Lawrie Sanchez
LAWRIE
SANCHEZ

Lawrie Sanchez was most recently the manager of Apollon Smyrnis in Greece.

Sanchez has achieved unprecedented results for teams he has managed, just as he did as a player at Wimbledon.

Sanchez led a third-tier Wycombe Wanderers to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and lifted Northern Ireland nearly 100 places in the FIFA rankings.

After entering Wembley folklore with the Wimbledon goal that beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final, Lawrie returned to the Dons after a spell in charge of Sligo Rovers.

He took the Irish outfit to the Cup Winners Cup before managing Wimbledon's reserves and stepping up to first team coach.

At Wycombe, Sanchez inherited a team at the bottom of the old Second Division. They avoided the drop by claiming 23 points from the last 11 matches.

Two seasons later, having consolidated the club's status, Sanchez inspired a run to the Cup semi-finals and a narrow defeat to eventual winners Liverpool. Despite playing 63 matches in that 2000-01 season, Wanderers maintained a mid-table position.

Lawrie became one of the first managers in the country to gain the UEFA Pro Licence.

Sanchez left Wycombe in 2003 having become, after four-and-a-half years, the longest-serving manager in their history.

Northern Ireland were ranked 124th in the World and had not scored a goal for over 1,200 minutes when Lawrie took charge in 2004.

By the time he left the job, Ireland were top of their Euro 2008 qualifying group and were 27th in the World, an all-time high. Sanchez enjoyed notable wins over England, Sweden and Spain.

While still manager of Northern Ireland, Lawrie answered the call of Fulham, initially as caretaker, and kept them in the Premier League before leaving at the end of 2007.

Towards the end of the 2010/11 campaign, he successfully assisted Barnet in their quest to avoid relegation from the npower Football League, before taking on the reigns full time. He remained with the club until April 2012.

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