New Owls boss Laws relishing 'massive challenge'

November 6, 2006

New Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws does not expect to make too many changes after taking on the 'massive challenge' of getting the club back in the Premiership.

The 45-year-old, who admitted to having sleepless nights over ending his 10-year spell at Scunthorpe, has signed a three-year contract at Hillsborough and has been given two-and-a-half years by club chairman Dave Allen to get the Owls back in the top flight.

Previous manager Paul Sturrock was sacked in September just one month after signing a new three-year contract, following a poor start to the season.

But the ambitious Laws, who sought assurances from the board that he would have their full backing before taking on the job, is convinced Sheffield Wednesday is the right club for him.

'It's a massive challenge,' said Laws, who becomes Wednesday's eighth manager in 10 years. 'But it's one I'm ready for.

'I've done my time and served my apprenticeship. It's been 10 years of hard work, enjoyable work, waiting for an opportunity to get to the top in my profession.

'The time is right for me and the time is right for Sheffield Wednesday to work in partnership and take this club forward.

'Sheffield Wednesday are a massive club. They have had difficult times over the last few seasons, the supporters have had some difficult times, but the potential is there to get back and there are not many clubs that can do that.

'With the backing of the directors and the chairman himself over the next coming seasons we will be showing progress, and that's the most important thing.'

Laws conceded it was a huge wrench to walk away from Scunthorpe whom he twice led to promotion.

'It's been a big, big decision,' Laws added.

'I've spent a quarter of my life at Scunthorpe. I've had sleepless nights. Scunthorpe are a great club going in the right direction and we built that over time slowly but surely without any money.'

Laws said he had done his homework on the Owls current playing squad and that he was inheriting some talented players.

'They have been passing the ball well and have looked a good side. Winning games breeds confidence.

'At the moment they are in confident mood so there's no need for me to come in and start making drastic changes.

'I'm going to sit back and enjoy them playing good football and gradually put my input into the team.

'There's no need to do anything drastic and change it because it's not broken.'

Chairman Allen said previous boss Paul Sturrock was sacked because he was no longer taking the club forward.

'We don't fire managers for the fun of it, but it's all about success,' he said.

'The reason Brian is here is because we did not see year-on-year progress.

'Last year we were languishing about in the bottom six and for the first quarter of this season we were languishing in the bottom three or four.

'So that wasn't progress at all and it's why I came to the conclusion that we had to make a change in order to go forward.'

Allen said he would provide any money needed for new players out of his own pocket.