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Burnley name Coyle's replacement.

Summary: Burnley have named Brian Laws as their new manager following the departure of Owen Coyle to rivals Bolton Wanderers.

Burnley have named Brian Laws as their new manager following the departure of Owen Coyle to rivals Bolton Wanderers.

Laws, a former Burnley defender, has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the club.

The former Sheffield Wednesday manager faces a baptism of fire, with Burnley playing champions Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday with a visit to Bolton looming on January 26.

Burnley said in a statement that the 48-year-old had always been their first choice to fill the vacancy and praised his ability to get results on a tight budget.

The club said: "The Burnley board have been particularly impressed by the way Brian consistently achieved relative success in his former post at Sheffield Wednesday, while operating with one of the lowest wage and transfer budgets in the Championship."

Russ Wilcox, has joined as assistant manager. He worked with Laws at Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday. First team midfielder Graham Alexander has been appointed player/coach.

Burnley said Laws's arrival would enable the club to build on the foundations laid by Coyle in taking them back to the top flight in 2009 for the first time since 1976.

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