DONCASTER ROVERS: Brian Laws on familiar territory
BRIAN Laws didn’t need showing around Glanford Park when he was appointed the new Scunthorpe United manager at the end of last month.
It is the third time in his managerial career that Laws - who tomorrow brings his team to the Keepmoat - has had charge of the Iron.
Following a successful career with Nottingham Forest, where he featured in three League Cup finals, finishing on the winning side twice, and an FA Cup final, Laws’ first taste of management was at Grimsby Town where he was player-manager.
He took over as manager of the Iron early in 1997 and twice steered them to promotion in both the 1998-99 and 2004-05 seasons.
He was sacked in March 2004 only to find himself back in the hot seat within a month.
He left Glanford Park in November 2006 to take over at Sheffield Wednesday.
One of the highlights of his time at Hillsborough came in the 2008-09 season when he steered the Owls to their first league double over arch-rivals Sheffield United for 95 years.
He left the club by ‘mutual consent’ just before Christmas later that year following a run of poor results.
He was the surprise choice to take over at Premiership Burnley, reportedly beating Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll to the job.
Laws, who made nearly 200 appearances for the Clarets at the start of his career, failed to keep them in the top flight and was sacked during the following season following a 2-0 defeat against the Iron.
Prior to returning to Glanford Park, where once again he will have former Doncaster Rovers’ skipper Russ Wilcox as his No 2, he was director of football at Shamrock Rovers.
Wilcox had started the season as No 2 to Lee Bradbury at Bournemouth.
Laws’ first game in charge saw the Iron beaten 4-0 at Gillingham in the first round of the FA Cup, but that was followed by a 4-1 win at Walsall and a 2-1 win at relegated Coventry.
When they also drew 2-2 at home against high-flying Notts County, who boast one of the best away records in the league, United fans thought they had turned the corner but they were given a reality check on Tuesday night when slumping to a 2-1 home defeat against fellow strugglers Bury which saw the Iron drop to second bottom.
Laws, set to lose top scorer Leon Clarke early next month, is keen to add to his squad. He will be without skipper Paul Reid due to suspension.
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