Here’s something: The Two Unfortunates has a piece on Wycombe Wanderers managers, and of course this little group contains one Lawrie Sanchez:
“Part-Mafioso, part Churchillian leader, Lawrie’s astonishing assuredness throughout the run was hugely inspiring to players and fans – he never for a second seemed in doubt that we could win the whole damned thing”
A lot of Fulham fans didn’t like the cut of Sanchez’s jib. I think this was partly the aforementioned confidence, but confidence in itself isn’t a bad thing. No, what Sanchez lacked was humility, which his successor, Roy Hodgson, did seem to possess.
Or did he? When he went to Liverpool, Hodgson, with something to prove and results not going well, was portrayed in much the same way as Lawrie Sanchez was with Fulham: defensive, harking back to past glories… his every public action indirectly or directly saying “No, you’re wrong – I CAN do this job! Just leave me alone and I’ll prove it.”
Of course, Sanchez carried this on after he left Fulham, but in his position he probably felt he had no choice: football managers are well remunerated; out of work football managers aren’t. He genuinely believed/s that he has something to offer as a manager, but feels that he’s effectively been black-balled as a result of that experience at Fulham. A stint at Barnet is all he’s managed post-Fulham.
I’m not saying he deserved better, but I do think there’s a parallel universe where Lawrie Sanchez is still doing okay as a football manager. Meanwhile, in this world, he could do worse than to take the Hodgson route back: get abroad, get winning, get another chance. He’s still young enough, after all.