250 NOT OUT FOR SANCHEZ
(Tuesday 16th September 2003)
Lawrie Sanchez took charge of his 250th competitive game as Wycombe Manager in the Division Two game with Colchester United at Adams Park on Tuesday 16th September 2003. COTN brought you the stats leading up to Sanchez's 100th game in charge when Wycombe made the trip to Millwall in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup in December 2000, the 150th game when Bournemouth visited Adams Park on Saturday 13th October 2001 and the 200th game when Wanderers lost 1-0 at Brentford on Saturday 21st September 2002.

For the stats fanatics the game at Brentford marked the first time Wanderers had lost four consecutive League games under Sanchez. The feat was repeated again during the run-in to the 2002/3 season where a run of eight games without a win was also the worse ever League run without a win since the arrival of Sanchez in February 1999.

Other landmarks were added to as well. The 4-0 defeats to Cardiff and Chesterfield equalled the biggest home and away League defeats respectively. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale the 4-0 home victory over Brentford in March 2003 was the biggest winning margin in a home League game under Sanchez while the 5-0 victory at Northampton in January 2003 knocked all other away League victories into touch and is statistically the best result on the road in Wanderers ten year Football League history.

The latest milestone also comes at the time where the Wycombe Manager has been connected to the vacant position at Reading. However, the Wycombe boss has said very little on what appears to be mere press speculation, saying "I am the manager of this football club until such time as the chairman tells me otherwise and Iím happy with that situation.". Meanwhile Wanderers midfielder Steve Brown commented to the Bucks Free Press ďNobody at this football club would begrudge anybody going anywhere better and that is what football is about. We all start off at levels and we all want to better ourselves whether that be management or players. They talk about younger managers in the game and it would be nice for the gaffer to go on to somewhere like Reading. Heís an ex-player there and you might see more of his managerial skills blossomĒ. Club Captain Keith Ryan added ďI suppose with our gaffer being one of the brightest young managers around, he is bound to be linked with the job. Itís going to be an interesting one to see how it pans out. Iím sure our manager wants to better himself, heís said all the way along, and if the opportunity arose I suppose he would have to look at it very carefully. Iíve seen a lot of managers come and go and the transition between them is difficult, but we will just have to wait and see and cross that bridge when we come to it.Ē

These are the statistics since Sanchez joined The Chairboys in February 1999.

Sanchez Summary - League and Cup games
Season Pl W D L
1998/1999 18 8 4 6
1999/2000 55 18 17 20
2000/2001 63 23 18 22
2001/2002 53 20 14 19
2002/2003 52 16 13 23
2003/2004 9 2 2 5
Total 250 87 68 95
Lawrie's Landmarks - League and Cup games
Biggest home win Biggest away win
4-0 Brentford 8 March 2003 5-0 Northampton Town 4 Jan 2003
Biggest home defeats Biggest away defeats
0-4 Stoke 23 Nov 1999
0-4 Cardiff City 8 April 2003
1-5 Walsall 24 March 2001
1-5 Stoke 15 Dec 2001
0-4 Brighton 5 March 2002
0-4 Chesterfield 22 March 2003
Sanchez Sequences - League games only
Most consecutive wins  - 3 (various)
Longest spell unbeaten within season - 12 (12 Sep 2001 - 20 Nov 2001)
Most consecutive defeats - 4 twice (Sep 2002 and March/April 2003)
Longest spell without a win - 8 (22 Mar 2003 - 3 May 2003)

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