Brian Laws
BRIAN
LAWS

Brian Laws was most recently the manager of Scunthorpe United.

Laws has managed over 800 games at every level of the professional game. He has been in the trade since 1994 following a successful playing career majoring at Nottingham Forest.

Laws, a disciple of the great Brian Clough, took charge of Scunthorpe in February, 1997, having learned the ropes as Grimsby's player-manager.

He won two promotions - in 1999 and 2005 - in almost a decade at Glanford Park. Brian stayed loyal to the Iron despite being sacked amid a power struggle in 2004. . . he was reinstated just three weeks later.

Laws was then appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday on November 6, 2006.

November 2006 saw Laws become the latest of many managers in quick succession to take on the challenge of reviving Wednesday. The club remained weighed down by heavy debts, putting his record into impressive context.

After winning a battle against relegation in his second season, Laws led the Owls to a healthy mid-table finish in 2008/09 despite operating on one of the lowest wage bills in the Championship. That season he entered steel city history by becoming the first Wednesday manager for 95 years to do the double over neighbours Sheffield United.

Laws and Wednesday parted company in December 2009. At the time of his departure, Laws had become the 16th longest-serving manager in English football and had managed over 750 games in his career. He had the distinction of achieving Sheffield Wednesday's three highest league positions since the club's relegation.

He was then confirmed as the new manager of Burnley on January 13, 2010 with the club being in the Barclays Premier League. He remained with the Clarets until December 2010 and left with Burnley just two points off a play-off place with a game in hand.

He later served as the Director of Football at Shamrock Rovers before he joined Scunthorpe for his third spell in charge of the club.

As a player, Brian was a product of the famous Wallsend Boys club in his native North East. He opened with four seasons at Burnley before moving, via Huddersfield, to Middlesbrough where he was part of a side that won two promotions to climb into the old First Division.

Right back Laws then enjoyed six years with Clough's Forest. He landed back-to-back League Cup winners medals in 1989 and 1990 and was twice a runner-up in 1991 after Forest reached the final of both domestic trophies.

He is a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.

Honours (6)
  • personal-awards
    • Sheffield Wednesday:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2007-11-01)
    • Scunthorpe United:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2006-09-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2005-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2004-08-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2001-03-01)
  • promotions
    • Scunthorpe United:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola League One, (2005-05-15)
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