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Burnley want manager Brian Laws to stay at Turf Moor

Brian Laws
Laws has won just three league games this season

Burnley chairman Barry Kilby says he expects Brian Laws to remain as manager of the club despite their relegation from the Premier League.

Laws has lost 14 of his 17 games since taking over from Owen Coyle at Turf Moor in January.

"We will sit down at the end of the season and discuss Brian's plans and our plans," Kilby told BBC 5 Live.

"It's a two-way conversation but Brian is our manager and I've no plans to change that."

Burnley's 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday means they will return to the Championship after just one season in the top flight.

But a defiant Laws said after the defeat: "Yes I will be here next season. I'm looking forward to next season.

"We will take stock and hopefully do a West Brom and bounce straight back."

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West Brom won promotion back to the Premier League earlier this month having been relegated to the Championship last season.

Burnley followed West Brom's model in the summer, refusing to spend above their means, cushioning the financial blow of relegation.

They spent very little before the start of the season, with Steven Fletcher's £3m arrival from Hibernian their biggest acquisition.

Brian Easton arrived from Hamilton for £350,000 with Tyrone Mears signed from Derby for £500,000 while Richard Eckersley (Man Utd - undisclosed) and David Edgar (Newcastle - tribunal) were further additions.

It is in stark contrast to Portsmouth who also move down to England's second tier next season and Hull who require a mathematical miracle to stay up.

Pompey are in administration and have debts of £119m while Hull also reportedly have financial problems and now face a cash shortfall of around £21m following their relegation.

But Kilby is buoyed by the example of West Brom and hopes his club can follow their example.

"Obviously, after getting to the Premier League after 33 years, it hurts a little bit that that we've gone down after just a year," said Kilby.

"We were determined that if we did go down we would go down strong, that's what we've tried to do. We will have another crack and try and get back into the Premier League.

"West Brom have been a good model for us, you can't bet the ranch on these things, and if we can get back up we will be stronger for it.

"We intend to be back and we'll have a good chance. We are free of debt, have a good wage bill and will give it a good crack."

Laws took over on 13 January and his first game was a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. At the time the Clarets were in 15th position but Laws won only two games, as the club were relegated.

Laws looks to bounce back from relegation

Burnley's boss arrived at Turf Moor a free agent after he parted company with Sheffield Wednesday in December. Wednesday have too endured a dismal season in the Championship and are in the relegation zone with one match remaining.

Laws has also faced internal problems at Burnley during his time at the club with reports of dressing room unrest, with out-of-favour midfielder Joey Gudjonsson claiming earlier in April that the manager had lost the support of the dressing room.

There were also newspaper reports that Laws had a bust up with striker Robbie Blake after he was substituted during the 6-1 defeat by Manchester City in April.

Laws also fined midfielder Kevin McDonald for leaving Turf Moor without permission at half-time during that game.

Despite his poor record Laws is confident he will take charge of the club in the Championship next season and that they will be well placed to bounce back. He also revealed the torment the Burnley players were feeling following the confirmation of their relegation.

"Financially we will be one the of the strongest sides in the Championship," said Laws

"We've had the lowest budget in the Premier League and nearly did the impossible."

"There has been a lot of financial mismanagement in the Premier League but, like West Brom, we didn't throw money at it."

Laws added: "No-one can explain how you feel. It is one of those feelings you get in the gut of stomach and it is not very nice; supporters will be feeling it because it [their Premier League stay] has come to an end.

"You can't console the players. They are as hurt as anyone else. It is the final nail in the coffin and it is a horrible feeling.

"But they have to reflect and say, under that horrible feeling, they have to be proud of themselves at what they have achieved because getting into the Premier League was a magnificent achievement.

"Over the 12 months I'm sure many people will reflect and say we didn't deserve to stay in the Premier League."



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see also
Burnley 0-4 Liverpool
25 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Laws lifted after 'hardest week'
10 Apr 10 |  Burnley
Laws dismisses Blake row report
08 Apr 10 |  Burnley
Burnley fine McDonald for walkout
06 Apr 10 |  Burnley
Burnley appoint Laws as new boss
13 Jan 10 |  Burnley
Sheff Wed part company with Laws
13 Dec 09 |  Sheff Wed


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