Laws focused on reviving Iron
Brian Laws is determined to bring the good times back to
Scunthorpe as he embarks on his third stint in charge at Glanford
Laws was officially unveiled on Tuesday afternoon after being
appointed 24 hours ago, a swift move which came on the same day
Alan Knill was relieved of his duties as Iron boss.
Scunthorpe, winless in seven games, find themselves third bottom
in League One, having tasted success just twice in 15 matches this
It comes after the North Lincolnshire club only just survived
last season having found themselves back in the third tier
following relegation from the Championship.
Laws is the man charged with bringing the glory days back,
having celebrated promotions when in charge in 1999 and 2005.
“I’m excited about getting back involved with Scunthorpe, it’s
my home town and it’s a club I have close to my heart,” said
“It’s obviously on its downers and I want to come in and try to
pick them up to get out of the doldrums and out of the bottom
“It’s not pleasing to see (the position the club’s in at the
moment) and it doesn’t read well when they’ve got used to losing
rather than winning, and that’s a mentality we need to change.
“It’s important we get this as quickly as we possibly can. It’s
a difficult situation to come into, but I believe we’ve got the
players here to turn it around and that’s something we’ll be
working hard to achieve very, very quickly.
“We built our success on solid foundations and an ethos within
the football club to overachieve. We’ve always excelled ourselves
every season for the last decade, it’s gone the reversal of that
and it’s underachieving at this moment in time.
“It’s in unfamiliar territory and we need to address that as
quickly as possible.”
Laws first took charge of Scunthorpe in 1997 before being sacked
in March 2004, only to be handed his job back again three weeks
He duly delivered promotion to League One the following season
and kept Scunthorpe in the third tier before departing for
Sheffield Wednesday in 2006.
Laws has most recently enjoyed a short stint as director of
football at Irish club Shamrock Rovers but, despite their desire to
keep hold of his services, he was determined to return to
And he admits he held talks with fellow League One club
Hartlepool over their current vacancy before the Iron came calling
over the weekend.
“I had spoken to Hartlepool,” Laws said. “It’s been one of those
where I was looking to get back into work but I think it’s all
“The fact Steve Wharton (the Scunthorpe chairman) rang me
Saturday evening to speak to me on Sunday altered that situation,
and the fact my wife has been working here (at the club’s study
centre) for the last 20 years will tell you that she’d kill me if I
was to go anywhere else.”