Laws backs Sheffield Wednesday for promotion

Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws believes that his old side will triumph ahead of their Steel City rivals in the fierce battle for promotion to the Championship

With five games remaining, only two points separate Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday in the fight for the second automatic promotion place behind Champions-elect Charlton and the 51-year-old admits that it will probably go right down to the wire but he maintains that the Owls have the nerve and form to hold off the Blades.

“Sheffield Wednesday have a great chance. I have seen them quite a few times this season: they have goals in them, they look organised

“I have got to say, I think Sheffield Wednesday will probably pip Sheffield United just at the final few hurdles, but all of the city of Sheffield would love both teams to go up, but make sure that Sheffield United do it the hard way in the play-offs!”

Wednesday, assisted by in-form striker Gary Madine, have won their last four games under new boss Dave Jones but Laws has been quick to praise the role Gary Megson played in their successful season.

“There has been a lot of work done by Gary Megson and the foundations have been set. Dave Jones has taken it on and continued that good work and I can see them getting stronger each game that goes by.” Laws told Yahoo Sport.

Laws was manager at Hillsborough for a three years between 2006 and 2009 and as a result he fully understands the amount of pressure that Jones currently faces at Hillsborough with high expectations from the fans.

“I remember at Wednesday – a big club, in terms of fan base – during my time we had a very limited budget, in the bottom four of the Championship, so we were actually overachieving.

“For us, the best way to deal with that was to be transparent with the fans so that they had a greater understanding of the situation and the challenges. And it certainly helps to manage the expectation because then they are not getting too carried away. Sometimes you can set expectations too high for a club and it is unachievable.”

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