Laws started his career with the Clarets, making his debut on an inglorious afternoon at Vicarage Road in a 4-0 defeat against Watford. He was a first team regular for the next three years before moving to Huddersfield, Middlesbrough and then Nottingham Forest. It was at Forest, under Brian Clough, that he had a long successful career at the top level.
His first management job was as player manager of Grimsby and then two spells as Scunthorpe boss before going to Wednesday a year ago. He certainly fits the bill of experience laid down by Brendan Flood, he's now managed those teams in no less than 670 games.
He was strongly linked with the Burnley job in early 1996 following the departure of Jimmy Mullen and it is believe he was very close to getting it before the Burnley board decided on Adrian Heath.