Laws - I'm the man for the job
Published : 13 Jan 2010 18:43:08
Brian Laws is confident he will win over Burnley's fans after he was unveiled as Owen Coyle's successor at Turf Moor on Wednesday.
Laws, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, started his playing career with the Clarets but was something of a surprise appointment given that he was sacked as boss of Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday just a month ago.
However, the 48-year-old insists he is ready to prove to his worth to the Turf Moor faithful and show that he is the right man for the job. "They (the Burnley board) believe they have made the right decision, and I do," Laws said.
After Coyle's heroics in getting Burnley promoted to the Barclays Premier League before his departure to Bolton last week, Laws has a tough act to follow and Wednesday's news has received a mixed response from the club's supporters.
"I'm sure with the supporters time will tell but all I'm asking of them is support your team as you have been, continue to do what you are doing and we will do everything in our power to get it right on the pitch," he added.
"Owen has done a terrific job and rightly should be looked at through the eyes of the supporters as a legend.
"He has done something that many managers have tried and been unsuccessful. Credit where credit is due and I know that the fans will support that and say he has done a brilliant job.
"I'm sure there will be one or two reserved that will be looking and watching what happens. All I can say to them is that they will get my full commitment.
"I'll work every hour possible to make sure it happens at this football club.
"Time will tell and I hope I do. Every club I've been to I've had a great affinity with the supporters. I appreciate what they're about and I hope they see that."