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Laws favourite to land Clarets job

Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws has emerged as the favourite for the managerial vacancy at Burnley after a day of speculation also involving Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll.

O'Driscoll was initially thought to be the front-runner for the Turf Moor post vacated by Owen Coyle as Rovers refused to confirm or deny an approach had been made.

However, with ex-Burnley player Laws also unavailable for comment, reports began to circulate that he was edging ahead of O'Driscoll.

Laws would be a surprise appointment after being sacked by Championship strugglers Wednesday last month as he has previously only managed Scunthorpe United and lowly Grimsby Town.

O'Driscoll, 52, had six years in charge of Bournemouth -- where he spent the majority of his playing career -- before taking charge at Doncaster in 2006.


He signed a new three-year deal at the Keepmoat Stadium last summer after leading Rovers into English football's second tier for the first time in 50 years in 2008.

The Clarets have yet to make any announcement over the identity of Coyle's successor, although, with some backroom staff having also moved with him to Bolton, the east Lancashire side are thought likely to quickly appoint the ex-Republic of Ireland international's successor.

Burnley chairman Barry Kilby said: "We are still interviewing, we are still looking."