Steve Bruce emerges as new favourite to be Fulham's next manager, six months after his Aston Villa side lost to Cottagers

Slavisa Jokanovic, Manager of Fulham looks on ahead of the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Arsenal FC at Craven Cottage on October 7, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

The former Aston Villa manager has leapfrogged several big names in the running to replace Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham.

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

The former Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has replaced David Moyes as favourite to succeed Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham - that is with bookmaker Paddy Power.

Sacked by Villa at the start of October, Bruce has leapfrogged Moyes in the betting - as well as, among others, Sam Allardyce, Claudio Ranieri and Chris Coleman - after seeing his odds shortened to 5/2.

The experienced boss led Aston Villa to fourth in the Championship last season, before losing to Fulham, of all teams, in the play-off final at Wembley.

 

His CV does, however, boast four promotions, which could come in handy should Fulham succumb to relegation this season, although he also helped to keep a string of clubs in the Premier League.

Jokanovic has lost his last five league games as Cottagers boss and, according to reports, could be relived of his duties if his side lose at Liverpool this weekend.

Slavisa Jokanovic, Manager of Fulham looks on ahead of the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Arsenal FC at Craven Cottage on October 7, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Paddy Power have suspended betting on Bruce, who has also been linked with the Reading position since leaving Aston Villa, becoming the next Southampton manager.

Could Fulham turn to the former Villa manager if Jokanovic leaves?

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