Slavisa Jokanovic half sidestepped GetWestLondon’s question whether he had made his peace with the Fulham recruitment process.

The gaffer, who is a one-game-at-a-time commenter when it suits, shocked everyone in the summer as he rounded on the system Fulham insists is the way forward.

Craig Kline, the subject of his verbal attack, was added to the board last week along with son of owner Tony Khan, and anyone who’s followed the saga knows Jokanovic’s ire at a man bent over a statistics database ticking boxes, and watching potential targets go by.

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At first, it was thought Serbian Jokanovic had misheard the question when he spoke of not recruiting now.

But he knew all right.

“I understand you very well, but I’m not thinking about recruitment,” he said. “I am thinking about this period and what will happen to the other end.

“It’s many new people on the board, or not, and we need to cooperate to try and make still better job is what I will say about recruitment.

“But right now I’m not exactly thinking about recruitment, I’m thinking about this season.

“It’s not time to surrender, there are 39 points in front of us, and we have to be ready for this set of five games, with four at home.”

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