Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I'm Sorry for My Part in Surrender' MCMENEMY'S REGRET OVER SUNDERLAND RELEGATION

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I'm Sorry for My Part in Surrender' MCMENEMY'S REGRET OVER SUNDERLAND RELEGATION

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Byline: CRAIG JOHNS Sports Writer craig.johns@trinitymirror.com @craig_johns

FORMER Sunderland manager Lawrie McMenemy has apologised for the part he played in the club being relegated to the third tier of English football in 1987.

However, McMenemy insists there was a lot going on behind-thescenes at the club which did not help.

Detailing his career in his newly -released autobiography A Lifetime's Obsession, the former England assistant manager has dedicated a full chapter to his spell at Roker Park between 1985 and 1987 which he named 'Roker Hell.'.

* An unpopular figure on Wearside, the Gateshead-born manager was portrayed as a rat in one national newspaper at the time when he walked out on Sunderland in March 1987 with the club heading for relegation to the old Third Division.McMenemy writes: "The Sunderland public don't know half of what went on behind the scenes and never will unless I write a book.

"I do not need reminding that Sunderland AFC slipped into the third tier of English football for the first time in their history after my departure.

"I will be eternally sorry I played a part in that surrender. I am judged as a manager by what happens on the pitch and that was unacceptable at Sunderland.

"There are two misconceptions about my leaving. I was not sacked and I did not leave because I thought the club was going to be relegated but for the opposite reason - I thought my departure would give a new manager time to spark the revival I was certain would come."

McMenemy joined Sunderland after leaving Southampton in the summer of 1985.

It was quite a coup for the Wearsiders who had just been relegated from the First Division.

McMenemy had guided Southampton to FA Cup final triumph in 1976 and they were runners-up in the First Division in the 1983-84 campaign.

However, McMenemy was immediately disliked by Sunderland fans when documents were leaked which showed him to be the highest earning manager in English football. While he concedes matters did not go well on the pitch to help him justify that salary to fans, he says a lot of things worked against him at the club. …

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