Sunday 19 November 2017

Brian Laws frontrunner for Burnley hotseat

Mark Ogden

Brian Laws has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Owen Coyle as Burnley manager after impressing chairman Barry Kilby and director Brendan Flood during an interview for the Turf Moor vacancy.

Former Burnley defender Laws, sacked by Sheffield Wednesday last month, is the frontrunner among a surprise short-list of names drawn up by Kilby and Flood following Coyle’s departure for Bolton last week.

Laws, 48, has previously enjoyed success in management with Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United and it is understood that he has been interviewed twice by Burnley over the past week.

Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll and Huddersfield’s Lee Clark are also being considered, while Burnley are keen to speak to the West Ham assistant manager Steve Clarke.

With Leeds manager Simon Grayson ruling himself out of the running and Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins warning Burnley that an approach for Paulo Sousa would be rejected, Kilby and Flood are aiming to appoint a new manager prior to Saturday’s Premier League trip to Manchester United.

Martin Dobson, the club’s Director of Youth, is currently in temporary charge with youth-team coach Terry Pashley.

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