Former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is adamant he could have turned the club’s fortunes around, but he has wished them well following his sacking.
Cottagers owner Shahid Khan decided to wield the axe on Wednesday after a slow start to the Premier League campaign.
Jokanovic and his squad earned promotion in May, but they have since won just one game in their last 12.
He was immediately replaced by former Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri but Jokanovic insists he would have eventually got it right at Craven Cottage.
In a statement he said: “It is always disappointing when this happens, but I reflect on my spell at Fulham with immense pride and gratitude, looking back on great memories following my appointment at this fantastic football club almost three years ago now.
“I feel that we gave the club’s fans a footballing identity and a team to be proud of.
I was still confident that we would have been able to turn things around after our slow start to the season, just as we had done in previous years, but I respectfully accept the club’s decision.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Shahid Khan for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club and for his kindness. I extend my thanks to everyone at Fulham Football Club.”
Ranieri’s first game in charge will be against Southampton on November 24.
Fulham are 2.70 favourites, with the draw 3.20, while the Saints are 2.75 to grab all three points.