Brian Laws returns after 26 years

Last updated : 13 January 2010 By Tony Scholes
It is fair to say the news has not gone down too well amongst the supporters in some quarters but as always we need to back the new man right from the start.

He's brought Russ Wilcox with him as assistant manager, and that is no surprise. Wilcox has worked with Laws, at both Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday, for ten years and it could almost be taken as read that he would be joining him.

A first team coach will be appointed, and one with Premier League experience, shortly as Laws looks to build the backroom team, decimated by the goings on of the last week, whilst he's also brought Graham Alexander into his team as player/coach.

That appointment has to be good news for Burnley and the fans. Grezza is hugely popular with supporters who will undoubtedly applaud that decision. Laws himself said: "He is a real Burnley man now and he is well respected. He is at a stage in his career where he wants to be part of a set up.

"First and foremost, and most importantly, he will be a player, but we want him in our team because he will be as good for us as we hopefully will be for him."

Laws has confirmed that he has no plans whatsoever to abandon the attacking football we've become used to over the last two years. "Hopefully the Burnley supporters will remember the way my teams have played against them in the past.

"We want to try and play the good attractive football that I was brought up on and I can't think of any reason to change that, because I am not in that mould. I like my teams to get the ball down and play the best they possibly can, because that's what supporters thrive on."

He's also fully aware that fans are asking, "Why Brian Laws?" He confirmed that he will do everything in his power to keep the club in the Premier League where he believes it belongs.

Laws will be unveiled at a news conference at 3:30 p.m. today and will surely see his first Burnley team in action tonight when the youth team take on Manchester United.