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N.Ireland president expects Sanchez to stay

Irish Football Association president Jim Boyce is convinced Lawrie Sanchez will see out the remainder of his contract.

Boyce did admit there is 'a problem' concerning the manager, although he did not elaborate on what that might be.

Speculation is growing in Northern Ireland that the splendid 3-2 victory over Spain will be Sanchez's last in charge.

But Boyce stated on BBC Online: 'There is a problem but I expect Lawrie to stay on as manager until the end of the European qualifiers.'

The IFA office bearers, led by Boyce, are meeting this evening to discuss Sanchez's no-show last night.

He is facing a fine by UEFA after declining requests for post-match interviews.

Chief executive Howard Wells - who will be in attendance - earlier refused to clear up the mystery surrounding Sanchez's future.

Asked directly if Sanchez had discussed quitting his job with him, Wells told BBC TV Northern Ireland: 'What we discussed last night is that for personal reasons he would prefer not to do the post-match interviews.

'I respected that opinion. That is the basis on what we had a conversation.

'I agreed to talk to the media myself. We also agreed we would discuss things more clearly in the morning.'

The IFA are due to release a statement later and Wells said: 'We are not putting out a statement about his future but about him not attending the post-match interview.

'I have not had that conversation (about his future) with him.

'The speculation has not been started by the IFA but by the media.

'It has been a traumatic week for Lawrie. There has been a lot of pressure following the Iceland game.'

Northern Ireland lost that match 3-0 but recovered superbly to defeat Spain 3-2 at Windsor Park last night.

Sanchez was then seen taking off his jacket and tie and throwing them into the crowd.

Wells added: 'I spoke to Lawrie two days ago and as far as I was concerned he was under no pressure from the IFA, me personally or the president with regards to the match against Spain.

'That remains the position.'