By Will Butcher
Nottingham Forest are weighing up a summer move for Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon revealed on his personal Twitter account that Serbian boss Jokanovic is Forest’s number-one target, while Mark Warburton is also in the running.
Forest are in search of a manager after owner Fawad Al-Hasawi decided to axe Frenchman Philippe Montanier following a dismal run of form that saw Forest edge perilously close to the drop zone.
Duo Gary Brazil and Jack Lester are set to remain in charge of handling the clubs’ first-team affairs until the end of the season, after an interim spell in charge.
However, they are not expected to keep their managerial role as the two-time European champions look to install a new manager in the summer from outside the club.
Jokanovic, who has also managed Premier League outfit Watford, has inspired Fulham to a lofty ninth position this season, with just six points separating them from the play-offs.
Known for his desire to keep the ball on the deck and to play expansive, free-flowing attacking football, Jokanovic’s style on the pitch could be behind Forest’s decision to target him.
Football Insider verdict:
Forest are a very big club, steeped in football history with two back-to-back European Cup victories in 1979-80 and 1980-81. They do not belong in the second division of English football, but instead should be in the Premier League. Forest need a manager who can mastermind promotion to the top flight, and after achieving such success with Watford during the 2014-15 season in which the Hornets gained promotion, Jokanovic could be identified as the man who can achieve the same with Forest. His knowledge of how to successfully manoeuvre the Championship could be key to Forest, as they remain desperate to gain promotion and end their nine-season affinity with the league.
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