Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 10 October 2015

Sanchez faces axe as Fayed loses his patience

By Stuart McKinley

Published 14/12/2007

Lawrie Sanchez is facing the axe from Mohamed Al Fayed, with only victory against Newcastle United tomorrow likely to save his job.

The former Northern Ireland boss is coming under increasing pressure at Craven Cottage, just eight months after walking out on the international post to take over from Chris Coleman.

Fulham have won just two league games this season - both at home - and Sanchez is expected to be out of a job early next week unless they earn a win against Newcastle.

Harrods boss and Fulham owner Al Fayed is understood to have lost patience with Sanchez, who he handed a substatial transfer fund in the summer.

Just under than £10million of that was spent on Northern Ireland quartet Chris Baird, Aaron Hughes, Steve Davis and David Healy, who all performed so well for him in the international stage.

A further £6million went on striker Diomansy Kamara, but he has been a major flop and hasn't even come close to justifying that price tag.

With the January transfer window looming Sanchez is hoping to have more money to spend in order to stave off relegation, but with only goal difference separating them from the relegation zone, his 22nd game as a Premier League manager may be the last.

It is only just over a week ago that Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was himself coming under intense pressure, but a home draw against Arsenal followed by victory against Birmingham City has lifted the mood at St James' Park.

If the Magpies boss follows up those results with victory at Fulham then Sanchez will be the next Premier League manager to get the boot rather than him.

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is the current bookies favourite to be next to go, with Sanchez second.

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