Saints Lawrie McMenemy

It’s sink or swim for top flight’s new bosses

Daily Echo:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

I have always said that when the fixtures came out I used to hope the first game would be away from home.

You can do it, Franny!

Daily Echo:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Franny Benali was always up front in the pre-season workouts, whether it was running around the track, going up hills or in the gymnasium.

No sign of Big Mac

Daily Echo:

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Whilst abroad I was asked if I wanted to go and watch Toto and what I thought was Malcolm Macdonald play.

A giant leap in States of play

Daily Echo:

8:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

I’ve been in America recently and, coming so soon after the World Cup, it gave me the impression of how times have changed when it comes to soccer, as they all call it.

Hughes may still have a role to play for United

Daily Echo: Mark Hughes

7:00am Saturday 12th May 2012

THE FA Cup final used to be the real highlight of this time of the season.

We keep having to come back to Harry

Daily Echo: Harry Redknapp

6:00am Saturday 11th February 2012

The big argument over the last few years has been: should the next manager be English?

Lawrie Mac: Why I dislike the transfer window

Daily Echo: Lawrie McMenemy

4:00pm Friday 3rd February 2012

SAINTS legend Lawrie McMenemy gives his views on the transfer window in this week's exclusive Daily Echo column.

Rickie can be up there with the spot kick legends

Daily Echo: Rickie Lambert

6:13pm Friday 25th November 2011

Rickie Lambert has proven good players can play at any level.

Football as a force for good

Daily Echo: LINING UP: Lawrie McMenemy (fourth right, back row) takes his place in the pre-match Unity Cup photo call. President Zuma had yet to arrive!

2:38pm Monday 12th July 2010

LAST week I reported how I was off to South Africa.

Jacob’s cracking gesture

Daily Echo: TOP OF THE ‘A’ LIST: President Zuma of South Africa wants to play both halves of the celebrity and Special Olympians match.

4:44pm Monday 5th July 2010

HOW about this for organisation and timing – on the day the England squad arrived sheepishly back home, I was queuing up to get on a plane to go to Cape Town for a flying visit.

Nothing to blame England were bad

Daily Echo: NO EXCUSES: Buck stops with Capello

11:04am Saturday 19th June 2010

As I’ve got older I’m not too bothered about celebrating birthdays and I think this week Fabio Capello joined the gang.

The time of year which is most difficult for Pards & Co

Daily Echo: REPUTATION ENHANCED: Saints boss Alan Pardew.

2:30pm Tuesday 4th May 2010

SOME people may think that managers, especially the ones finishing in midtable, will be saying ‘roll on the next couple of weeks so we can put our feet up on a beach somewhere for a month or two’.

Shanks' words

4:17pm Monday 26th April 2010

In the words of the great Bill Shankly a league season is a marathon not a sprint and now this weekend the finishing line is in sight.

My Vieira and Sol signings

Daily Echo: GREAT SIGNINGS: Peter Rodrigues, left, and Peter Osgood were both signed by Lawrie McMenemy for their experience ... and both ended up as FA Cup winners in 1976.

12:39pm Saturday 16th January 2010

HAVING signed many experienced players during my time as Saints manager, it is easy for me to understand why Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini have brought Sol Campbell and Patrick Vieira back to the Premiership.

Passion and fire part of a manager’s make-up ...

Daily Echo: IN THE NEWS: QPR’s Jim Magilton

4:40pm Monday 14th December 2009

The LMA, or League Managers’ Association as it is now, was formed in 1992. Being a founder member, I watched the many changes for the good over the years.

It’s obvious we must bring in video help ...

Daily Echo: HANDBALL! Thierry Henry handballs in the build-up to France’s equaliser. Picture: Sky Sports

2:50pm Saturday 21st November 2009

IN the last week, with no Premiership football, all the attention was on the international stage.

Caring for the community

Daily Echo: Paul Wotton during a visit to the Southampton General Hospital children's ward

4:40pm Saturday 17th October 2009

I HAVE always maintained the football club is an integral part of the community.

My Spurs day out better than Serie A ...

Daily Echo: GOAL: Defoe scores for Spurs against Man Utd last week.

12:09pm Saturday 19th September 2009

As some people know, I am chairman of the Special Olympics in Great Britain which had extra publicity recently when the British games were held in Leicester.

Rules should apply to all – not just likes of Harlequins

Daily Echo: Dean Richards

4:10pm Wednesday 9th September 2009

OFTEN over the years, especially as more than one of my grandsons takes part in that other game called rugby, I have my leg pulled when watching them play.

Signed on the same day as Kevin Keegan!

Daily Echo: Mick McCartney

4:07pm Tuesday 8th September 2009

AS the regular reader of this column knows, at my age you tend to look at the sections of the Daily Echo which tells you what happened 25 years ago – or more in some cases.

Time for video to sink the divers

Daily Echo: Eduardo

3:00pm Saturday 29th August 2009

I have always been one for saying league tables shouldn’t be published until after ten games.

Foreign stars? They were the Newcastle lads

Daily Echo: Saints Youth/Reserve side, 1980-81:

3:00pm Saturday 22nd August 2009

READING last Saturday’s Pink, which of course is compulsory for everyone in the area, my attention was drawn to a line-up of very smart young gentlemen, who were Saints’ youth and reserve side of 1980/81.

George has not got the same excuses

Daily Echo: George Burley

3:30pm Thursday 20th August 2009

LAWRIE McMenemy thinks George Burley cannot use the same excuses as he did as Saints boss now he is manager of Scotland.

It’s time to focus on matters on the field

Daily Echo: Lawrie McMenemy salutes fans ahead of the Charlton match

12:50pm Saturday 8th August 2009

IT doesn’t seem so long since the end of last season.

Fond memories of Sir Bobby

Daily Echo: WEMBLEY BOUND: Bobby Robson on the phone being appointed manager of Ipswich.

11:20am Saturday 8th August 2009

WITH all of the talk and speculation and comings and goings, from administrators to billionaires, the biggest and saddest football news of all was the passing of Sir Bobby Robson.

Gazza might have come to Saints’ aid

Daily Echo: AZZA: Pictured in action at Darlington’s recent fund-raising match.

11:00am Sunday 17th May 2009

Like everyone else connected with the club, I am waiting day by day for some positive news to come out.

All systems go for celebrity game

Daily Echo: Mike Osman

11:21am Saturday 9th May 2009

Until we hear about a deal to buy Saints, Mike Osman and I am getting on with rounding up the 30 or so players needed to put on the celebrity game at St Mary’s next Sunday, May 17 with a kick-off at 12 noon.

Doc still in good order at 81

Daily Echo: Doc still in good order at 81

YOU can always tell when the season’s coming to an end when the awards are being handed out.

Don’t let this cruel decision put off our loyal supporters

Daily Echo: Mark Fry

10:48am Monday 27th April 2009

THE last four weeks have been very traumatic for everyone connected with S o u t h a m p t o n Football Club.

Laughter only masks the seriousness of our plight

Daily Echo: Laughter only masks the seriousness of our plight

11:31am Tuesday 21st April 2009

THE start of last week saw me having the pleasure of accepting a cheque for £2,200 – but it was not connected with the event later in the week when I was asking, along with others, for money for the football club.

Nostalgia evening will help YOUR club

Daily Echo: Nostalgia evening will help YOUR club

12:07pm Tuesday 14th April 2009

THE bookmakers would probably have given long odds on Manchester United not only drawing but giving two goals away at Old Trafford in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Saints survival the only thing that matters

Daily Echo: Mark Fry, Southampton Leisure Holding's Administrator

12:02pm Saturday 4th April 2009

SAINTS' legendary FA Cup winning manager wants as many people as possible to rally around the club.

As long as football is played, managers' blood pressure will rise...

Daily Echo: Bill Shankly said football was more important than life or death

2:51pm Saturday 21st March 2009

LOOKING back over the last week I was, as ever, always interested in what my fellow managers were up to.

Full Marks to Wotte ...

Daily Echo: David McGoldrick

6:58pm Monday 9th March 2009

OUR old friend Bill Shankly is often quoted about the English league season being a marathon not a sprint.

Can Gazza avoid being the next George Best?

Daily Echo: Paul Gascoigne

6:40am Saturday 17th January 2009

ONE day at Bisham Abbey a psychologist selected Paul Gascoigne for a walk around the pitch together.

Look out for the next Clough and Fergie generation

Daily Echo: Nigel and Brian Clough

10:39am Saturday 10th January 2009

BEFORE the Cup tie at St Mary’s last Sunday I spent 15 minutes with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Capello success stems from long league spell

Daily Echo: Fabio Capello

3:43pm Monday 24th November 2008

For a long while now I have thought international management in particular is better for a manager who has had a long career in league football.

Joe reveals intriguing insight into Harry’s game

Daily Echo: Harry Redknapp

2:38pm Saturday 8th November 2008

IN this week's column, Lawrie McMenemy says ex-Saints boss Harry Redknapp is the talk of the LMA.

The nearest to a modern day Clough

Daily Echo: Harry

12:24pm Saturday 1st November 2008

This week, by prior appointment, I was in London to be interviewed for an ITV special programme about the life of Brian Clough.

Basically, the fans don’t like you, Mr Cole

Daily Echo: Cheryl and Ashley Cole

9:37am Monday 20th October 2008

KRIS Boyd isn’t the only individual who should maybe sit back and think of events since his last league game.

Fab’s our new shining light ...

Daily Echo: Fabio Capello

9:35am Monday 20th October 2008

FROM an international manager’s point of view, the one game of the first section of qualification matches he wants to win is the last in October.

...And Newcastle thought they had problems

Daily Echo: Juande Ramos

10:41am Monday 6th October 2008

I SUPPOSE it helps the Newcastle supporters to see that they’re not the only club with problems in the Premiership.

Fergie and Arsene will not be moved

Daily Echo: top duo: Arsene Wenger (left) with Sir Alex Ferguson.

2:20pm Sunday 21st September 2008

The League Manger’s Association, of which I am a founder member, has thankfully over the years moved on from a situation where they waited for the top table in football to make decisions which were handed down to the managers to implement.

Theo just like Le Tiss and Shearer

Daily Echo: Theo Walcott

3:30pm Monday 15th September 2008

I BELIEVE the England game was on TV but it was rather hard to find unless you had paid subscription to a channel fairly new to us all.

Lawrie: My Keegan verdict

Daily Echo: Kevin Keegan

5:20am Saturday 6th September 2008

LAWRIE McMenemy today gives his verdict on Kevin Keegan's latest departure from Newcastle.

Survival on a wing and a prayer

Daily Echo:

8:13am Sunday 11th May 2008

In this week's column, Lawrie McMenemy looks back at the looks at the end of the season

Claus deserves Celtic sell-out

Daily Echo: CLAUS LUNDEKVAM

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2008

CLAUS LUNDEKVAM's first choice, when it comes to his testimonial match, has always been to play against the mighty Glasgow Celtic.

Unluckiest man I know

Daily Echo: Not been helped by a cruel run of injuries

12:29pm Saturday 5th April 2008

We often ask for supporters to get behind the team and frankly our present position means we need that help more than ever.

Ossie tribute had memories flooding back ...

Daily Echo:

10:28am Saturday 5th April 2008

About a year ago I mentioned that Lynn Osgood, the widow of Saints and Chelsea legend Peter, wished to form a trust in his name.

Platini – a sensible chap

Daily Echo:

10:27am Saturday 5th April 2008

Michael Platini, the UEFA president, has certainly made his mark with some sensible suggestions since he's taken office.



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