Whites ap­point Slav­isa Jokanovic – and Cauley Woodrow says it’s a coup

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

CAULEY Woodrow was nowhere to be seen the last time Slav­isa Jokanovic graced Craven Cot­tage. But hav­ing scored twice in front of his new boss on Tues­day night, the Eng­land Un­der-21 striker is hope­ful of a new be­gin­ning at Ful­ham.

Jokanovic has agreed an 18month deal to take over in west Lon­don, end­ing the Whites’ painstak­ing eight-week search for a new boss.

In the 47year-old Ser­bian, they have gained some­one with a pedi­gree for suc­cess in Eng­land, hav­ing suc­cess­fully guided Wat­ford out of the Cham­pi­onship last term – beat­ing Ful­ham 5-0 en route.

That day, Woodrow was not named in the match­day 18.

But as Jokanovic, pic­tured be­low, took his place among the crowd for the 4-1 win over Rother­ham 12 months on, Woodrow made his first league start of the sea­son and pro­duced a scin­til­lat­ing dis­play.

And the 21-year-old be­lieves Jokanovic can make an in­stant im­pact.

“I think it’s a coup,” said Woodrow. “What he did at Wat­ford was great. Hope­fully he can do that for us.

“We’ve had to wait a lit­tle while but the club wanted to get the right man, which is im­por­tant to the squad. Now we’ve got the right man, hope­fully we can kick on.

“He came in the chang­ing room be­fore the game and in­tro­duced him­self. We’ll get to know him more and he’ll tell us what his am­bi­tions are.

“He told us to enjoy the game, be solid and ex­press our­selves. He didn’t come in at half-time.

“I don’t know if it gave us a lift. We go into ev­ery game try­ing to win. Ev­ery game is the same, but for us to get a win in front of the new man­ager has been great.

“He’s a big name and a big man­ager. Hope­fully he can do well for the club and take us high up.”


De­spite Ful­ham’s er­ratic form, Woodrow has had to sit and watch from the bench for large parts of the sea­son with the highly-rated Moussa Dem­bele lead­ing the line.

Thirty of his 46 ca­reer Cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances have been as a sub­sti­tute and the goals have not been forth­com­ing.

But he showed all the poise of a pol­ished striker to beat the Rother­ham off­side trap and round goal­keeper Lee Camp be­fore fin­ish­ing into an empty net.

And he then dis­played a poacher’s in­stinct to sweep in Ross McCor­mack’s right-wing cross with a first-time fin­ish.

For­mer Chelsea mid­fielder Jokanovic must have been im­pressed with what he wit­nessed on a night one of Ful­ham’s all-time great for­wards Jimmy Hill was re­mem­bered, inset.

And Woodrow hopes that night was just the tip of the iceberg.

“It was my first start in the league this sea­son,” he added.

“I’ve been wait­ing for my op­por­tu­nity and I’d like to think I’ve opened peo­ple’s eyes and get a chance in up­com­ing games.

“I hope it’s a fresh start. I want to get more min­utes and get as many goals as I can.

“It was a good game for me and for the team as well. For us to get the win was the main thing. For me to get two goals was nice.

“It’s down to the man­ager what team he picks. I did well against Rother­ham and hope­fully he has me in mind for up­com­ing games.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

HAIR-RAIS­ING: Woodrow, right, cel­e­brates one of his goals against the Millers ON THE BURST: Cauley Woodrow races for­ward against Rother­ham in mid­week

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