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Brian Laws leaves post as Sheffield Wednesday manager

Brian Laws speaking after defeat at Leicester and before losing job

Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws has left the struggling Championship club by mutual consent.

The Owls lost 3-0 at Leicester on Saturday to slip into the bottom three and have not won since 17 October.

Laws, 48, left Scunthorpe to take charge at Hillsborough in November 2006 and academy boss Sean McAuley takes temporary charge following his exit.

"We believe a change at this time can deliver fresh energy and direction," said chairman Lee Strafford.

Assistant manager Russ Wilcox and development coach John Dungworth have also left the club.

McAuley previously served as caretaker manager between October and November 2006 following the departure of Paul Sturrock and the arrival of Laws.

"Brian Laws has done a very good job at Sheffield Wednesday in the light of the low level of resources at his disposal in the first two years of his time with the club," added Strafford.

"A very positive legacy has been left by Brian in terms of the quality of the playing squad we now have at Sheffield Wednesday.

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"We will now focus our attentions on getting the right manager to help the team push up the league in the short term and make us competitive for a return to the Premier League in the long term.

"Brian has put in an immense amount of work as manager and he should be remembered for some genuine achievements on the pitch and for stabilising Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship."

The Wednesday chairman, who has ambitious plans for the club, has already made it clear he will take his time in appointing a new manager.

"We will not rush into the next permanent appointment as this will be a key appointment in terms of determining the long-term future of our club," he said.

Laws was in charge for 154 matches, winning 52, drawing 42 and lost 60.

He sounded downbeat after Saturday's defeat at Leicester, saying: "Our supporters don't deserve what they saw in the first half, our defence was all over the place.

"We have to believe we can turn this round, and I believe that we can, because the hole we are in is getting deeper."

Laws becomes the 19th Football League manager to either lose or quit his managerial position this season.

There have been five managerial changes in the Championship, with Simon Davey no longer in charge at Barnsley, Gareth Southgate sacked at Middlesbrough, Darren Ferguson out at Peterborough and Paul Strurrock relieved of his duties at Plymouth in addition to Laws.

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Leicester 3-0 Sheff Wed
12 Dec 09 |  Championship
Laws takes over as Sheff Wed boss
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