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Who Needs Mourinho?

'If Mourinho had been here, I don't think he could have done any better.' - Owls boss Brian Laws following the Owls' Championship survival against Norwich on Sunday.

I doubt Laws was putting himself on a par with the former Chelsea boss and European Cup winning manager, hey, even our old friend Mr Warnock from the red and white half of the city wouldn't go as far as that.

But Laws insists his troops have a lot to learn from the season, which was ultimately a failure for an Owls side favoured for a play-off spot at the start of the season.

'We're going to learn a lot from this year. We've had to put up with a lot, on the field and off it, you name it, it's been thrown at us and we've had hurdle after hurdle to climb and we've got over every one,' Laws said at the post-match press conference.

'We've come out the other end. We've got a good squad of players here, if everybody's fit, and if we can add one or two to bolster that I believe we will have a much, much better year next year.

'I'm not patting myself on the back; if Mourinho had been here, I don't think he could have done any better.'

Laws' future could well be in doubt should a takeover happen at S6 over the pre-season, Alan Shearer's name was being banded around Hillsborough before the Owls' clash with Barnsley earlier in the season.

But the Owls' gaffer is pleased to finally get the season out of the way and secure Wednesday's Championship status in the final game of the season.

'I'm glad it's over, that's for sure,' he continued.

'This week feels like a month waiting for that game to come about, knowing that we were going to have a sell-out and that the crowd would get right behind us as they have done all year.

'The nervousness within the game showed with everybody, particularly in the first half. Norwich have come here and I said they wouldn't lie down, they'll come here with confidence to say 'we'll go and play our own game and take risks and attack at every moment we can.'

'They got an early goal but I always knew we'd bounce back because the resilience we have shown over the last 15 games. Every time we get a knock we bounce back,' Laws said.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 5 2008

Time: 12:27PM

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Being humble is for people who have no other qualities. Way to go BL.
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05/05/2008 16:04:00

blow your own trumpet whenever you can cause people are quick enough to kick you when things dont go your way laws done his job well recently and deserves the acolade up the owls
beverley owl
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05/05/2008 17:59:00

i dont think he is blowing his own trumpet..he is right would Mourinho done any better in laws shoes?..i think not,lets see what mr laws can do with some proper money if the takeover happens.
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05/05/2008 18:05:00

Laws has been great even when the talk of takeovers and new managers have been going around, with the added pressure of a religation scrap and injuries he has always seemed to come out confident and determined and he has done a great job to keep us up. I just hope he gets the oppotunity to have some money and take us back to the premiership.
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05/05/2008 18:15:00

but with money laws has signed jeffers and leon clarke.
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05/05/2008 18:49:00

you watch jeffers go next season if the operation he has had is a success..he is a qualiy for leon clarke the i cannot defend laws on that one but every manager makes a few bad signings dont they?
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05/05/2008 19:19:00

Think Clarke might have done better if supporters werent so eager to criticise earlier in the season and destroy his confidence. 2 goals in about 20 mins football in last two games aint bad.
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05/05/2008 19:22:00

You're right BluntsForLife, Laws wasn't as good as Bryan Robson was he... Muhahahahahaha! WTID
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05/05/2008 20:09:00

I agree Jeffers hasnt really had the chance through injury to prove himself yet and I also agree Clarke hasnt really been given a chance from most it me or am I trying to make things sound better than they are?
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05/05/2008 21:03:00

I can't escape the fact that I feel Clarke is c*** but his goals to games ratio is much better than our other strikers, we need above all a goalscorer or two.
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05/05/2008 23:12:00

Clarke has awesome potential, he's just usually low on confidence. Though the Kop seemed to have warmed to him. Now he's been accepted by the crowd, he seems more confident too. Jeffers IS awesome. He's just very very unlucky with injuries. Hopefully both will stay fit and in form next season. Along with the (also awesome on their day) Sodje, Burton & Tudgay. Brian Laws has performed miracles this season considering the horrendous injury setbacks & selling of arguably our 2 most influential players. Highlights of the season: First win against Hull, Akpo Sodje & Mark Beevers (just awesome), Tommy Spurr (most improved player), Lee Grant (proving himself), Sean Macallister (the new Glenn Whelan), thrashing S'oton 5-0, taking 4 points off our neighbours, final day thumping of Norwich
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05/05/2008 23:39:00

.....Sorry, having little choice in selling our 2 most influential players
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05/05/2008 23:40:00

If we consider the facts, Brian Laws has done a magnificent job. We lost our two best players (can't blame them, they will play Premiership football next season); at least 3-4 first team players were injured all damn season. But honestly, I can see Mourinho doing 2 things better: 1)buying better players with the money BL had - Jeffers and Esajas were disappointing 2) Mourihno would probably teach his team how to NOT f'ing concede a goal in the beginning of EVERY f'ing game. Still happy with how the season ended though, and standing behind Laws 100%. Bring up next season. But maybe Mourinho knows how
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05/05/2008 23:42:00

Jeffers was injured most of the season and Esajas had his share of time in the physio room - when they were playing they were great, don't think you can judge them on their scant appearances. Also with 3 out of the back 4 not long out of nappies I think you can forgive the early goals (as f'ing frustrating as they were) but Laws was able to motivate his players to come back from that which is the mark of a good manager! Hope he stays!
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06/05/2008 10:29:00

Laws is a decnt bloke who -given time- could finally stabalise us and make us a serious contender for the premiership, in all honesty i won't be bothered if we dont get promoted next season but i do think we'll improve and become a top 10 championship team and not fighting for survival every year. I appreciate everyone backing Jeffers, but why buy such an injury prone player when we had so many inuries in the first place?? I think if we have investment it needs to be spent more wisely
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06/05/2008 12:02:00

Made me laugh this atricle. Think the emotions have got to BL a bit, but would love him to stay and given some decent cash to spend!
will it ever happen
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07/05/2008 09:52:00


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