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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 September 2006, 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK
Sanchez's future as boss in doubt
Lawrie Sanchez after the win over Spain
Sanchez threw his IFA blazer into the crowd after the game
The future of Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez appears to be in doubt despite the dramatic 3-2 win over Spain at Windsor Park on Wednesday evening.

Irish Football Association chief executive Howard Wells has refused to comment on speculation that Sanchez is set to quit his job as national boss.

Wells did admit that there were "some issues which need to be sorted out".

The NI boss did not speak to the media after the victory and left the ground straight after the match.

I hope the issues can be sorted out

IFA chief executive Howard Wells

The IFA chief cited "personal reasons" for the manager's non-appearance at a post-match press conference and it is known that Sanchez has suffered a family bereavement in recent days.

The former Wycombe boss suffered criticism from press and supporters following the 3-0 defeat by Iceland in Saturday's opening Euro 2008 qualifier but a hat-trick by David Healy saw his side come from behind twice to beat the Spaniards.

After the final whistle, Sanchez threw his IFA blazer and tie into the crowd, a gesture which may now be perceived as a farewell to the Windsor Park fans.

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Wells told the BBC: "We are in the process of resolving some issues and will issue a statement if and when we have something to say".

"Football in Northern Ireland and the future of the national team is the priority and I hope the issues can be sorted out.

"Some of the media were severe in their criticism of him after the defeat by Iceland and that is where all this speculation started."

It is believed that a meeting of IFA officials has been arranged for Thursday evening.



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