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50-year-old rejects Stoke City advances as managerial hunt continues

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Slavisa Jokanovic has reportedly turned down the offer to talk to Stoke City on the same day that Gary Rowett was officially relieved of his duties. 

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett revealed that Jokanovic turned down the chance to talk to Stoke, stating that he wasn’t ready for a return to football management.

It has also been reported that Jokanovic isn’t able to take up a new role as a manager this season following his dismissal at Fulham back in November.

This latest news will be frustrating news for Stoke supporters, with Jokanovic likely to have been one of their top targets to take over from Rowett.

Jokanovic, 50, was sacked by Fulham in November following a poor start to the season in the Premier League, and he is sure to be on the managerial shortlist for any Championship vacancies that arise in the future.

He is proven at this level and led Fulham to promotion last season via the play-offs.

The Daily Mail have recently reported that Luton boss Nathan Jones and Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder have emerged as names on Stoke’s shortlist.

The Verdict

This will come as a blow to Stoke as they hunt for a new manager.

Jokanovic was surely one of their top targets, and it’s frustrating to hear that he has turned down their offer.

Stoke will need to act quickly to appoint a new manager, so that they can have their say on any new signings that are needed to help aid their slim chances of promotion.

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Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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