|YOUTH BOSS SHOWN THE DOOR
(Thursday 26th February 2004)
The Club have confirmed the departure of Youth Team Manager Michael Forsyth who has become the victim of the restructuring of the Youth set-up at the Club. A statement from the Club fails to elaborate on the reasons behind the departure but indicates that a replacement will be sought after.
The former Wanderers and Derby County player took over the role as Youth Team boss in December 2001 following the departure of Gary Goodchild. The legacy of the previous Manager saw an exciting run to the 5th Round of the FA Youth Cup while The following season he led the Under 19's to qualification to the top 'Merit Division' of the Football League Youth Alliance. However, the 2003/4 season saw the Under 19's pick up the 'Wooden Spoon' in the regular League matches as they returned just two League victories in 14 games. It's been these performances and the apparent lack of progress from what were seen as promosing youngsters that have thought to have raised concerns amongst the Wanderers' heiracy.
Forsyth was originally signed as a player for Wycombe by John Gregory in December 1996 for a £25,000 fee and went on to make 58 appearances before injury forced his retirement from the full-time game in the summer of 1999. It was during his final few games for Wycombe that he caught the eye of then Wanderers' Manager Lawrie Sanchez - including Forsyth's memorable return from injury in the game at Maine Road and culminating in the dramatic final day victory at Lincoln in May 1999.
His final playing days were spent at non-League Burton Albion but during the latter stages of Wanderers' famous FA Cup run of 2000/2001 Sanchez recalled him to the Wycombe set-up to coach the First Team fringe players. During the summer of 2001 he was then 'promoted' to Reserve Team boss in place of Terry Gibson who was said to be taking on a more dedicated Assistant Manager's role. Forysth, who will officially leave on 5th March, now joins Gibson on the road out of Adams Park as the latest changes behind the scenes take affect.
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