Reported Sunderland managerial target Slavisa Jokanovic comments on his future at Watford

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Jokanovic has been linked with a switch to Sunderland this summer, but he seems keen to remain with Watford.

Speaking to the Watford Observer, Jokanovic has admitted that he would ‘prefer to be’ at Watford next season, despite interest from Sunderland.

The Serb said: “I am very happy here and it is a great place. Watford gave me a big chance and I have tried to give them something back. If you ask me where I would prefer to be, I can be very happy working next season here at Watford.”

“It will be very interesting and very important for me to stay here and try to build a stronger team than we have now.”

It is no surprise to see Jokanovic keen on remaining with Watford, having just overseen their promotion to the Premier League, and with a chance to claim the Championship title this weekend - the highest honour the Golden Boys would have won in their history.

The Daily Mail linked Jokanovic, 46, to Sunderland prior to Watford’s promotion, and with his contract expiring at the end of this season, the Wearside club were said to be weighing up a move for him.

Dick Advocaat is in charge until the end of the season, and there is still no indication as to which division the Black Cats will be playing in next term. Relegation to the second division is still a real possibility, and that would make securing any manager hard - especially, Jokanovic, who will be in the Premier League next season with the Hornets.

It seems as if the only chance Sunderland have of securing Jokanovic will be if they retain their Premier League status, and even then the Serb seems to see his future at Vicarage Road.

And considering his incredible success in such a short space of time, that should delight fans of the Hornets heading into their return to the top flight.

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