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Laws to beat O'Driscoll in Two-Horse Race?

Laws to beat O'Driscoll in Two-Horse Race?

Most of the media are now saying that Brian Laws has come up on the rails to beat Sean O'Driscoll in the two-horse race to become the new Burnley manager.

The club are expected to make an announcement sometime today.

Sean O'Driscoll was yesterday's favourite and at one point was 1/25 with the bookies to take the job. BBC Radio Sheffield also went as far as saying he had been offered the job with the club now in talks with Doncaster Rovers to agree compensation.

Barry Kilby though had been reserved all day and tried to dampen the speculation suggesting the interview process was still underway.

"We are still interviewing, we are still looking." he said yesterday morning

One theory at the moment is that the club could not agree compensation for O'Driscoll which according to the Doncaster Rovers chairman was supposed to be around £1 million.

The Lancashire Telegraph understand O'Driscoll had earlier undergone a second interview but there were complications regarding compensation for Doncaster Rovers

If this is true Clarets fans will be disappointed that the club have instead gone for their second-choice purely for financial reasons.

Suzanne Geldard though writing in the Lancashire Telegraph believes Laws has impressed Kilby and Flood the most during the interviews and it is understood Laws had a third interview last night.

Laws of course is a former player with the club and has managed Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United and Sheffield Wednesday. The 48 year old left the Owls only last month by mutual consent after a run of bad results that saw Wednesday drop into the relegation zone.

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Date:Wednesday January 13 2010
Time: 7:59AM


Well if this is true I just hope it's because Kilby&Flood know what they are doing and he is coming here on merit not because this cheapskate club were not prepared to spend £1million to get the man they really wanted. I will of course support anybody who comes here and give him a chance but this if true will be viewed by many as a very dull appointment
13/01/2010 08:03:00
Slightly Disagree TMP. If we could not agree Compensation with Donny, who then put him on gardening leave and sit and wait whilst in effect holding BK and the board to ransom, who suffers? Not Susan fresh off gardening leave, I bet the Bolton fans would love to see our No1 choice as you put it on gardening leave. Or does BK say we will have to use money we said we hadn't got to pay Donny? I will not be disappointed if we didn't get S O'D for contractual reasons, I would be disappointed if we chucked loads of money at an untried Prem League Manager at Donny just because their Chairman is better than ours at negotiating. Meanwhile I still think we could be in for a shock yet before this saga concludes......ULRIKA!
13/01/2010 08:29:00
Kilby Strikes Again, Brian what a joke laws yet again kilby takes the cheap option this puts the clarets back 3 years. Watch the gates at the turf start to drop, all the managers availible and look who we end up with, premier league more like sunday league.
13/01/2010 08:46:00
I would like to hear exactly the Burnley board's profile for the new manager, at the moment I am getting the feeling that it is no compensation, low wages, track record not particularly important and no demands for anything like money for new players. What has happened to the Premiership money, have we not got it yet?
13/01/2010 08:48:00
Its a dull appointment and not something that will raise the spirits, certainly not mine. We are also now the laughing stock amongst our rivals no doubt and we could do without defending an appointment that let's be honest most of us would have preferred not to have happened(assuming it does). We can hear all the words from Kilby in due course if they confirm Laws but the fact a lot of fans will always suspect that once again we have been cheapskate for the sake of a £1m or so will not put us in a good position especially if results dont start going our way and they get on the manager's back and do a Megson. Laws now has to convince fans it was the right appointment, a much more difficult task than SoD would have had to do.
13/01/2010 08:49:00
I have to say the actions recently by this club suggest they are preparing for the Championship more than preparing to keep us in the top flight. This is bound to open the debate once more about the benefits of being frugal to the point of giving up
13/01/2010 08:52:00
And if it is Paul Ince? Or Mark Hughes? or Peter Reid? or Mr Scotland nobody? We are all hurting from Susans departure, I am not a Laws fan at all, but if it is him I'll get behind him until the end of season 2010/11. I really don't want to be too negative as I have hope that BK and BF will do what is right for our club.
13/01/2010 08:54:00
Yes, I have already said I will support him but I fear if results dont start going our way the fans will be on his back far more easily than some of the other appointments we could have made. I am not convinced that the image of a failed Champonship manager is one that is going to help if we go on bad run and see the Championship staring us in the face.Let's hope that doesn't happen but the pressure on Laws to keep us up will be even greater on him
13/01/2010 09:06:00
I will give Laws my backing he wouldn't of been my choice but what do I know! I must admit at he moment I too feel as TMP does regarding prepairing for the Championship. Its always a roller coaster ride supporting Burnley.
13/01/2010 09:38:00
Are there any amongst us who placed any truly significant amounts, maybe something like half their annual salary, in win-lose bets on Burnley being in the PL next year?
Couch Potato
13/01/2010 09:45:00
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