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Burnley X-Files: Laws of the Irish!

Burnley X-Files: Laws of the Irish!

Premier Division of the League of Ireland, Shamrock Rovers have announced that former Burnley gaffer, Brian Laws is to become their new Director of Football until the end of the season following Stephen Kenny`s dismissal last week.

Chairman Jonathan Roche said Laws will work with assistant manager Stephen Glass and the rest of the current managerial team while Rovers continue their hunt for Kenny`s replacement.

"We have six important league games and the EA Sports Cup final coming up over the next month and a half, and Brian is coming in to help the existing back room staff to do as well as possible in those games," Roche said.

"Bringing Brian in also gives the club some breathing space to take our time to pick the next manager. Brian`s experience in the game will help us very much in the short term, and he has recruited many players from Ireland so he is not a stranger to the league."

Brian Laws was appointed as the new manager of Burnley in January 2010 following the high-profile departure of Owen Coyle to Bolton. He was not going to endear himself to the Burnley fanbase despite having previously played for the club as a popular player.

He left Turf Moor after being sacked in December 2010 having failed to keep the club in the Premier League and then struggling to keep the fans happy in the Championship.

Laws has also recently been critical about the sacking in his autobiography 'Laws of the Jungle`. He described his Turf Moor sacking as the "most hurtful parting" of his career after accusing the Burnley board of not being strong enough during his troubled tenure.

He also admitted the reaction towards him by the fans was "heartbreaking" and revealed he was asked to step down by then chairman Barry Kilby during a phone conversation from America that lasted 'a minute`. In the book, he wrote: "It still rankles as the most hurtful period of my career. It was the shortest phone conversation you can imagine.

"If I said it only lasted a minute that would not be overstating the case.

"We never spoke again. About an hour later, Burnley put an announcement that I was leaving. I was disappointed both with the decision and manner of it.

"I thought I had a better working relationship and understanding with the club than that. For all my love for the club over many years, this wasn`t a pleasant experience. The supporters upset me and I was dismayed at the way it ended from the club`s point of view.

"Brendan`s (Flood) reasoning was that if we lost again, the supporters would turn on the board. I thought they would have been stronger than that. We were on target for the play offs.

"Change doesn`t necessarily equal progress and what was so galling for me was that the board could have had been more supportive, especially as I was on target for our objective."

Speaking about his new appointment, Laws said:

"I am delighted to be joining Shamrock Rovers and look forward to working with the chairman, board of directors, players, staff and supporters to move the club forward into a new era.

"I have significant football managerial experience having taken charge of over 800 league games in all four divisions in England. I aim to bring that experience with me to advise, guide and lead the club`s short-term strategy.

'My strengths include getting to know clubs from top to bottom and leading change where necessary, at all times identifying and building on the club`s strengths, culture and brand. I am delighted to be accepting the challenge and can`t wait to get going."

If you say so Brian!

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Date:Monday September 17 2012
Time: 4:43PM


Just wonder if anybody thinks we were too harsh on Laws in hindsight?
17/09/2012 16:52:00
We were too harsh on Laws. Most fans did not want him from the start and some did not let go of that making his position more difficult than it needed to be. I am not saying he would have been a success at Turf, but he could have been helped by the fans more than he was.
17/09/2012 17:07:00
We shall never know but the bigger question is why Laws was never accepted and that is for one simple reason..he was not Owen Coyle ie did not have the charisma! If you stretch me to two reasons, the other was a blatant lack of ambition by the Board. Did we really choose Brian over AVB?
17/09/2012 17:28:00
Brian Laws was an accountant's appointment. The cheapest manager we could get. I feel sorry for him but do not think he was helped by the Board and was not really up to it. Good luck in his new job.
17/09/2012 17:43:00
Were the fans to harsh no, Laws was paid a very good salary and a three year contract by the gutless Board to take the heat of Kilby and the Board, according to Fletcher AVB was too much of a risk so let’s throw money at Laws, Jesus wept.
17/09/2012 18:30:00
I have not read any of the books mentioned but I do know how much we would have had to pay for AVB to release him from his contract and Porto paid less that summer to take him to Porto and that was a 7 figure sum!!! He was never a realistic replacement or a candidate. Laws was treated poorly and I agree with his words quoted above, perhaps the fact he had pleaded with Kilby to sign Jack Cork before we couldn't afford him, will always be overlooked too. Laws was doomed from the moment it was written he was an accountants choice, imo.
17/09/2012 18:56:00
Brian Laws never stood a chance at Burnley. I was there to witness that shockingly inexcusable display by that Burnley team against Scunthorpe. It was clear Laws had lost the dressing room and the fans. Still feel sorry for the man as he had genuine affection for the club. I wish him well in his new job.
Grimsby Claret
17/09/2012 19:47:00
Agree Grimsby. The fans never wanted him and some were vocally on his back before the end of February. Whether the board were wrong to appoint him is in my opinion irrelevant to the question of him being harshly treated.
17/09/2012 20:17:00
When is this club going to realise cheap does not equal success? Well OK at least 9 times out of ten. Of course if they strike lucky one in ten seasons, they can say we told u so and the gullible 'positives' will lap it up before we start another ten year cycle of mediocrity!
17/09/2012 22:18:00
Of course we never wanted him but he still had to be successful and he didnt have the motivational skills to do it after Coyle left to do the business! Isn't that a manager's job?
17/09/2012 22:20:00
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