Fulham, English Premier league employer of Americans Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Kasey Keller, on Friday fired Manager Lawrie Sanchez, placing assistants Ray Wellington and Billy McKinlay in charge of the club until a new manager is appointed. Sanchez lasted just eight months on the job after replacing Chris Coleman in April. Fulham is currently 18th place in the Premier League table.
"Following a run of disappointing results, the club is languishing in the relegation zone of the Premier League table, and losing its Premiership status is a proposition that simply cannot be contemplated at this stage in the club's ongoing development,'' a statement from the club said.
Sanchez's sacking, which comes just 10 days before the January transfer window opens, places the future of the American contingent in doubt. Dempsey, in particular, enjoyed a good run of games under Sanchez, while a series of injuries kept McBride from seeing much action under the former Northern Ireland coach. Keller also suffered a long-term injury earlier this season. According to the AP report, former Fulham player John Collins, who quit as manager of Scottish club Hibernian on Thursday, is the leading candidate to take Sanchez's place.