Laws vows to keep Clarets up
Published 14/01/2010 | 05:00
Brian Laws is confident he can keep Burnley in the top flight following his surprise appointment as manager.
The former Clarets defender, sacked as boss of Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday just a month ago, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal to succeed Owen Coyle at Turf Moor.
The 48-year-old is thought to have beaten off competition from Doncaster's Sean O'Driscoll to land his first Premier League job, although his arrival appears to have met with a lukewarm reaction from fans.
Laws said: "I am sure there are a lot of Burnley fans asking, 'Why Brian Laws?' Well let me tell you, I have followed Burnley since I was 16 years old, when I joined the club. I have had an affinity with this club for a long time and I am really honoured to have the privilege of managing Burnley FC.
"Owen Coyle has done a fantastic job at this club. But he has dropped the baton and we want to pick it up with the supporters and drive on over the finishing line, which means we will have stayed in the Premier League."
Laws began his playing career at Burnley in 1979 before moving on to Huddersfield, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.
Laws will be joined by his former Scunthorpe and Wednesday assistant Russ Wilcox while veteran captain Graham Alexander (38) will take up a new role as player-coach.
Laws' appointment appeared inevitable after Doncaster issued a statement yesterday insisting O'Driscoll, his chief rival, would be staying in South Yorkshire.