Papers view on the Lennie and Sam situation

Last updated : 20 September 2004 By Michael Morris

I'VE been to a few weird soccer press conferences.

There was the time when I went to watch Ian Rush at an Aston Villa versus Liverpool game and Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was holding court afterwards.

Dalglish was giving his customary bland reaction to the game, when suddenly a drunk punter who had gate crashed his way into the room piped up.

"Kenny," he said, stumbling forward. "Can I ask you a question?

"You know that chipped goal you scored against Bruges in the 1978 European Cup final. Did you mean to do it, or was it a fluke?"

As the assembled scribes looked aghast, a furious Dalglish responded, "Are you taking the mickey." Then he stormed out of the room.

Then there was the time when the FA of Wales proudly announced the appointment of John Toshack as their new manager in 1994.

SAM HAMMAM has told Lennie Lawrence to carry on as Cardiff City boss - for the time being at least.

The Bluebirds owner will meet with his under-fire manager either today or tomorrow to discuss the team's perilous position in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Hammam watched his expensively-assembled City side crash to a sixth defeat in seven league matches against Derby at Ninian Park on Saturday.

Lawrence's men - without a Championship win since August 10 - remain second bottom after picking up a pitiful one point from the last 21.

SAM HAMMAM has revealed for the first time that he is contemplating sacking under-fire Bluebirds boss Lennie Lawrence.

The outspoken owner admitted he will call Lawrence into his office tomorrow after City's woeful start to the season continued at home to Derby yesterday.

But Wales on Sunday understands it is highly unlikely Lawrence will be given his marching orders, despite Hammam's anger at Cardiff's form, which he brandished as unacceptable.

Speaking frankly after the 2-0 home defeat, Hammam last night also:

* DISMISSED City's chances of making any sort of promotion run;

* GUARANTEED Cardiff will not get relegated;