Date:Wednesday January 13 2010
Former Owls boss Brian Laws took the manager's job at Premier League side Burnley today - and his appointment hasn't exactly seen the Clarets fans welcome him with open arms.
Laws lost his job at Hillsborough almost a month ago after seeing his Owls side slip down to the Championship relegation places.
But he can thank lady luck that he's straight back into football management - and in the top tier of English football.
Some may see it as a somewhat surprise appointment, some may not.
A man who departed a Championship club after putting us in grave danger of relegation to League 1 shouldn't be expected to jump straight back into a job in the Premier League.
But we know Laws' ties with the Turf Moor club, and we know that the Clarets came in for Brian not that long ago before Wednesday refused them permission and Owen Coyle was appointed.
We at Vital Wednesday have already wished Brian all the best at his new club.
He was one of those managers who nobody really wanted to see leave, he was a likeable bloke with plenty of passion for the Owls - ask his wife.
But it didn't work out, finances were dire for new players, and we simply needed a fresh start before it was too late.
It always seemed a bit hit and miss with him, we were either really good, or really poor.
The consistency simply wasn't there, and that's something that's vital at Championship level.
Still, the positives slightly outweigh the negatives during his spell as Wednesday boss in my opinion, and who knows what he could have done with a bit of cash at his disposal.
All ifs and buts now.
So I feel slightly for Laws for the reception that he seems to be getting from a large number of Burnley fans before he's even taken to the dugout.
It screams out a familiarity with Gary Megson's start at Bolton Wanderers - a lot of their support didn't really want him there from the off.
Maybe not quite as bad - Laws' playing days with the Clarets has obviously pleased some fans.
And, of course, Burnley fans will get behind their new manager now that the appointment has been made - avoiding the bottom three will be a big success for Laws and he can surely build from there.
But Brian's up against it already.
I'm not sure if a trip to Old Trafford for his first game in charge on Saturday is a good thing or a bad thing for him.
I'll admit, I've never been a big fan of Burnley, mainly due to experiences of going to Turf Moor with the Owls, but I'll be hoping they stay up and do well under Brian.
Is it a stroke of genius from Burnley or merely a cheap option, that could well be safe for next season if the Clarets do make a swift to return to the Championship?
Only time will tell - good luck Brian.
Date:Wednesday January 13 2010
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