Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Lawrie's head on chopping block

Lawrie Sanchez knows that it is make or break time for him at Fulham.

The former Northern Ireland manager enters tomorrow's crunch match at home to Wigan needing a win to keep his job.

Sanchez's cause has not been helped following the decision of John Collins to leave Scottish Premier League side Hibs.

Collins is a former Fulham player and was a big favourite with the fans at Craven Cottage.

After a crippling run of four defeats in five matches Fulham are now in the bottom three, as are Wigan, and desperately need a good Christmas period to climb out of trouble.

As for the manager's position at Easter Road, former Northern Ireland star Neil Lennon is believed to be interested in the Hibs post.

Lennon, 36, is currently playing for Nottingham Forest, but a move back to Scotland, where he was a big hero with Celtic, appeals to him.

Falkirk boss John Hughes has insisted he is not a contender to replace Collins at Hibernian.

Former Hibs player Hughes, 43, was shocked to learn Collins had quit his Easter Road post but stressed his "100%" commitment to Falkirk.

Hughes said: "I'll just knock it on the head right now. I'm happy where I am.

"Falkirk have really stuck by me. They were good enough to give me the chance of management and I'm 100% committed to the cause to take the club where we want to go."

Collins, 39, quit his first management job yesterday after becoming frustrated by the lack of transfer funds available to him, despite player sales earning the club £8.8million this year.

Meanwhile on the international front the IFA were set to speak to Nigel Worthington's agents today in a bid to tie up a deal for him to lead the Northern Ireland team into the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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