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Thursday 11 April 2013

On this day: Fulham hire Sanchez to avoid drop

In our series looking at Premier League history, a change of manager at Fulham late in the season

  • Lawrie Sanchez combined his job at Craven Cottage with that of Northern Ireland manager

  • Sanchez managed one win that season, against Liverpool rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 11 April 2007 Lawrie Sanchez named manager of Fulham

Fulham appointed Lawrie Sanchez as caretaker-manager with fears growing over possible relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

The Cottagers were four points above the relegation zone in 16th, with five matches remaining, and called on Sanchez, who was managing Northern Ireland to combine jobs, having relieved Chris Coleman of his duties after a 3-1 home defeat by Manchester City.

Coleman, who had taken the job in 2003 after a successful spell as a player with the club, had suffered a seven-match winless run. Sanchez, who played in the Barclays Premier League for Wimbledon in the early 1990s, started with a 1-0 defeat by Reading and a 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers.

After losing 3-1 away to Arsenal, Sanchez’s first win was an impressive 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the penultimate match of the season and although they lost to Middlesbrough on the final day they narrowly avoided relegation.

His reward was a permanent deal as manager, for which he quit the Northern Ireland job. Among the new signings he made in the summer, Sanchez brought in Danny Murphy, Chris Baird and Aaron Hughes, who all played an important role at the club over the following years.

His tenure as at Craven Cottage came to an end after winning two of the opening 17 matches of the 2007/08 season, being replaced by Roy Hodgson.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember a change of manager at Fulham late in the season