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!