Betfair blogger Phil Tomlinson believes that Burnley are taking a huge gamble in Brian Laws.
All managerial appointments have an element of risk to them, but Burnley’s recruitment of Brian Laws looks like a hefty gamble.
The former Sheffield Wednesday boss was given the boot at Hillsborough with the Owls languishing in the lower reaches of the Championship, but Laws wasn’t out of work long as the Clarets soon came knocking.
It certainly wasn’t a situation Burnley would have envisaged at the start of the season, but when Owen Coyle’s former club Bolton decided he was the man for them the Scot was eager to make the switch to The Reebok Stadium and Burnley were left managerless.
Chairman Barry Kilby knew he had to get a new man in fast, especially with the club perilously close to the relegation zone.
And he did exactly that by appointing Laws on a two-and-a-half-year deal, but the former Scunthorpe boss will need all the luck in the world to keep the Clarets up this season.
Laws does have managerial experience but not in the Premier League and his 33 per cent win record with Wednesday certainly didn’t have the land’s big guns clamouring for his services.
While he did win two promotions with Scunthorpe, Laws’ efforts with the Owls had left the Hillsborough faithful desperate for a new man in charge.
True Wednesday were not blessed with a pot full of cash for players, but neither are Burnley and Laws will have to engineer a survival plan on the lowest wage budget in the Premier League.
It was an unfortunate scenario for Burnley and without a mountain of money to entice a proven, big-name, manager they had few options to choose from.
However, fans will no doubt be alarmed that Burnley’s Premier League relegation odds actually shortened after Laws was unveiled as manager and his arrival has the hint of desperation about it.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Laws given the boot at the end of the season to join the managerial merry-go-round once more.
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