Football: Sanchez Urged to Stay on amid Talk of Leaving
Gaunt, Ken, The Independent (London, England)
The Irish Football Association's office bearers were meeting last night to discuss the failure of the Northern Ireland coach Lawrie Sanchez to appear at the press conference following his side's triumphant 3-2 victory against Spain on Wednesday night thanks to a David Healy hat-trick.
Speculation continued to mount yesterday about Sanchez's future and there were claims locally that he could be about to leave his post. The IFA insisted before last night's scheduled meeting that the issue of Sanchez's departure was not on their agenda, while the association's president, Jim Boyce, said: "I expect Lawrie to stay on as manager until the end of the European qualifiers."
The chief executive Howard Wells - who was due to be in attendance at last night's meeting - had earlier refused to clear up the mystery surrounding Sanchez's future.
Asked if Sanchez had talked about resigning to him, Wells said: "What we discussed last night is that for personal reasons he would prefer not to do the post-match interviews. I respected that opinion. That is the basis on what we had a conversation.
"It has been a traumatic week for Lawrie. There has been a lot of pressure following the Iceland game." Northern Ireland lost that match 3-0, but recovered to defeat Spain. …