Laws braced for hard work ahead

After succeeding Owen Coyle on January 13, Laws has had just two

weeks to assess the players at his disposal and bring in new

signings before the close of the transfer window, as well as

assembling his backroom staff. Alongside that the Clarets have had

tricky trips to champions Manchester United and Coyle’s new club

Bolton to contend with before hosting Chelsea last Saturday. With

Burnley currently 19th in the Premier League after losing all three

fixtures it has been a challenging start for Laws, but having

brought in five new signings and extended David Nugent’s loan deal,

the manager feels things are beginning to settle down. Next up for

the Clarets is a home game against fellow strugglers West Ham and

Laws sees it as the perfect time to start building some momentum in

the club’s bid for survival. “Our first game in charge (against

United) was going to be enormous for any manager,” Laws said. “It

would have been difficult for anybody, the start we have had. To

have out of the three games Chelsea and Man United, it would have

been daunting for anybody. “There was a lot of work to be done

within that period as well – not just about those games, but to

concentrate on bringing new players in. “We’ve put a lot of time

and effort in and now the window has shut, we know the work starts

now. “This game is a six-pointer, a big game for both football

clubs. West Ham won’t want to lose it, we want to win it and I

think it has all the ingredients to be an exciting game.” As well

as tying Nugent to the club until the end of the season, Laws has

recruited Frederic Nimani, Leon Cort, Nicky Weaver, Danny Fox and

Jack Cork over the last few days. The former Sheffield Wednesday

boss admits he would have liked more time for the players to adjust

to their new surroundings but is confident they will be able to

handle the relegation scrap they have been thrown into. “Bringing

in new players, everyone needs time to bed in, but we can’t give

them time unfortunately,” Laws said. “But that is where their

experience will come in handy. They’re not novices, they’re not

kids; they are players who have got games under their belts and

they know the situation quite clearly, what’s at stake here at the

football club and they are going to be part of that drive and

ambition to stay in the Premier League. “They have to hit the

ground running and while they do that, we will support them in

every way we can to make sure that the transition is quite smooth.”