Burnley: Laws Partial to a Bit Of Claret

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 26, 2017

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It is rumored that the former Sheffield Wednesday boss, Brian Laws is to be appointed the new manager at Turf Moor, after a 17:00GMT meeting with Burnley executives.

Laws became the favourite to take the position vacated by Owen Coyle's departure to Bolton Wanderers last week.

Doncaster Rover's manager Sean O'Driscoll had been the bookmaker's favourite, but it is thought that Doncaster would seek a substantial compensation payout for their progressive manager, if he was hired by Burnley.

Laws who had a less then distinguished managerial career at Sheffield Wednesday parted company with the South Yorkshire club, by mutual consent last year. The ex-Burnley player had a record of 52 wins, 42 draws and 60 losses at Hillsborough, but was severely hampered by financial constraints.

The Geordie manager started his managerial career at Grimsby were he had a famous falling out with Ivano Bonetti. Laws reportedly threw a plate of chicken wings at the Italian player in a loss to Luton Town. The incident ultimately lead to his position becoming untenable at the Lincolnshire club.

After a short stint at Darlington, he took a position at Scunthorpe United where he lead them to promotion from the fourth tier of English football. He was sacked by the Iron in 2004 but reinstated three weeks later. He would later lead them back down again but in his second stint at Glandford Park he lead them back to the third tier of English football.

In 2006 Laws left Glanford Park for the famous old Sheffield Wednesday club but after a promising start the club and Laws settled into mid-table mediocrity. However, he has the proud distinction of been the first Owls' manager in 95 years to do the double over their heated local rivals Sheffield United. Unfortunately after four straight defeats Laws stepped down because of pressure from disgruntled fans.