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The Laws of Irony...and The Iron?

Tuesday the 28th December 2010 will forever be a date Brian Laws will want to forget. Scunthorpe were the visitors to Turf Moor that day and the Clarets played probably their worst game of the season losing 2-0 to a team hardly setting the Championship alight. It was the final nail in the coffin for the beleaguered manager with the Board acting quickly after that shocking result and announcing that the former Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday manager would now be looking for a new job. Laws was never really accepted by the Clarets faithful from Day One although most were probably willing to give him a chance. Patience though had run out by the time of the Iron game with 'Laws out Banners` already visible round the ground and chants of 'Laws Out` becoming more noticeable and louder! They certainly were louder after the final whistle went in the fateful Iron clash.

The rest they say is history. Laws departed and in came the new regime of Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall last January. But what of Brian Laws? Well no doubt he will be relishing his compensation payment due to the cancellation of his contract but when is he likely to surface again in a managerial capacity? Well according to the Daily Mirror it could be sooner than you think.

Scunthorpe may well have beaten Burnley that day and enjoyed another point against Eddie Howe`s men this time at Glanford Park in January but they have struggled in general and currently find themselves in the relegation zone, third from bottom and four points behind fourth from bottom club, Crystal Palace. Their recent poor run of form with three consecutive defeats culminating in the 3-0 mauling at home to bottom team Preston on Tuesday was too much for the Scunthorpe board and the Championship now has another managerial casualty. The Iron gaffer, Ian Baraclough was sacked this week along with assistant Kevin Pressman and coach Steve Parkin with the media already fuelling speculation who the replacement might be.

According to various media reports (including the Daily Mirror) Brian Laws is in line for a return to former club Scunthorpe as replacement for the axed manager. So much so they are even making him the number one choice suggesting Scunthorpe think he is just the man to keep them up! This story could have some legs since it is known that Laws is a personal friend of Iron chairman Steve Wharton. His previous track record at the club is also somewhat impressive. In his previous seven-year spell at Glanford Park, Laws won two promotions although he has had minimal success since and has now suffered two sackings at Championship level after previously losing his job at Sheffield Wednesday prior to his appointment at Burnley.

There is some suggestion in the media that if does accept the job it will only be on a caretaker basis until the end of the season when both parties could then review the situation before deciding if to make the position permanent.

We wish Brian well, it was always going to be difficult for him taking over from Owen Coyle but then he never really rose to the occasion and challenge did he? If he does get the Scunthorpe job, the irony will be there for all to see!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 18 2011

Time: 7:47AM

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Inevitable link I suppose. probably the right sort of club and level for Laws to be honest. Clarke Carlisle was quite revealing about his former gaffer at the Trust 'Countdown to Question Time' do last night but I wont reveal what he said on here, that wouldn't be right
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18/03/2011 07:53:00

tmp does that mean I have to go on clarets mad to find out what was said? I was not aware there was a press embargo on the event with Carlisle? Glad I didn't go if that was the case and it was a closed shop. Fair to say that the players also didn't perform either under Laws just like they haven't recently for EH.
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18/03/2011 08:05:00

No there was no embargo but I still think we should protect Clarke's position. If folk want to spill the beans thats for them to decide but I won't be. I would be more concerned about Clarets Mad censoring all the Trust's attempts to promote the event on their website. its plain wrong and an utter disgrace
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18/03/2011 08:56:00

VR - it wasn't a closed shop. Anyone was welcome to attend, including the press. If Carlisle asked for anything that he said not to be put on messageboards and/or the papers, that's his right. And it's tmp's right to choose what he puts on here, same as with any of the rest of us. You could argue it's a bit of a tease of tmp to say something was said, and then not say it. Many of us may have jumped to the conclusion that it was critical of the widely demonised ex-gaffer. But maybe the union man in Carlisle argued for greater job security for managers? Or said that at least Brian gave him a rest every now and then, unlike Eddie? Anyway, ClaretsPlayer commentators do the same thing fairly often; ditto 'ask Bodes'. What interests me is what tmp is willing to share with me at Ashton Gate. As I've got his ticket, I may have a small amount of bargaining power, but perhaps it'll take a pint and pie as well to loosen his tongue. I can assure tmp in advance of my complete discretion, while of course being open to bribery from Vin, as long as he accepts it may not work. :-)
Couch Potato
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18/03/2011 11:40:00

Assuming I come across you guys, then I'll be able to partake of this information as well ? Where will you be pint and pieing it ?
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18/03/2011 13:11:00

Welsh - I just tried sending you an email through the forum section of this site with my mobile number. It would be good to get together tomorrow. Not sure yet where the pints and pies are to be partaken. Any suggestions?
Couch Potato
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18/03/2011 13:30:00

Ok looks like the pub to aim for is either Pumphouse or the Nova Scotia for away supporters by the waterfront! Nova Scotia looks the closer to ground so suggest we start there and stay if OK. Map and links via footnall ground guide- Map
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18/03/2011 14:56:00

Carlisle did not specifically request anything to remain within the four walls and I will be quite relaxed about divulging stuff over a pint or two with mates,no problem. Just don't think it's right plastering it all over messageboards with such a wide potential audience, not always benevolent
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18/03/2011 14:58:00

What street is the Nova Scotia on tmp?
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18/03/2011 17:48:00

Looks close to McAdam Way/Cumberland Road in the Hotwells area by the river?
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18/03/2011 18:04:00

Am agog with anticipation at what TMP is about to reveal. Though my view is that Brian Laws is a decent enough bloke but the Turf Moor job was just not the right one for him. He achieved success in his previous stays at Scunthorpe so it is only natural that they will be interested in securing his services again.
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18/03/2011 19:58:00

TMP, any chance of a 2 page article based on the evening for WTBM...? Would be much appreciated and welcome!
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18/03/2011 20:21:00

I don't understand all this stuff, why didn't the other fans site promote the evening? The official site did, is it really that childish? Anyway get it into WTBM under the name of George Formby.....we will not spill the beans who you are!
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19/03/2011 20:02:00

They didn't promote the event because the editor of that site is precisely that, childish!! Hoping to get to Leicester game, VC. Could we meet up pre-match and Ill explain what happened on night? Just to say the night was a great success and Clarke was open & honest about all the questions! If CM refuse to deny their own posters the chance to be aware what is happening in the real Clarets world for pathetic, petty reasons it is their look out. In the end though its the fans who lose out due to an ogre who wont promote events if he cant take credit for them
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20/03/2011 12:38:00


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