Jokanovic takes on Hornets role

07 October 2014 08:01:53 EST

Former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic has become the fourth man to take on the role of head coach with Watford already this season.

Beppe Sannino (sacked) and Oscar Garcia (ill health) had already left Vicarage Road before Billy McKinlay took charge for the last two games, with the Scot now replaced by Jokanovic, who has coaching experience from spells with Partizan Belgrade, Muangthong United, Levski Sofia and Hercules.

Hornets owner Gino Pozzo has defended his decision to make yet another change, with his ultimate aim getting the club back into the Premier League.

He told the club's official website:"Our job is always to act in the best long-term interests of this football club. There can be no compromise on this - whatever the circumstances.

"I fully support and endorse the view from our technical staff that, given the talented squad which has been assembled and our position in the league, an experienced head coach with a winning pedigree is of primary importance to help ensure the success we are all striving for."

Jokanovic enjoyed success in his Serbian homeland by guiding Partizan to back-to-back league and cup doubles in 2007/08 and 2008/09, while he also won the league title in Thailand with Muangthong United in 2013.

He takes over a Watford side who currently sit in third place in the Championship, behind Nottingham Forest and Norwich City on goal difference only.

Watford are 1/1000 to be promoted this season, with the Canaries 4/5 and Forest 1000/1.

Jokanovic's first game in charge comes on Saturday 18th October, when the Hornets head to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday.

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