Slavisa Jokanovic is leading Watford’s bid for promotion this season, but admits he may be at the club by the time the 2015/16 campaign begins.
The 46-year-old was installed as the Hornets boss in October, and has gone on to oversee 18 victories from the 32 matches played under his guidance. This has contributed to the Vicarage Road club’s push up the Championship table, and they are currently in sight of automatic promotion as they stand level on points with second-place Norwich City with just four games to go.
If Watford beat Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night and other results this midweek go their way, they would clinch a playoff place with a marked improvement on their 13th place finish last season. However, Jokanovic only has a contract until the end of the season, and even if he leads them into the Premier League, he accepts he may not be given an extension in the summer.
“This is not a question for me,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s a question for the office. I don’t start to prepare for next season. I don’t start to prepare for a Championship season or a Premier League season. It’s real life. We finish this season and then I’m going to ask them if they prepare something for next season or not. Watford can try and find another solution if they are not happy with me.”
After the clash at the City Ground on Wednesday, the Hornets take on Birmingham City at home before ending the calendar month with a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion. And on the final day of the campaign they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Vicarage Road, a match in which they will hope to secure a return to a top-flight they last represented during the 2006/07 season.