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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.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 17 2010

Time: 8:36AM

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Crikey does anybody think this could be true or is it just the media stirring it, putting 2 and 2 together and making 5?
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17/03/2010 08:41:00

he is a pretty poor manager alround tho
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17/03/2010 08:42:00

Dont agree with Mansfield - but dont think their will be any truth in the story either.
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17/03/2010 09:04:00

I suspect we will soon know! The club must surely come out with a statement soon one way or the other if not there will soon be a media frenzy
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17/03/2010 09:22:00

If the club do come out with a statement, this would then be seen by the press as the dreaded 'vote of confidence'. Personally, even though i wouldn't lose sleep if he did go over the next week or so I do feel it would be extremely harsh and who are we going to appoint?? Hull could only manage Dowie, so who do we hope is going to take over for the remaining 8 games?
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17/03/2010 09:32:00

Didn't Dowie help Shearer save Newcastle from relegation?!!!??? tmp is this who we should have been after????
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17/03/2010 09:39:00

Rumour has started linking Hull with Avram Grant. For more on this, see the thread called Pompey Watch in the Backchat Burnley Forum. Maybe we want Avram Grant before they get Avram Grant? Changing tack... the difficulty with media gossip is that it starts to acquire a life of its own, regardless of whether it was based on any kind of fact in the first place; or just that some embattled newspaper or other had column inches to fill yesterday after the Pompey High Court story became a damp squib; or some hack or other got told to find a new story or they could go and work somewhere else. I suspect Ali Campbell will be advising Kilby to say nowt. But what do I know?
Couch Potato
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17/03/2010 09:40:00

I do hope we can start a thread on how we wanted Dowie as our Manager ahead of Laws......just so I can chuck in my tuppence worth.....lol
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17/03/2010 09:44:00

Can't see any truth in this whichever way you look at it, the main point being who could change anything in 8 games ? And who is available anyway? I'm in the 'give Laws a chance' camp, and that includes even if we don't manage to stay up.
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17/03/2010 09:47:00

Say nowt, fans will think there is an element of truth in it! Says its a pack of lies and that the manager has the Boards full backing and it's considered the kiss of death! What a world we live in!
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17/03/2010 09:48:00

Well I suppose if there is an element of truth in it and considering last time it was a two-horse race between Laws and Sean O'Driscoll, does logic suggest Donny Rovers are about to lose their manager? [Edited by turfmanphil]
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17/03/2010 09:51:00

I think at this stage of the season it would be unfair on Brian laws & the players to get a new manager. we have to press forward ans se if we can win 5 out of the next 8 games & make a decision then
Albmaleaf claret
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17/03/2010 09:56:00

I agree AC although I suppose Hull may well have set a precedent
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17/03/2010 10:01:00

Yeah, but Hull are in dire financial straits if they go down and this is Pearson's own admission. Hence the desperate, last gasp attempt to avoid what looks like a potential meltdown at the club .
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17/03/2010 11:00:00

By all accounts Dowie (now confirmed) will get a 1 million bonus if he keeps Hull up! How much will poor Brian get if he stays and keeps us up?
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17/03/2010 11:08:00

Club Statement Brian laws is Staying, Hull wigan Wolves Burnley Posisbly West ham, Portsmouth down, & two of the above five. its going to be tight. Burnley have got to win 4 of the last 8 at least. some of the others stated above have slightly harder fixtures. cant se hull winning any of their matches and wolves have a hard set of fixtures
Albmaleaf claret
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17/03/2010 11:24:00

We have to get Wigan back down with us. Three points and our first away win of the season would give us a great chance of still avoiding the drop and restore some confidence ahead of the Rovers game. Come on you Clarets!
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17/03/2010 11:32:00

The sun Newspaper if you can call it that should be treated with the contempt that it is in Liverpool throughout the uk. its not fit to wipe ones bakside on
Albmaleaf claret
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17/03/2010 11:39:00

Trouble is I think its the top selling newspaper in the UK. so thats a hell of a lot of potential arses that will be missing out on the treat!
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17/03/2010 11:43:00

I understand Laws is on a bonus of at least 1m for keeping us up
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17/03/2010 19:37:00

Maybe they should double it!
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18/03/2010 09:34:00


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