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Brian Laws and the Hornets Sting?

Former Clarets gaffer, Brian Laws is an early front-runner to replace Malky Mackay as the Watford manager according to Sunday tabloid speculation.

That would certainly be an intriguing appointment considering we play Watford at home in our opening game of the new 2011-12 season. It would also be interesting to hear what sort of reception Laws gets as he walks to the away dugout at Turf Moor!

Stevenage boss Graham Westley and Northern Ireland chief Nigel Worthington are also thought to be in the frame.

Laws has been out of work since being sacked by Burnley six months ago and is understood to be looking for a new Championship club.

Watford`s board are keen on the ex-Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday boss it is reported because...get this..funds are limited and they are being realistic about who they can employ. Well that,if true is a ringing endorsement of Laws' capabilities and brings back shades of that ridiculous statement made by the Burnley board at the time Laws became Burnley gaffer.

They said that according to an accountants' report (Do Little & Spend nowt,whatever they were called), Laws had a good track record of working on low budgets at Championship level. Just a pity we were in the Premier League at the time!

Former Watford manager Graham Taylor will also be part of the selection panel and would you just not love being a hornet on the wall, when Laws is discussed?

Well this speculation certainly brought a broad grin to my face!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 19 2011

Time: 9:19AM

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Titter! How intriguing, go for it Brian..lol
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19/06/2011 09:21:00

Get in there BL and expect a big cheer at the Turf, or a very loud laugh.
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19/06/2011 12:25:00

I so hope this happens, would be hilarious! Wonder what the Watford fans are thinking? Maybe they are recalling Elton John and his song 'Don't let the sun go down on me' roflmao
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19/06/2011 12:28:00

Can someone remind me where we were in the table when BL was fired? Maybe Watford think that's a realistic goal for them at the moment? Cotts went on from being fired when we were in a broadly similar position and - albeit after a longish gap - seems to have won admirers in the job done at Fratton. I suppose it all depends on the starting point, both for the managerial reign, and for analysis. (In the same way, starting an analysis from different places allows Barry Kilby to say 'we went down stronger' and for turfman to disagree!)
Couch Potato
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20/06/2011 10:31:00

It must be hard for a manager,assuming Laws gets the job at Watford, to realise he is there because the club do not have enough money to get someone better! My opinion on Laws seemed to be given credence after Carlisle spoke about him at the Trust 'Countdown to Queston Time' event where he was fairly critical of Laws and his motivational/leadership skills.
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20/06/2011 10:59:00

I agree from what I have been advised about what Carlisle said, that it does highlight a weakness in BL. But which manager is without flaws? And perhaps BL's rather detached style was made to seem worse, coming as it did on the heels of OC's overly matey approach? Also, unless you're managing somewhere like MU, Ars, Liverpool, Citeh, Barca, RM, etc, isn't it always true that clubs hire the best manager they can afford, and have to turn away from others beyond their budget? SEPARATE QUESTION for our esteemed site administrator.... the poll result on UCFB has swung massively from 'great idea' to 'doomed to failure'? Is that a genuine swing or a computer glitch? Also, how many people have now voted, and how many people normally vote in this site's polls? And if the swing has been genuine, anyone know if it's based on any hard news? Finally, do we have poll results from when 1882 indicating whether the formation that year of Bfc was considered to be 'a geat idea' or 'doomed to failure'?
Couch Potato
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20/06/2011 11:38:00

Looks like the poll has been childishly nobbled again but no big deal will just take down and put summat else up. I think we got the general flavour of things. A manager is indeed not perfect but some are less perfect than others. Laws, never really accepted at Burnley and put in charge by a less than ambitious Board was probably never going to succeed but if what Carlisle said was true about his man-managements skills (or rather lack of them) we were only ever going to be an average Championship side
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20/06/2011 11:47:00

I fully agree that in every sense it seemed an odd appointment for Bfc. Against that, on our too rare good days under Brian we did play some good stuff. I wonder if Barry Kilby or Brendan Flood will ever provide more details of what was going when he was hired? But, at the moment, maybe Watford feel that mid-table is their most sensible target? Or should every club in every division be aiming for the top? I would humbly suggest that has not been the case in the PL for many a year now.
Couch Potato
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20/06/2011 11:56:00

Very much with Couch agree about the Prem teams ambition. Seems to be looked at as just a stepping stone to the Champions league with success being measured in terms of a top 4 position. Plus of course teams just seeking to consolidate their Prem position. The main ambition for the majority in all of this is to make money for the owners and that not necessarilydirectly from the football.
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20/06/2011 14:37:00

My gawd even Waftord dont want him now!! lol Watford have named assistant boss Sean Dyche as the replacement for outgoing manager Malky Mackay. Must be even cheaper and not likely to demand 1 million for his ultimate failure and sacking
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