Date: 30th June 2008 at 6:02pm
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Sat watching Spain emerge as the true winners of Euro 2008 I couldn`t but help smile.

There I was watching a team that had enthralled us all doing the tournament finally emerge victorious after being so disappointing so many times.

Spain and failure have gone hand in hand in recent years.

As a typical example, just go back less than two years when the winners of Euro 2008 were subjected to a mauling by none other than Northern Ireland, in the qualifying campaign.

That night, the un-fancied Ireland team beat Spain 3-2 courtesy of a hat trick from our very own David Healy.

At the managerial helm at Windsor Park that night was a certain Lawrie Sanchez, a Lawrie Sanchez who was on a high, a Lawrie Sanchez who had taken Northern Ireland to the brink of the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland.

The rest is history. Mr Al Fayed tempted Lawrie to Craven Cottage, things didn`t go as planned and Lawrie, to this day, remains on the old rock and roll.

It`s a fact that Sanchez, speaking after the final, remarked upon when he commented about that night and his quest to get back into football.

‘I am trying to see where I can get back into football, but there is nothing in the pipeline at the moment.”

‘Beating Spain was certainly one of the highlights of my managerial career and a special night for everyone involved.”

‘David was unbelievable. But the rest of the team contributed as well, and the fans played a massive part. I thought we thoroughly deserved our victory.’


Often people will insist they have no regrets when it comes to decisions made in their lives, I wonder if Lawrie has any regrets about leaving the Irish post to come to Craven Cottage?

 

13 Replies to “Sanchez – What Might Have Been?”

  • He’ll get a job, some club will take him on and he’ll probably do a decent job, in a lower league!

  • Maybe he could get a job with a lesser known country, and go back to the international scene……

  • He is actually talking about the team?!!!? Where is his usual “I did it” or “It was because of me” comments? Idiot!

  • Maybe, Oranje, Sanchez is learning a bit of humility? Agree with alexlarge (again) as long as Sanchez is as far away from Fulham as he can possibly be, I’m happy. Perhaps international management with Mongolia or something..

  • Everytime I see that picture of Sanchez in an article on this page it makes my blood boil!!!!

  • Oh don’t worry donfulham he isn’t learning anything! Just read the whole interview and it says “I beat the spanish but can’t get a job” as if it was a surprise!

  • I disagree that we want him as far away from Fulham as possible, get him a nice job with a Premier League side, he can buy all his dross from us at inflated prices and a guaranteed six points or us 😉

  • I’m not sure if “Lawrie has any regrets about leaving the Irish post to come to Craven Cottage” but I sure regret him leaving his Irish post to come to Craven Cottage. At least he was smart enough to keep his mouth shut during the spectacular run that saw Fulham stay up.

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