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Clarets turn to Laws.

BURNLEY have named former Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws as their new manager.

The ex-Clarets defender, who has signed a two-and-a-half year deal, is a surprise choice to succeed Owen Coyle, who left Turf Moor for Barclays Premier League rivals Bolton last week.

The appointment represents a remarkable transformation of fortunes for the 48-year-old, who was sacked by Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Wednesday just last month.

Laws, who began his playing career at Burnley 1979, is thought to have beaten off competition from Doncaster's Sean O'Driscoll for the post.

O'Driscoll appeared to be the frontrunner but compensation with Doncaster could have been a stumbling block.

A Burnley statement read: "We believe Brian will deliver a continuity of the culture to which Burnley fans and staff have become accustomed.

"As a former Burnley defender, he is especially familiar with the club, the traditions we have and the passion we all share."

Burnley have acted quickly following the departure of Coyle and most of his backroom staff.

Laws, who has previously managed Grimsby and Scunthorpe, will be joined at Turf Moor by his former Iron and Wednesday assistant Russ Wilcox.

Veteran captain Graham Alexander, 38, has also been handed a new role as a player-coach.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 14, 2010
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