Lawrie Sanchez has been without a managerial job since December 2007 when Premiership strugglers Fulham sacked him after he led the Fools to the bottom three in the league. Fulham thought that Sanchez was not good enough to sustain the London club in the top flight and so decided to get rid of him.
But Sanchez says that he gave his all and did his best. He even says that it was the failure of the Fulham board to meet his demands for extra players last summer when he managed to steer Fulham to safety. Sanchez says:
It should be remembered I was brought in to keep Fulham in the Premier League and I did. Seventeen games the following season, I’m sacked. It was a shock to the system. I undertook what was perhaps the biggest rebuilding of a Premier League club that’s ever been attempted. In the month I had at Fulham last season, I made it clear the squad needed to be rebuilt and we went about that process. I believe the squad is now better than the one I inherited.
Maybe it would be sadistic to suggest that deep in the bottom of his heart, Lawrie Sanchez must be praying that Fulham drop down to the Championship at the end of the season. And even with a certain Roy Hodgson in charge, Fulham could just fulfill Sanchez’s supposedly latent wisdom.