Focus on Fulham v PNE

Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
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MEET THE BOSS: Slavisa Jokanovic

The Serbian took the Fulham head coach job in December 2015 and recently signed a new contract which runs until June 2019.

He guided Watford to promotion to the Premier League in May 2015 but did not get the chance to lead them in the top flight, with Quique Sánchez Flores replacing him that summer. Jokanovic, who had a two-year spell as a player with Chelsea, started his coaching career in Serbia with Partizan. The 48-year-old has also worked at clubs in Thailand, Bulgaria, Spain and Israel.

MEET THE REF: Simon Hooper

The Wiltshire referee will take charge of a Preston game for the fourth time this season when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage. The three so far have all resulted in wins, against Bournemouth, Bristol City and Brighton. This will be the 34th game of the campaign that Mr Hooper has overseen, the latest being Aston Villa’s clash with Bristol City. This is his ninth season on the Football League list and he has had one appointment in the Premier League.

THIS WEEK...

36 years ago: On February 28, 1981, Preston beat Chelsea 1-0 at Deepdale. Alex Bruce, on as a substitute for Peter Sayer, scored the winner in the second half.

30 years ago: Goals from Gary Brazil and John Thomas gave North End a 2-1 victory over Exeter City at St James’s Park on March 4, 1987. It formed part of a 16-game unbeaten run in the league.

22 years ago: On March 4, 1995, David Beckham made his PNE debut after moving to Deepdale on loan from Manchester United. The teenager scored direct from a corner in a 2-2 draw, Simon Davey also on target.

19 years ago: David Moyes got his first league win as PNE boss, Michael Appleton and Simon Davey scoring in a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth.