|NEW RESERVE BOSS APPOINTED
(Friday 19th April 2002)
Lawrie Sanchez has returned to his 'old school' again to appoint former Wimbledon team-mate Peter Cawley as Reserve Team boss from the start of the 2002/3 campaign. Cawley will take over from another ex-Don, Terry Gibson, who is thought to be moving back into coaching duties with the First Team. It's been a bit of merry-go-round in the Reserve set-up at Wycombe over the past twelve months. Wanderers appointed Michael Forsyth as Reserve Team coach last summer but he was later moved into the Youth Team set-up following the departure of Gary Goodchild. That move forced Gibson back to his old role as Reserve Team Coach but Gibson appears to prefer his First Team involvement.
36 year Cawley has been working on the coaching side at Wimbledon until recently and Sanchez is hoping he will bring a new fitness level to the entire Wycombe squad in addition to his job as Reserve Team Coach.
As a player, Cawley started his pro career with Wimbledon in 1987 after being spotted playing for non-League Chertsey Town. However, he made just two First Team appearances for The Dons, although one was the 1988 Charity Shield Final at Wembley versus Liverpool where he lined up alongside Sanchez and Gibson before the Merseysiders ran-out 2-0 winners. He then went through a host of loan and short term spells at the likes of Bristol Rovers, Fulham, Southend United, Exeter City and Barnet before settling at Colchester United from October 1992. Cawley spent nearly six years with The U's, making 177 League appearances and scoring eight times before moving into the coaching scene with Wimbledon.
It's his background in fitness and sports science that Sanchez is hoping will benefit the Wanderers. Sanchez is banking on a summer fitness regime giving his side the edge over other clubs and Cawley's expertise will add to what is already an impressive backroom set-up at Adams Park.
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