Unity will help Bolton survive says Laws

Former Burnley manager Brian Laws believes that the spirit developed from the Mumaba situation will help keep Bolton in the Premier League for another season.

Victories by relegation rivals Wigan and QPR last night has left the Trotters two points from safety but they still have a game in hand on the teams above them and Laws thinks that the togetherness in the camp developed after the collapse of the 24-year-old will ensure they survive.

“I think the way that they have become united with the off-field situation with Fabrice Muamba has pulled them all together and they have gone on a bit of a run as well.

“It has brought them together as a club and the supporters are right behind them so I can see Bolton getting away from it all.”

Laws, who replaced Bolton bound Owen Coyle at Turf Moor in early 2010, was dismissed in December of the same year after struggling to maintain a play-off push in the Championship after their ultimate relegation from the top tier.

With only five games to go two of the promoted teams are looking secure for another season in the Premier League and Laws believes this has left more experienced clubs like Bolton vulnerable to relegation.

“It has been a very interesting situation, because in the Premier League relegation battle it is generally the teams who have come up who are down there, particularly in the second half of the season. However, Swansea and Norwich have done superbly well and that means that someone else is going to have to fight it out and that there are seasoned Premier League teams who are down at the bottom, which is very unusual.”

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe boss was unable to prevent the Clarets heading to the Championship after finding himself in a similar position to Terry Connor at Wolves and the 51-year-old is concerned about their future in the Premier League.

“The worrying team, for me, is Wolves. There aren’t any whipping boys as such. There generally is when teams come up, there is a team that gets absolutely hammered, but there has been nobody this year. It is an exciting one and it will go the wire, I am sure.”

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