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Gudjonsson Knifes Laws in the Back!

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

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


Heavens above whatever next. FFS somebody do something and nip this in the bud!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
09/04/2010 20:13:00
Yes he was Skutter.
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
09/04/2010 20:54:00
Totally agree Skutter I also think most fans wanted SOD.
09/04/2010 21:09:00
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