Nottingham Forest's alleged top target Slavisa Jokanovic reportedly rejected Stoke this week

Nottingham Forest fans show their support during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on March 11, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

Nottingham Forest need to replace Aitor Karanka and could bring Slavisa Jokanovic back to the Championship after his Fulham sacking.

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka

Few would have been surprised to see Aitor Karanka handed his P45 by Nottingham Forest on Friday morning.

The manager has been under pressure for some time and, despite beating Leeds United 4-2 in their most recent Championship game, it appeared that Karanka was on borrowed time with his relationship with the Forest hierarchy understood to have soured of late.

 

And it seems that the East Midland club have been planning for the Spaniard’s departure for some time.

On Boxing Day, the Mail reported that Forest had already identified Slavisa Jokanovic as their top target should Karanka bite the bullet.

Three weeks later, Jokanovic is still a free man. And, interestingly, he allegedly rejected one of Forest’s fellow Championship clubs just days ago.

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London, on January...

According to Sky Sports, the Serbian tactician rejected the chance to talk to Stoke City after The Potters sacked Gary Rowett as he felt the job was not right for him.

Whether this is good or bad news for Nottingham Forest remains to be seen. Jokanovic was sacked by Fulham as recently as November and it remains to be seen whether he is willing to drop down to the Championship again after a taste of life in the Premier League.

Head coach Slavisa Jokanovic of Fulham is seen

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