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Laws Set to Go Say Daily Mail

A few weeks ago the Sun sensationally announced that Brian Laws was about to be sacked and a furious Board denounced the speculation as rubbish.

A club statement from Barry Kilby on the club website read:

'Ths is a ludicrous, irresponsible, damaging and inaccurate piece of journalism.

'We are not in the process of looking for a replacement for Brian and everyone involved with Burnley Football Club is putting every ounce of effort into staying in the Premier League.'

The article from the online website was promptly removed and the lazy journalism was completely discredited.

Since that time though the Clarets have suffered three more defeats. The team put in a creditable performance away to Wigan but lost 1-0 to a last minute goal in added time. Their next two games, both at home though were woeful with the team looking demoralised and clueless. They lost a high-profile derby against Blackburn Rovers and were then thumped 6-1 by Manchester City as the storm clouds gathered in more ways than one. Some of the fans were also now booing the manager and the atmosphere at Turf Moor is far from a happy one at the moment despite the best efforts of a large number of fans to raise spirits through humour and song.

These latest results mean that Brian Laws has now won only one game and drawn one since arriving in January losing twelve matches with no win since we beat West Ham at Turf Moor on the 6th February. The bad form has seen the Clarets plummet to second from bottom and although survival is still possible it will need significant improvements in team confidence, quality and determination in the remaining five games to avoid the drop.

Perhaps more worrying is the persistent rumours that Brian Laws may have lost the dressing room and that he has allegedly fallen out with a number of players.

One such player, Kevin McDonald has recently been fined a whole weeks wages(believed to be 5000) for breaching club discipline after leaving Turf Moor at half-time during the Manchester City match. He had been subbed in the dressing room with the Clarets already 5-0 down after 45 minutes. Instead of rejoining his team-mates for the second half, after showering he headed down to the KSC 110 club to meet up with his father and a number of kilted Carnoustie Clarets who had made the journey down from Scotland to watch the game. I was actually speaking to his father in the KSC 110 club before the game and it was the intention for his son to join them AFTER the game not at half-time. Clearly Kev's actions were stupid and he has apologised profusely via a club statement and the matter is now closed as far as the club are concerned.

The incident though does however leave a bitter taste in the mouth and does add to the general feeling that all is not well at the club. There have also been alleged accusations that Brian Laws may also have had arguments with Joey Gudjonsson, Andre Bikey and Robbie Blake although the first one was strongly denied by Laws.

With that backdrop of poor results and bad news, rumours and speculation emanating from the club it is perhaps not surprising that another newspaper today has suggested that Brian Laws days at Turf Moor may be numbered.

The Daily Mail this time is the paper stirring the speculation. An online article by Simon Jones says:

'It is understood the club hierarchy believes the appointment has not worked and that it would be best to make a change now rather than let it drift into the summer and what is likely to be a new season back in the Championship'

Burnley were quick to act last time to scotch such speculation and it will be interesting to see whether another Club Statement is issued this morning condemning yet another piece of journalism.

The sooner the club make such statements the better and although we live in a cynical world, another positive endorsement of the manager may well be in order even if some will be bound to see the Chairman's Vote of Confidence as the'kiss of death'

The general feeling fuelled by the rumours and speculation that all is not well at the club, especially the alleged arguments between manager and players is of course causing great concern amongst fans and perhaps suitable statements from the club could allay those fears.

All is not lost yet and we have a crucial six pointer of a game against fellow strugglers Hull City at the KC Stadium coming up next this Saturday with another four games after that.

Brian Laws was at Accrington Stanley's Crown Ground last night to watch Burnley reserves play earn a point in a 3-3 draw against Bolton. He is clearly intent on preparing his first team for Saturday's crucial match against Hull.

Clarets fans are looking for some comfort that the team is fully focussed on this match and will be playing their hearts out to win. A good show on Saturday win,draw or lose would at least go someway to placating some of the fans anger about the current managerial situation and recent team performances.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 8 2010

Time: 10:03AM

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Should be another interesting time today and to be honest another statement from the club is perhaps long overdue
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08/04/2010 10:16:00

Here is the online link in Daily Mail to full article. You may have to be quick since it could follow the way of the Sun version a few weeks back and disappear!- Cut&paste this-http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1264391/Burnley-set-sack-manager-Brian-Laws-just-win-14-games.html?ITO=1490
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08/04/2010 10:19:00

Am always inclined to ignore newspaper speculation but if we're being honest this one is only saying the type of things we have been debating on VB for a few weeks now. Arguments between manager and players happen all the time but under Coyle we didn't hear about them because, generally, results were good. With Laws at the helm results have been poor and that always creates a bit of unrest as everyone looks for a scapegoat. There are even stories about players falling out on the pitch which suggests team spirit is shot. No doubt the appointment of Brian Laws hasn't been a success but the question for the board must be whether to get rid now and give a new man time to bed in before next season or continue with Laws in the hope he turns it round. I suspect that the players don't really believe in the manager and my guess is that there will be a break-off clause in the contract that allows either party to call time at the end of the season.
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08/04/2010 10:35:00

Agree with you RT. Just think some sort of statement from the club one way or another might help at this stage although even then some fans will tend to be cynical. If we knew Laws was definitely staying for rest of season at least, we would then know where we were and it would dispel the uncertainty. Saying nothing just creates the impression all is not well
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08/04/2010 10:45:00

Anyone got any practical suggestions as to what changes now would make a difference for this season? Surely there's no time to bring in someone from the outside? Come back Steve Davis, all is forgiven? Alternatively, who could make a difference from the inside? Dobbo and Grezza? But they'll still have the same players who are currently unhappy at not being picked or not being told whether they are wanted next year... or like Kev, I would suggest, temporarily unhappy at himself for not having made more of his chances. If the Board is going to make a change, it will happen after we know for absolute certain what division we are in next year, and quite possibly not till after players have been released.
Couch Potato
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08/04/2010 11:00:00

Totally agree with you both RT and TMP. We do need to know what is going on. I would like the board to hold their hand up and say yes we made a mistake and employed the wrong manager for the job. But that is my opinion. I don't know Brian Laws he could be a lovely chap but unfortunately he has been thrown in at the deep end with out the life saving qualification needed and is sinking!!
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08/04/2010 11:02:00

An article by Laws now up on Official Site ( We Are A United Force) denies any bust up with players including Blake who is specifically mentioned.
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08/04/2010 11:35:00

Agree with CP wait until we know which division we in and then make the decision, we all know that things arn't right between management and players. As for a statement from the Club what can they say, what ever they say Its going to upset certain areas of the fans whether you are pro Laws or not. If I was Kilby I would wait until after Saturdays game to make a statement because the picture will be alot clearer by then.
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08/04/2010 13:14:00

Newspapers tell lies trying to sell papers.
Grimsby Claret
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08/04/2010 16:36:00

I agree GC
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08/04/2010 17:08:00

I can't see them ditching Laws before the end of the season - unless the dressing room is in total revolt. Mind you we don't want half the players leaving, like Kalvanes, if we are getting rid of Laws because the new manager would want to assess them for himself. Also, I would assume that Kilby and Flood have a replacement ready to go if they are going to sack Laws as they wouldn't want to play the last few games of the season without a manager at all. I can understand Blake being fed up because he's always the first to get pulled off or dropped when he is at least playing as well as anyone and a lot better than most - like Saturday. This is where Coyle was so successful I think, sticking with players and even when he did replace them he kept up their confidence. Laws gives you the impression that he pulls players off just for the sake of being seen to 'change things'.
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09/04/2010 02:10:00

If he does go, it could well be if we lose badly to Hull. I can't personally see him going but if he does, then maybe it would be best to simply let Grezza be in charge for the remaining few games and think about a replacement for Laws in the summer. I think all the players respect Grezza and it would avoid a panic appointment of a new manager
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09/04/2010 07:17:00

I said it before that I think we should wait until the end of the season before replacing Boring Brian, but if the board do want to act before hand then I'd be more than happy with Grezza in charge until the summer. One shame I read about the other day is that Gary Johnson has taken the Peterborough job. He was one I thought might do a good job should we need someone for next year in the championship.
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09/04/2010 07:32:00

The board should have pulled the tooth after the Blackburn game, gardening leave for Laws and put Grezza in charge to the end of the season. Barring a miraculous change in team spirit, selection and performance which I just can't see, I am afraid it is the championship next season and the sooner we prepare for it the better for the fans and especially the players.
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09/04/2010 08:22:00

Not sure Alexander is the solution and am certainly not sure that all the players would react positively to his appointment. Think we could expect Elliott and Bikey to be a little unhappy. Don't like talking about managers coming in whilst somebody is in post, but I see Jim Gannon has now left Peterborough.
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