Why Watford’s Slavisa Jokanovic has proven himself as the perfect manager for Sunderland

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Jokanovic has worked wonders with Watford this season, and he is perfect for Sunderland.

Jokanovic has been linked with taking over at the Stadium of Light next season, as per the Daily Mail, and he has done much to prove this term that he would be perfect for the club.

The 46-year-old Serbian arrived at Vicarage Road as the Hornets fourth head coach of the campaign, with little reputation in English football. He had two Serbian league titles to his name, as well as an undefeated title-winning campaign in the Thai Premier League in 2012.

He inherited what was a strong squad, but with a number of troublemakers, and has taken them to within two games of their first ever Championship title, and promotion to the Premier League.

A stoic but severe management style has been behind this, and there is a team spirit amongst the Hornets that has long been absent. The likes of Lewis McGugan and Lloyd Dyer have been forced out of the club to ensure the mentality is not undermined, and it would come as no surprise to see the Hertfordshire club win their remaining two games to claim the title.

It is this kind of manager who is needed at the Stadium of Light, with their squad devoid of character and mentality and fragmented in every position. Their is a lack of continuity in the squad, and every new manager who has come in has changed their opinion on the squad, without ever seeing any action through.

Jokanovic would fix this problem, with his no-nonsense attitude getting the best out of his players and building a team who can truly fight every opponent. He is not the hard-faced manager who will alienate players for the sake of it, but he has the ability to create an order at the club that is needed.

Jokanovic will probably not be available this summer if Watford achieve promotion to the Premier League, as he is sure to sign a new contract. However, if the Hornets mess up their final weeks and stay in the Championship, then Sunderland should go all out to secure the promising Serbian coach.

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