Report: ‘Wage demands’ preventing Slavisa Jokanovic agreeing new Watford contract

Watford Vicarage Road

Jokanovic has been linked with Leeds, Newcastle and West Ham, and he has yet to agree a new contract with Watford.

As per a report in the Watford Observer, Slavisa Jokanovic has yet agreed a deal with the Hornets due to a failure to reach an agreement on wage demands with the club.

Jokanovic arrived at Vicarage Road earlier this season, and oversaw the club’s rise to the Premier League as second-placed finishers in the Championship. They may have missed out the league title due to a last minute Sheffield Wednesday equaliser in the final game of the season, but the Serb’s work in Hertfordshire has been lauded from all corners.

However, Jokanovic’s impressive success has drawn admiring glances from a selection of other clubs, who themselves are looking at hiring a new manager this summer.

Leeds United and West Ham were named as two teams eyeing up the 46-year-old by reputed journalist Guillem Balague, whilst the Daily Mail reported that Newcastle and Sunderland have been tracking Jokanovic for the past few weeks.

The Serbian boss only agreed a deal until the end of this season when arriving at the club, and the continuing delays on him agreeing a deal have opened the door for a potential exit amid all the reported interest.

Jokanovic is unlikely to turn down the chance to manage Watford in the Premier League, having been the man in charge as they secured promotion, but with his future still in doubt, there are worries he may yet depart Vicarage Road at the end of his contract.

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