Lawrie SanchezFootball Manager

About Me

I have a wealth of experience within the game from Football League to the heights of the English Premier League as well as a very successful period in International Football. I have also spent time managing in both Ireland and Greece.

I have represented both Players and Managers on their respective Management Committees, helping to protect their rights within the game.

Furthermore I was one of the FA’s first holders of the UEFA Professional Licence.

I am still very much involved in the game appearing as a ‘pundit’ on all of the main media outlets at one time or another and out and about at weekends keeping an eye on this ever changing game.

I also attend sport/football conferences around the world, taking part either as a speaker, demonstrator, representative or simply an attendee.

Being in the game for over 35 years as a Player, Coach and ultimately Manager, I have seen the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly sides of the industry.

If you feel my unique knowledge of the industry may be of use to you either within or outside the game, please feel free to contact me.

In the Magic Kingdom that is SuperLeague even a Magician can only have so many powers.

- Lawrie Sanchez -

Career History

Nov 2013

Appointed Manager of Apollon

Greek SuperLeague club

Took 28 points from 23 games in a relegation battle

LMA Award

Barnet FC

F&C Performance of the Week Award - 9th August

Aug 2011
May 2011

Appointed Manager of Barnet FC

Successfully battled against relegation from the Football League and reached the Area Final of the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

Sports Personality of the Year

Reading Evening Post

Dec 2007
Aug 2007

Awarded the James Joyce Award

University College Dublin

Appointed Manager of Fulham FC

Successfully saved the Club’s Premier League Status

Mar 2007
Dec 2006

Nominated for “Coach of the Year” at BBC Sports Personality Awards

Coach of the Year (UTV)

Dec 2005
Dec 2005

Manager of the Year (Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland

Belfast Institute Award of Distinction

Northern Ireland

Nov 2005
Jan 2004

Appointed Northern Ireland Manager

Raised the Country’s FIFA ranking from 124 to 27th

FA Cup Semi-Finalists

Wycombe Wanderers FC

Apr 2001
Mar 2001

LMA Awards

Wycombe Wanderers FC

Scottish Mutual Assurance “Performance of the week Award” January 16th, February 20th and 10th March

LMA Award

Wycombe Wanderers

Performance of the Week Award

Aug 1999
Jan 1999

Appointed Wycombe Wanderers Manager

Successfully saved Club from relegation and took them to the 2001 FA Cup Semi Final

Appointed First Team Coach

Wimbledon FC

Aug 1997
Aug 1995

Appointed Reserve Team Coach

Won Combination Reserve League and finalist’s in Reserve Cup

Player/Manager Sligo Rovers

Managed them in Europe and reached the FAI Cup semi-final

Sep 1994
Apr 1994

Signed for Swindon FC

Wimbledon FA Cup Winners

Scored Cup winning goal

May 1988
Oct 1986

Represented Northern Ireland

vs Turkey

Wimbledon Promoted to Division 1

Scored promotion winning goal

May 1986
Dec 1984

Signed for Wimbledon FC

Graduated BSc Management Sciences

Loughborough University

Jul 1982
May 1979

Champions Division 4

Reading FC

Signed for Reading FC

First Professional Forms

Jun 1978
Mar 1978

Represented England Schoolboys

vs Scotland

Football League debut for Reading FC

12 appearances while still a schoolboy

Oct 1977


16years experience
433matches managed
58combined win & draw %
97FIFA world rankings climbed

In the Media


Lawrie Sanchez worked miracles with the NI team during his term as manager. He was the most successful manager since Billy Bingham in the 1980s. During his spell he orchestrated victories against England, Spain and other major European countries. When he resigned Northern Ireland were top of their European Group.

JIM BOYCE (FIFA Vice President)

Wimbledon at Wembly, Wycombe and now Windsor Park - a hattrick of entires in the football history books. Ability, hard work, perserverence and discipline do have their rewards.

HOWARD WILKINSON (Chairman of the League Managers Association)

I was priviledged to see your team's superb performance at Leicester. It was a delight to witness such commitment and tactical expertise. (After beating Leicester City in FA Cup Quarter Finals)

CRAIG BROWN (Scotland Team Manager)

Fantastic, wonderful, marvellous, brilliant, super, smashing, great, superkalafragalisticexpecaladocious!! Now go on and create football history by winning the Semi-Final. (After beating Leicester City in FA Cup Quarter Finals)

GRAHAM TAYLOR (Watford Honorary life-president)

If we can sell Newcastle Brown to Japan, and if Wimbledon can make it to the First Division, there is surely no achievement beyond our reach.

MARGARET THATCHER (Former Prime Minister)

Charity Work

Managerial Stats (combined win/draw %)

58Sligo Rovers
62Wycombe Wanderers
66Northern Ireland


/My Other Worlds

Dec 2012

University Challenge – Christmas 2012

The Universities of Newcastle and Loughborough do battle for a place in the semi-finals. The team was captained by five times Paralympian Tanni-Grey Thompson who is a Politics and Social…

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Giant Killers

‘Giantkillers’ was recorded as a bumper for ESPN's 3rd round coverage of 2010/11 FA CUP.

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Feb 2011


If you feel my unique  knowledge of the industry may be of use to you either within or outside of the game please feel free to contact me.