Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic comments on speculation linking him with Sunderland managerial role

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Jokanovic has commented on the chances of him taking charge of Sunderland.

Quoted by talkSPORT, Serbian coach Jokanovic has made his feelings very clear over the potential of him taking charge of Sunderland in the summer.

He said: “I am only thinking about [Watford’s next opponent] Brighton and not worried about [the speculation]. That is not important and I am happy as Watford coach. I am concentrated on what is in front of us.”

Former Chelsea midfield Jokanovic arrived in England this season, taking charge of the Hornets as their fourth head coach of the campaign. He has worked wonders with a strong squad, removing certain troublemakers and building a team spirit and resilience about his team not often associated with the Golden Boys.

He came to the Championship as something of an unknown, with his playing career more illustrious than his management one. A single season at Stamford Bridge followed a La Liga title in 2000 with Deportivo, and he represented Yugoslavia 64 times.

His management career saw him win consecutive Serbian League and Cup doubles with Partizan Belgrade, before claiming the Thai Premier League in 2012 after progressing through the season unbeaten.

He has taken charge of 34 games with the Hornets, winning an impressive 20 for a win percentage of 58.8%. He is just two games off leading the Hertfordshire-based club to the Premier League, and it is no surprise that he has written off Sunderland’s interest, with all the pressure of Championship promotion upon his squad.

His contract expires this summer, and he has yet to be offered a new deal to stay at Vicarage Road, although it is expected that he will sign an extension if the club do win promotion to the top flight.

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