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Gudjonsson Knifes Laws in the Back!

Joey Gudjonsson was last named in the eighteen as an unused substitute against Chelsea for the match at Turf Moor at the end of January and his last appearance was in the FA Cup defeat at Reading when he made the starting eleven in Laws second game in charge earlier that month.

Gudjonsson has not played at all since that time amidst rumours strongly denied by Laws at the time that the two of them had had a bust-up.

The 29 year old Icelandic international midfielder had supposedly been upset by not being in the eighteen that faced Bolton at the Reebok in January. In all the previous games, Gudjonsson was always named in the eighteen albeit mainly on the bench.

Gudjonsson is also one of the eleven first team players out of contract in the summer and if he had any hopes of securing a new one he now appears to have dashed those hopes after an astonishing attack on the gaffer.

The news broke after Sky Sports reported that Gudjonsson had been speaking to an Icelandic website called fotbolti.net.

In an astonishing outburst he told the website:

'He (Laws) lost the dressing room long ago.I think all the players have lost faith in him, the performances say all that has to be said.'

Rumours circulated over the weekend that both Kevin McDonald and Robbie Blake were insensed after being substituted at half-time against Manchester City following the debacle on the pitch which saw the Clarets 5-0 down at half-time.

McDonald was fined by the club after it transpired he shot off down the pub to drink with his family after taking a shower instead of watching the second half in the stands.

Laws flatly denied any bust-ups but Gudjonsson commenting about the reported alleged incidents said:

'This shows that the guys do not believe in what he is doing. This just not seems to work out.'

It is difficult to know why Gudjonsson has broken ranks like this and the timing could not be worse with the important six-pointer coming up against Hull at the KC Stadium this Saturday. The result could decide our fate with a win still giving the Clarets some hope of avoiding the drop back down into the Championship.

Is this just sour grapes on the part of Gudjonsson and does he already know that his days are numbered so is making one last parting shot at a manager he clearly seems to despise?

Does he hope by his actions, he will force the Board to seek a new manager, one that might give him a chance of a new contract with the Clarets?

Either way this is very damaging, especially to a manager already under pressure in the media with rumours,gossip and speculation coming out of the woodwork almost it seems by the hour. Articles in the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail this week have both suggested that the Board are unhappy and could be ready to give Laws the sack.

What a nightmare this season is now proving to be and surely Kilby & Flood are going to have to act quickly and say something soon before we become even a bigger laughing stock.

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Date:Friday April 9 2010

Time: 6:00PM

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Heavens above whatever next. FFS somebody do something and nip this in the bud!
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09/04/2010 18:04:00

If Laws lost the dressing room 'long ago' I think to some extent this reflects worse on the players than it does on Brian. Not many thought he was the right choice to be our next manager, but he was appointed - we had to deal with it. The best chance the players had of keeping us/themselves in the PL was to work with the manager! It could be the attitude of the players ( or some of) towards Laws that has ultimately lost us our premiership place.
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09/04/2010 18:17:00

That is a fair point Dale and well made! You just sense losing Coyle for some players has been too difficult a cross to bear and I am not sure any manager except maybe one with a premier league pedigree with a reputation for toughness would have done any better. It must be difficult for a manager, having already been sacked at Championship level to earn the respect of the players under these circumstances but the Board should have known that
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09/04/2010 18:24:00

All the fans wants a bit of truth from somebody, everyday you read players falling out with Laws and I know the papers don't tell the truth all the time, but with players telling the press regarding bustups in the dressing room Kilby needs to take his speedo's off get on the next plane home and sort the problem out within the club.
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09/04/2010 18:30:00

I was listening to talksport other morning with Alan Brazil and they were speaking about Laws. They said he is a lovley bloke, really nice but they do not think he was the right appointment for Burnley. After McDonald incident it was clear he lacks respect and they thought we needed somebody to command a bit more respect. They were saying Laws wouldn't be able to come down hard on the players and make them respect him he just isn't that kind of manager and we needed somebody to take club by scruff of neck. Makes me wish we went for Warnock. I'm not his biggest fan, but he would have taken club by scruff and if he had to dragged us towards survival kicking and screaming.
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09/04/2010 19:57:00

Maybe right Skutter, but I think the preferred choice for most would have been SOD. I cant see SOD being this type of manager, but then again, would his record for style of football get him the respect he deserves and buy him more time if things didnt go to plan first time round.
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09/04/2010 20:06:00

I think that if we had got SOD, he would have been given more time by the fans. We would have seen the club would have been trying to appoint a young footballing manager and given him a chance. Laws was just a huge disappointment for everyone, especially as he was sacked by Sheff Wed, who look like getting relegated. Maybe the players would have responded to another young manager trying to play football. I know SOD was my choice and by sounds yours as well Dale.
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09/04/2010 20:13:00

Yes he was Skutter.
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09/04/2010 20:40:00

He once through a plate at Grimsby towns star player. remember Brian Cough was his mentor. But we know what happend there when he took over At Leeds.
Grimsby Claret
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09/04/2010 20:54:00

Totally agree Skutter I also think most fans wanted SOD.
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09/04/2010 21:09:00

Yes but SOD took one look at Gawthorpe and said its not for me. If SOD thinks in those terms god help us in attracting any "name". We supported this group of players so much that it really hacks me off that Joey thinks he will gain anything from his outburst.
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09/04/2010 22:12:00

Whether this is true or not , Gudjonsson hasn't done Burnley fc any good whatsoever by the appalling timing of this. We need as much stability as is possible under current circumstances, and in particular to face Hull tomorrow. All this kind of stuff could wait until the season's over , but there you go, it seems to be hitting the fan at the moment. The interesting thing will be the other player's reactions to this, but I suspect we can expect a gagging order put in place after this, until the end of the season at least.
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09/04/2010 23:37:00

He has done himself no favours either WC - How many managers will want to take a player on who spills the beans like he has done? Not sure I would want that in my dressing room.
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10/04/2010 09:58:00

Agree with that Dale. These players are professionals and should be able to work with the manager whether they like him or not. We all have to do that everyday in our working lives. Think what we need now is a manager who can pin a few up against the wall and start hammering home a few facts. For me that man is Jim Gannon.
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10/04/2010 10:12:00

Good call RT and Dale. When you read the new WTBM remember it was written well before this news on Joey emerged. Day one at Gawthorpe for Brian Laws explains the rift etc. You will find it is all Diego Pennys' fault when you read it.
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10/04/2010 10:35:00

Barnsey is due in about 15 mins VR - I will read it then!
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10/04/2010 11:17:00

Rickers have you been at the vino? ;) Jim Gannon, seriously? If we went for a manager like that I'd rather have one with experience not someone who has managed in the 4th Division, The Scottish EuroDisney League and had half a season in the Championship. If we have a bunch of players who think they are Billy Big Time after 1 Prem season then get rid - no matter who they are - theres no need for flying fists or chucking plates full of chicken wings. If we were going to go for an inexperienced manager I'dve liked to see Lee Clark in, with his backroom staff. He has Huddersfield playing passing, attacking football and has an experienced backroom team in McDermott and Fazackerly.
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10/04/2010 13:20:00

Very disappointed in Joey, who did such a good job at Wembley after McCann was injured, and so nearly scored. I have already posted at length in Backchat Burnley on how disquiet in the dressing room can all be traced back to Coyle's poor people management. Might someone have done better than Laws in sorting it out? It's a 'what if' question, like wondering what would have happened if Fletcher's goal had stood against Ars, he'd buried his header ahainst Pompey, and Wigan hadn't got an injury time winner, etc, etc. If Joey thinks there's any chance of a new manager coming in and giving him a contract, I reckon we can also expect to hear soon that he's applied to take over running those Icelandic banks whose fantasies played such a big part in triggering the recession.
Couch Potato
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10/04/2010 14:09:00

Sorry Joey but this was a big mistake!! too many footballers these days think they can say what they want, like the manager or not you get paid to back them, I would fine Joey more money than Kev McDonald for this, a total lack of disrespect to the Manager, Directors and most of all the fans, Goodbye Joey I don't think you will be missed.
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10/04/2010 14:11:00

The only difference between football and a normal workplace is the amount of money they earn. There are the usual people who like or don't like each other or the boss (manager) etc. Joey has been on the outer and therefore doesn't like our manager. Fair enough. I will always remember his good game in the play-off final when he substituted for the injured (again) McCann and did a great job. Let's not get stuck into Joey - the rest of them are at fault who have been playing.
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10/04/2010 15:06:00

JOEY Why are you are trying to damage Burnley football club ? its a pity, a Wembley hero resorts to this, so Im sorry you are a sour grape, good bye and pity I have to say good shutness
Grimsby Claret
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10/04/2010 19:29:00

Ozjean - I disagree with the majority of your post. Firstly on Mccann ( who I think you have commented on elsewhere as always being injured - apologies if that wasnt you), Other than this season and Wembley - I can hardly recall him being injured. As for Joey breaking ranks - that is not good at all. I am sure most of us have all, at times, not liked/got in with our boss. Doing what Joey did, is not a benefit to anyone in my opinion. Finally, On todays evidence - What you have said is incorrect Joey!
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10/04/2010 20:30:00

I mentioned above that it would be interesting to see the other players' reaction to this , and they've shown it today. I always liked Joey as a player, always happy to see him come on the pitch, but he's shown very poor judgement with this outburst and he's totally out of order.
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I like to vent my spleen with the best of them! However Joey you now look a complete tool, professional footballer my a**e. It would take years to rebuild what you have destroyed at the club.....you could end up like Remco....Remco who....Joey who......let that be a warning to all our professional footballers because I am sure McDonald would have preferred to be on the bench celebrating yesterdays result than in the stand with his tail between his legs.
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11/04/2010 09:31:00

It perhaps has come across as worse than it would have done because of all the newspaper gossip. I wonder too how accurately the presuambly Icelandic text has been translated; and what internet dialogue it was part of. Was it on a completely open site, or one that normally only very few people have access to? Discipline. Move on. As with Coyle, so in a lesser way with Joey. Some great memories spoiled by the manner of what seems now almost certain to be a parting. Joey for Notts County?
Couch Potato
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11/04/2010 09:33:00

Official Site now saying Joey will get it from Laws tomorrow! (Monday 12th) Would love to be a fly on the wall for that reprimand!
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11/04/2010 17:06:00

Suspended for 2 weeks !
Bernie lee
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12/04/2010 12:38:00


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