UK time is: 13:51:47
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Good Luck, Brian

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.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 13 2010

Time: 6:22PM

Your Comments

Must admit I was surprised when I heard they were interested, but I think it's impossible to argue to against the job he did with us until this season. Taking a team with the 4th lowest wage bill to 12th, with solid home form and a couple of really memorable wins during his time. He's left us with some high quality playersd and helped develop promising youngsters into first team regulars. My concern is what happens when you give him money (jeffers, clarke, purse spring to mind) but I wish him all the best.
north stand owl
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Prutton weighing up playing options (Thursday April 24 2014)

Owls suffer double injury blow (Thursday April 24 2014)

Tigers to offer Owls target new deal (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Preview: Owls v Charlton (Sunday April 20 2014)

Pompey keen on McCabe loan extension (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Ex-Owl Jones sacked by Port Vale (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Stats: Forest v Wednesday (Wednesday April 9 2014)

Forest 3-3 Wednesday (Wednesday April 9 2014)

Preview: Forest v Owls (Tuesday April 8 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Wednesday Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Watford 43 15 15 13 17 60
13. Middlesbrough 44 14 16 14 7 58
14. Bolton 44 13 16 15 -3 55
15. Sheff Wed 44 13 14 17 1 53
16. Leeds Utd 44 15 8 21 -10 53
17. Huddersfield 44 13 11 20 -8 50
18. Charlton 43 11 12 20 -23 45

Breaking League News

Prutton weighing up playing options
Sheff Wed : 24/04/2014 13:39:00
Owls have competition for Hull striker
Sheff Wed : 24/04/2014 13:34:00
Owls suffer double injury blow
Sheff Wed : 24/04/2014 13:28:00
Scout Focus: Leeds United
Birmingham : 24/04/2014 13:00:00
Madejski reveals 'slow progress' in owner search
Reading : 24/04/2014 13:00:00
Freedman: I'm Building A Team
Bolton : 24/04/2014 11:46:00
Birmingham Injury Update
Birmingham : 24/04/2014 11:41:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Should the Owls give Gary Madine another chance?
Suggested By:  
Yes 85%
No 15%