Sanchez: Fulham squad better than what I inherited

Lawrie Sanchez remains upset with his treatment at Fulham.

"I undertook what was perhaps the biggest rebuilding of a Premier League club that's ever been attempted," the 48-year-old told the Guardian. "In the month I had at Fulham last season, I made it clear the squad needed to be rebuilt and we went about that process. I believe the squad is now better than the one I inherited."

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Under Sanchez, Fulham brought in 15 players and offloaded the same number, at a net cost of £13m. Most of the arrivals have, however, failed to establish themselves, with the £6m Diomansy Kamara the most expensive of the underachievers.

Criticism of Sanchez's legacy extends to his style of football. Again he feels hard done by.

"I like my teams to be attacking, which means putting plenty of balls into the opposition boxes and making sure my defenders do not lose the ball in their own half. These are basic things all managers do. I've been tagged 'direct' because I played for Wimbledon but most football these days is direct. At the end of the day I just want to play winning football."

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