The Sun Goes Down on Laws
According to the Sun today Brian Laws is on the brink of the sack.
In an astonishing article, Sun reporter Neil Custis states that Clarets chiefs feel they have made a big error in appointing Laws, who has won just one, drawn one and lost eight of his ten games in charge so far.
It would appear the poor league form plus the FA Cup exit against Reading has convinced Barry Kilby it is time to act.
The Sun suggest the defeat against fellow strugglers, Wolves was the final straw for Kilby. It was a defeat that saw the club remain in the bottom three and losing ground on its rivals to avoid relegation.
I have to say if this is true I am very surprised with just eight games of the season to go.
You all know I have been critical of Brian Laws but that doesn't mean to say I wanted him to go so soon. Everybody deserves a chance and I would certainly have expected him to remain at the club to the end of the season and longer even if we were relegated. We have a poll running at the moment on the front-page and I voted 'sitting on the fence' and had hoped he would silence his critics including myself by getting results on the pitch.
Everybody has thoughts about how much slack a manager should be given and in my case I was prepared to give him until Christmas 2010.
Brian Laws is a really nice bloke but one who so far does seem to be out of his depth. I always believed the appointment of Laws could backfire on the Club. He came with the image of being a failed manager at Championship level after being sacked at Sheffield Wednesday and had no Premier League experience despite having been in charge of over 700 games at lower league level.Many Clarets fans also felt the appointment showed the limitations of the club's ambitions and that he was simply the cheapest option.
The pressure would be intolerable for Brian if results failed to go his way and that now seems to be happening. There were also ominous signs in the game against Wolves that some of the fans were beginning to turn against Laws after booing the substitution of Eagles. That by the way is something I would never,ever condone.
Booing your own manager and for that matter players on the pitch can only be counter-productive and reduce confidence. I guess though for some it's simply human nature.
I find the Sun story hard to believe though and find it difficult to see what a new manager coming in now could realistically achieve unless it was Jose Mourinho!
Hull City,in a similar relegation battle though have already gone down that path having just put Phil Brown on garden leave whilst seeking a replacement manager to see out their last few games of the season.
I firmly believe Laws should have been given a chance to show his calibre and try and keep the team up and of course he might still have that chance since the Sun article is a piece of media gossip and speculation.
It certainly came as a shock to me reading it though. I would imagine we could be hearing a club statement on the situation today if there is no element of truth in the article.