Confident Laws plans for future
Burnley manager Brian Laws is adamant he will be at the club next season as he already has plans in place for life in or out of the Premier League.
The Clarets -- who host Liverpool today -- have lost 13 of 16 matches since Laws' appointment in mid-January, and unsurprisingly it has prompted speculation he will be out in the summer -- in particular if the club is relegated.
Following West Ham's victory yesterday, Burnley are on the brink of a swift return to the Championship, but Laws does not see his reign coming to an end any time soon.
"The one thing we have to do is plan -- short-term, long-term -- and the one thing we are planning for right now is to stay in the Premier League," he said. "You've also got to look at the other side, at what happens if we don't stay up. We're trying to do some planning, and what course we take dep-ends on this weekend and next.
"Hopefully we won't know until after the last game of the season which would be great, the best feeling in the world, and I'd be delighted if that happens. Once we do know we'll be straight on it, and we'll work as quickly as possible to put practices in place."
Asked if he would be around to see through his plans, a rhetorical Laws replied: "If I'm writing them, I'm not doing them for anybody else, am I? We're looking to plan, you have to, and well ahead. Many people outside of football don't realise it, but there is so much to do. You don't just turn up a week before the season starts. It takes months of planning, not just on the playing and management side, but also with regard to the club itself."
With Burnley's plight a precarious one, with every game now crucial, the players would probably look to their manager to present a cool, calm facade. But Laws admits to being on edge.
"If you don't have nerves then there's a problem. You're not human. It's an emotional game. No-one is superhuman. Who can switch off just like that and say they don't feel pressure or nervous? Of course you feel nervous, and you need an element of that to get the best out of yourself anyway.
"So nerves do come into it. Your stomach will be churning away, but that's the feeling you should have -- it means you care, and myself and everybody at this football club cares."
With Liverpool playing their third game in seven days, a tired Reds side might play into Burnley's hands. Notably, Liverpool were forced to undertake an exhausting 24-hour journey to Madrid to face Atletico on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final due to the disruption to air travel caused by the Icelandic volcano.
"I can't foresee any Liverpool player feeling fatigued. What's all that about? A load of rubbish," added Laws. "I expect them to be at full pelt. Everybody will be expecting Liverpool to beat us, so there's no added pressure on us. It will be on them because they're still hoping to get into the top four and they must win every game."