Lee Bullen is a Scottish football player and coach. In a career that has spanned more than 20 years, Bullen has played football professionally in Scotland, Australia and Hong Kong. Having started his career as a striker, Bullen converted to defence midway through his career, has been used in various other positions. Lee was named as Sheffield Wednesday's greatest captain on a prostatecanceruk.org poll. Bullen started his career in Scotland with Dunfermline Athletic, but failed to make an appearance before moving to Penicuik Athletic, a Junior Football team. Bullen spent time at Meadowbank Thistle and Whitburn. After failing to become an established player at a professional club in Scotland, Bullen moved to Australia to pursue his footballing career, playing for CYC Stanmore and Wollongong Wolves. During his time in Australia, Bullen was scouted by a Hong Kong football club, Kui Tan, he made the switch to Hong Kong, he played in the Hong Kong Football League for 4 seasons in total, moving from Kui Tan to Golden on to South China.
On 26 May 1996, Bullen played for a Hong Kong XI side in an unofficial friendly against England in their build up to Euro 96. In 1998 Bullen spent 2 years at Kalamata in the Greek Football League. In 2000 at the age of 29, Bullen returned to Scotland. Bullen spent five years at the Scottish club. After leading Dunfermline to the Scottish Cup Final, Bullen moved to English club Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer in the summer of 2004, he became an integral part of their play-off push after making his debut on 7 August in a 3–0 defeat on the opening day of the season at Hillsborough against Colchester United and scoring his first goal the next game on 10 August, away at Blackpool to lead the team to a 2–1 victory. In November 2005 the Captain's armband was passed onto him by Chris Marsden, forced into retirement by injury. Bullen finished his first season in Sheffield with seven league goals. During his time at Sheffield Wednesday he played in all eleven positions for the Owls, including memorably in goal away at Millwall, received The Wash & Go good sport award for his efforts.
In January 2008, Bullen was informed by Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws that he would not have his contract renewed upon its expiry at the end of the 2007–08 season. Bullen's final appearance for Sheffield Wednesday came in a crucial relegation battle against Leicester City on the penultimate game of the season which the Owls won 3–1, an injury sustained in this game denied him an appearance for the last match of the season versus Norwich City on 4 May 2008 and a chance to play at Hillsborough for the last time, he did however appear in the end of season lap-of-honour and received a spectacular reception from the fans. Bullen was given a Guard of honour by his Wednesday team mates as he left the pitch for the final time. In May 2008, Bullen joined Scottish Premier League side Falkirk on a two-year deal. Bullen became an assistant coach at Falkirk, he scored his only goal for Falkirk in a 2–0 win over Hamilton Academical in November 2009. He left Falkirk in October 2011 to move to Sheffield.
In 2011, Bullen signed a deal to become a youth coach at his former club Sheffield Wednesday and was given the post of development squad head coach. In October 2015, he was promoted to the position of assistant manager at the club, working on first team coaching and organisation alongside head coach Carlos Carvalhal. Following the dismissal of Carvalhal on 24 December 2017, Bullen took temporary charge of the first team. Bullen once again took temporary charge of the first team on 21 December 2018, following the dismissal of Jos Luhukay. On 2 January 2019, Steve Bruce was appointed as the new manager of the club. Sheffield Wednesday announced; as of match played 1 January 2019 Instant-Dict Hong Kong First Division League: 1997–98Sheffield Wednesday Football League One play-offs: 2005Individual Good Sport Award: Lee Bullen at Soccerbase Lee Bullen at ESPN FC
The FA Cup known as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football. First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest national football competition in the world, it is named after The Football Association. For sponsorship reasons, from 2015 through to 2019 it is known as The Emirates FA Cup. A concurrent women's tournament is held, the FA Women's Cup; the competition is open to any eligible club down to Level 10 of the English football league system – all 92 professional clubs in the Premier League and the English Football League, several hundred "non-league" teams in Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System. A record 763 clubs competed in 2011–12; the tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the final. Entrants are not seeded, although a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in rounds – the minimum number of games needed to win, depending on which round a team enters the competition, ranges from six to fourteen.
The first six rounds are the Qualifying Competition, from which 32 teams progress to the first round of the Competition Proper, meeting the first of the 48 professional teams from Leagues One and Two. The last entrants are the Premier League and Championship clubs, into the draw for the Third Round Proper. In the modern era, only one non-league team has reached the quarter-finals, teams below Level 2 have never reached the final; as a result, significant focus is given to those "minnows" who progress furthest if they achieve an unlikely "giant-killing" victory. Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have been five actual cups. Winners qualify for the Europa League and a place in the FA Community Shield match. Chelsea are the current holders. Arsenal are the most successful club with 13 titles. Arsène Wenger is the most successful manager in the history of the competition, having won seven finals as manager of Arsenal. In 1863, the newly founded Football Association published the Laws of the Game of Association Football, unifying the various different rules in use before then.
On 20 July 1871, in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, the FA Secretary C. W. Alcock proposed to the FA committee that "it is desirable that a Challenge Cup should be established in connection with the Association for which all clubs belonging to the Association should be invited to compete"; the inaugural FA Cup tournament kicked off in November 1871. After thirteen games in all, Wanderers were crowned the winners in the final, on 16 March 1872. Wanderers retained the trophy the following year; the modern cup was beginning to be established by the 1888–89 season, when qualifying rounds were introduced. Following the 1914–15 edition, the competition was suspended due to the First World War, did not resume until 1919–20; the 1922–23 competition saw the first final to be played in the newly opened Wembley Stadium. Due to the outbreak of World War II, the competition was not played between the 1938–39 and 1945–46 editions. Due to the wartime breaks, the competition did not celebrate its centenary year until 1980–81.
Having featured replays, the modern day practice of ensuring the semi-final and final matches finish on the day, was introduced from 2000 onwards. Redevelopment of Wembley saw the final played outside of England for the first time, the 2001–2006 finals being played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff; the final returned to Wembley in 2007, followed by the semi-finals from 2008. The competition is open to any club down to Level 10 of the English football league system which meets the eligibility criteria. All clubs in the top four levels are automatically eligible. Clubs in the next six levels are eligible provided they have played in either the FA Cup, FA Trophy or FA Vase competitions in the previous season. Newly formed clubs, such as F. C. United of Manchester in 2005–06 and 2006–07, may not therefore play in the FA Cup in their first season. All clubs entering the competition must have a suitable stadium, it is rare for top clubs to miss the competition, although it can happen in exceptional circumstances.
Manchester United did not defend their title in 1999–2000, as they were in the inaugural Club World Championship. The club stated that entering both tournaments would overload their fixture schedule and make it more difficult to defend their Champions League and Premier League titles; the club claimed. The move benefited United as they received a two-week break and won the 1999–2000 league title by an 18-point margin, although they did not progress past the group stage of the Club World Championship; the withdrawal from the FA Cup, drew considerable criticism as this weakened the tournament's prestige and Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his regret regarding their handling of the situation. Welsh sides that play in English leagues are eligible, although since the creation of the League of Wales there are only six clubs remaining: Cardiff City, Swansea City, Newport County, Merthyr Town and Colwyn Bay. In the early years other teams from Wales, Ireland a
Ronald Frederick Atkinson known as Big Ron, is an English former football player and manager. In the 1990s and early 2000s, he was one of Britain's best-known football pundits, he spent his playing career at Oxford United. As a manager, he won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and 1985 and the Football League Cup with Sheffield Wednesday in 1991 and Aston Villa in 1994. Atkinson, born in Liverpool but moved to Warwickshire shortly after his birth, did not achieve great heights in his playing career. After beginning his career as a ground staff boy at Wolverhampton Wanderers, he was signed by Aston Villa from works team BSA Tools at the age of 17, but never played a first-team match for them, he has referred to Villa coach Jimmy Hogan as his biggest influence. He was transferred to Oxford United in the summer of 1959 on a free transfer. There he played alongside his younger brother Graham Atkinson, he went on to make over 500 appearances in all competitions as a wing-half for the club, earning, in his playing days the nickname: "The Tank", scoring a total of 14 goals.
He was United's captain through their rise from the Southern League to the Second Division, achieved in only six years from 1962 to 1968, an impressive achievement. He was the first footballer to captain a club from the Southern League through three divisions of the Football League. After retiring from playing, Atkinson became manager player of non-league Kettering Town in 1971, aged only 32, his success there led to a move to the league with Cambridge United, going on to win the Fourth Division in 1977 and leaving them when they were on the verge of promotion to the Second Division. At the start of 1978, Atkinson moved to manage First Division West Bromwich Albion, he soon signed black player Brendon Batson from his former club, to play alongside the black pair of Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis. Never before had a team in the top division of English football fielded three black players on a regular basis. Atkinson led West Bromwich Albion to third place in the league in the season 1978–79 and to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.
On 30 December 1978 they achieved a famous 5–3 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. The club were second in the table at the time, only beaten off top spot from Liverpool by goal difference, they finished fourth in 1981, shortly after this Atkinson became manager of Manchester United on the dismissal of Dave Sexton. Atkinson was seen as the man who could bring the spark to Manchester United, so sorely lacking under his predecessor. Dave Sexton had taken them to second place in the league in 1980 but did not win a major trophy in his four years at the club. United had finished eighth in the season before Atkinson's appointment, Atkinson had missed out of the chance of overseeing a UEFA Cup campaign by departing from Albion and taking over at United. In the 1981–82 season, United finished third in the First Division, to qualify for the UEFA Cup, though for much of the season they were one of several teams who topped the table before a late surge from Liverpool saw Bob Paisley's team seal the title.
Early in the season he had paid a national record £1.5 million for Bryan Robson from his old club West Bromwich Albion, shortly afterwards added midfielder Remi Moses and Arsenal striker Frank Stapleton to his ranks. He gave a debut to promising young forward Norman Whiteside in April 1982, just before the player's 17th birthday. In the 1982–83 season, two appearances at Wembley, one of, an FA Cup victory against Brighton & Hove Albion, coupled with another third-place finish in the league, fuelled speculation that United were back in a big way. During the first half of the season, they had topped the league more than once but a storming run of form by Liverpool beginning before Christmas meant that the title headed for Anfield for the second year running. 1982–83 saw the breakthrough of young Norman Whiteside as one of the best performing players in the First Division. Whiteside was on the scoresheet for the FA Cup final replay as United beat Brighton 4–0 after drawing the first game 2–2. In the 1983–84 season, Atkinson's side reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup although their defence of the FA Cup ended at the first hurdle with a shock 2–0 defeat at Third Division Bournemouth.
They finished fourth in the league, having topped the table at several stages once again, before injuries to key players counted against them and they dropped points. The end of the season saw the sale of key midfielder Ray Wilkins to A. C. Milan of Italy for £1.5 million, while the duration of the season had seen the breakthrough of young striker Mark Hughes. Rather than plunge into the transfer market for a big name, Atkinson shifted Norman Whiteside into midfield to fill the gap left by Wilkins and allowed Hughes to form a partnership with the experienced Frank Stapleton. In the 1984–85 season, United again won the FA Cup; however and his team were denied the chance of another European Cup Winners Cup campaign as the Heysel disaster at the European Cup final that year resulted in an indefinite ban on all English clubs in European competitions. In the 1985–86 season, they won their first 10 games of the league season and were unbeaten after their first 15 games to build a comfortable lead at the top of the table that lasted into the new year.
However, their form tailed off badly and they again finished fourth, with Liverpool finishing the season as league champions. With the ban on English clubs in European competitions continuing, there was not the consolation of a UEFA Cup place. United's ti
1919–20 in English football
The 1919–1920 season was the 45th season of competitive football in England, the first following the end of World War I. Notes = Number in parentheses is the times. * indicates new record for competition Following the War The Football League grew from 40 to 44 teams. The failure of Glossop to be re-elected to the league meant. A resurrected Stoke, along with Coventry City, South Shields, Rotherham County and West Ham United joined the Second Division. Six of the seven players banned for their involvement in the 1915 British football betting scandal were re-instated in recognition of their service to the country during World War I. Sandy Turnbull's re-instatement was posthumous. Enoch West, who had fought his ban more vigorously than the others, was denied re-instatement. * Leeds City were expelled from the league after 8 games. P = Matches played.
Jos Luhukay is a Dutch football manager for FC St. Pauli and former midfielder, he began his career at the age of 15 at his hometown club VVV-Venlo. In 1989, he went to play at SVV Schiedam, where he stayed until 1991. After playing for RKC Waalwijk from 1991 until 1993, he left his homeland for Germany, where he had two stints at SV Straelen, in-between playing for KFC Uerdingen from 1995 to 1996. At KFC Uerdingen, Luhukay played two games in the Bundesliga. In 1998, he quit his active career at SV Straelen. Jos Luhukay always played as midfielder. Just one month after the end of his career as a player, he became the manager at SV Straelen. Two years he went to KFC Uerdingen again and in 2002 he was hired as an assistant coach at Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln. In 2005, he became manager at 2. Bundesliga team SC Paderborn 07, finishing the 2005–06 season in 9th place, he resigned there on 11 August 2006. On 2 January 2007, he was hired by Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach as assistant manager to Jupp Heynckes.
Heynckes resigned shortly after on 31 January 2007 following a run of 13 games without a win, leaving Luhukay to take over. Luhukay was unable to save Gladbach from relegation, they finished the 2007–08 season in 18th position in the Bundesliga. In his first full season in charge, Luhukay guided Gladbach to an immediate return to the top flight, finishing the season as 2. Bundesliga as champions with 66 points. On 5 October 2008, Luhukay was sacked with the team 18th in the table. On 23 March 2009, Luhukay signed with FC Augsburg as manager, with a view to taking over on 1 July that summer. Following the sacking of Holger Fach on 15 April 2009, Luhukay stepped into the managerial role earlier than planned. In his first full season in charge, Luhukay guided Augsburg to 3rd position in the 2. Bundesliga where they met Nürnberg in the play-offs, losing 3–0 on aggregate and missing out on promotion. During this season, Augsburg reached the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal, where they lost 2–0 to Werder Bremen.
The following season, Augsburg won promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, finishing 2nd in the league. In their first season in the top flight, Augsburg finished 14th. Luhukay resigned after the final league match of the 2011–12 season after just over 3 years in charge. On 17 May 2012, Luhukay became the new manager of Hertha BSC, he took over coaching duties on 1 July 2012. In his first game in charge on 3 August 2012, Hertha drew 2–2 with Luhukay's former club Paderborn 07. In the 2012–13 season, Hertha broke the record for the most points in a 2. Bundesliga season, winning promotion back to the top flight as league champions with 76 points, they reached the quarter final of the DFB-Pokal. In Luhukay's second season with Hertha, they finished 11th in the Bundesliga. On 5 February 2015, Hertha sacked Luhukay, naming Pál Dárdai as replacement along with assistant Rainer Widmayer. Hertha were 17th in the table at the time, they finished 15th, avoiding the relegation play-off on goal difference.
On 17 May 2016, he was appointed as the new head coach of VfB Stuttgart. After conflicts with club chairman Jan Schindelmeiser, Luhukay resigned as the coach of VfB Stuttgart with immediate effect on 15 September 2016, he had a record of three wins, no draws, two losses. On 5 January 2018, Luhukay was announced as the new manager of Sheffield Wednesday, replacing Carlos Carvalhal. Becoming the Owls' 33rd manager, Luhukay became the first Dutch, only the second non-British manager of the club. Luhukay's first match in charge of the club was an away match against local rivals Sheffield United, which ended in a goalless draw and saw the Owls go down to ten men following the dismissal of club captain Glenn Loovens, his first victory as manager came on 16 January 2018, when Sheffield Wednesday defeated Carlisle United 2–0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay. Luhukay's first victory in the league came on 13 February 2018, when Sheffield Wednesday defeated Derby County 2–0 at Hillsborough. On 21 December 2018, Luhukay was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday after a run of only 1 win and 7 defeats in 10 games with the team sitting 18th in the table.
On 10 April 2019, Luhukay was announced as the new manager of FC St. Pauli, replacing Markus Kauczinski; as of matches played on 15 December 2018 Borussia Mönchengladbach 2. Bundesliga Champions: 2007–08FC Augsburg 2. Bundesliga Runners-up: 2010–11Hertha BSC 2. Bundesliga Champions: 2012–13University of Utrecht Extended Project Qualification – The Success of Dutch Managers in the English Second Tier Football: 1998–99
Trevor John Francis is a former footballer who played as a forward, with most games for Birmingham City. Throughout his playing career, he played for several clubs in England, had spells in the United States and Scotland, he became England's first £1 million player following his transfer from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in 1979, won two consecutive European Cups with the club in 1979 and 1980. At international level, he played for England 52 times between 1976 and 1986, scoring 12 goals, played at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Between 1988 and 2003 he was a football manager, most notably with Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City. Francis was born in Plymouth and educated at Plymouth's Public Secondary School for Boys, he was joined Birmingham City as a schoolboy. Francis rose in status, making his debut for Birmingham City's first team in 1970, aged just 16, his talent was noted when, before his 17th birthday, he scored four goals in a match against Bolton Wanderers. He ended his first season with 15 goals from just 22 games.
In the 1970s, Birmingham City reached the occasional domestic semi-final but failed to make a great impact in the First Division championship, so the ability and achievements of Francis were made more noticeable as a result. On 30 October 1976, he scored one of Birmingham's most famous goals, when he turned away from the touchline and cut inside four Queens Park Rangers defenders being forced backwards, before unleashing a 25-yard shot which caught the goalkeeper off guard. Francis negotiated a secondment from Birmingham in 1978 to play for the Detroit Express in the North American Soccer League, where he scored 22 goals in 19 league matches and was named to the NASL first XI alongside Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia before returning home to the Midlands. However, in February 1979 came the moment which would define his career and leave his name permanently in football folklore. Nottingham Forest, the reigning First Division champions and League Cup holders managed by Brian Clough, put in a bid for Francis which totalled just over £1 million.
No player had been sold between English clubs for a seven-figure fee before, the deal was sealed, with Francis famously being introduced to the media by a manager impatient to play squash – Clough was in his red gym kit and carrying a racquet as he addressed the press conference. While recognised as the first British million-pound player, the actual transfer fee for the player was £1,150,000, including 15% commission to the Football League. Clough wrote in his autobiography that the fee was £999,999, as he wanted to ensure the million-pound milestone did not go to the player's head, although Francis says, a tongue-in-cheek remark by Clough. Nottingham Forest retained the League Cup shortly afterwards, made progress in the European Cup to the extent that they reached the semi-finals, at which point Francis was permitted by registration rules to take part, they won their semi-final, in May 1979 Forest took on Swedish club Malmö in the final in Munich, a major instalment of the huge investment money was repaid just before half time.
The ball was spread to Forest's lugubrious but skilful winger John Robertson wide on the left and he took on two defenders at once to reach the byline and curl an awkward, outswinging cross towards the far post. Francis had begun to sprint into position, but so he had to increase his pace in order to reach the cross as it dropped, ended up throwing himself low at the ball, he connected with the ball diverted powerfully into the roof of the net. Forest won the match 1–0 and footage of the goal was used in the opening titles to Match of the Day for some years afterwards. A giant picture of Francis stooping to head the ball remains on display in the main entrance and reception area of Forest's City Ground stadium. Though the season ended there, Francis duly headed back to Detroit for another summer playing in the NASL, where once again he was named to the first XI alongside Johan Cruyff and Giorgio Chinaglia, despite playing only half the season. In his brief NASL career, Francis scored 36 goals in 33 regular season matches and had 18 assists, placing him one spot ahead of Pelé on the all-time scoring list, despite playing 23 fewer games.
Francis arguably did not achieve his full potential as a Forest player. This may be due to Clough playing Francis on the right wing, rather than in his preferred position as a central attacker, he was in the side which lost the 1980 League Cup Final to Wolverhampton Wanderers, but missed the European Cup Final against Hamburg due to an injury to his Achilles tendon. Somehow the success of his Forest career never quite reflected his huge fee: he scored only 14 league goals in the 1979–80 season and 6 in the next 18 games that he played for Forest. Although still a regular for England – his Achilles injury prevented him being in the squad for the 1980 European Championships – his scoring record in club football was not spectacular; the injury kept Francis out of the game for over six months. He was sold to this time for £ 1.2 million. The deal caused behind-the-scenes friction at Manchester City. During negotiations City chairman Peter Swales informed manager John Bond that the club could not afford the transfer fee.
Bond issued an ultimatum: if Francis did not sign, Bond would resign. Francis made a promising start at the club, scoring two goals against Stoke City on his debut, but over the course of the season he was injured. In total he scored 12 goals in 26 games and made the England squad for the 1982 Worl
Brian Laws is an English former footballer, most the manager of Scunthorpe United. Playing as a defender, Laws made over 100 appearances for each of Burnley and Nottingham Forest. In 1994, Laws became player-manager of Grimsby Town before taking a similar position with Scunthorpe United in 1997. For the next nine years, Laws served as manager of Scunthorpe. In 2006, he accepted the managerial role at Sheffield Wednesday, lasting three years in the job during which time Burnley approached him for their managers job when Steve Cotterill left, but were put off by the compensation demanded by Wednesday. Wednesday struggled with financial problems and he was dismissed in December 2009 after a poor run of results. After only a brief spell out of the game, Burnley appointed Laws as their manager, giving him his first chance to manage in the Premier League after Owen Coyle left the club for Bolton in January 2010 and took the entire management team with him, he was dismissed by the club in December that year.
Laws returned to manage Scunthorpe United in 2012 only to be dismissed in November 2013. Born in Wallsend, Laws began playing football at the famous Wallsend Boys Club. Aged 17 he signed his first professional contract with Burnley. Over the following four seasons he made 181 appearances for the club and, despite his defensive role, scored fifteen goals. However, during this period the club's fortunes were in decline and, following relegation back to the old Third Division, Burnley sold Laws across the Pennines to Huddersfield Town for only £10,000 in 1983. Two years Laws was sold again, moving to Middlesbrough for £30,000. After a short period Laws became first choice in Middlesbrough's starting eleven, in his three seasons at the club he twice helped the team to promotion, firstly to the Second Division and just a year up to the old First Division. However, the club's finances were not strong, when Nottingham Forest offered £120,000 for his contract in 1988 Middlesbrough sold him to the Trentside club.
On 14 July 1986, he famously applied to the Football League to have his contract cancelled and enable himself to leave Middlesbrough on a free transfer, as they were in liquidation and on the verge of losing their Football League status and going out of business at this stage. However, they were saved from closure the following month and Laws remained part of the team who won promotion in the next two seasons to take them from the Third Division to the First. Laws was part of Brian Clough's successful Nottingham Forest team for six seasons, playing as right full-back, he is sometimes credited as Forest's second-best right-back of all time behind regular England international Viv Anderson. During this time he was runner up in the League Cup and FA Cup. Clough's first words to his new signing were "I've never seen you play, son, I'm going on the recommendation of Ronnie Fenton. So if you're crap, Ronnie signed you. If you're good, I signed you."Laws was at Forest at the time of the Hillsborough disaster in the 1988-89 FA Cup semi final.
The scheduled fixture had to be abandoned early in the game due to fans being fatally crushed in the Leppings Lane terracing. In the rescheduled fixture, Laws scored an own goal. Forest were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 1992–93 season and Clough retired, a year and a half and with reduced first team opportunities, Laws left on a free transfer to become player-manager at Grimsby Town. Laws started his management career at Grimsby Town in 1994, replacing Alan Buckley who had moved to West Bromwich Albion. Laws' management of Town was successful, but deteriorated after he clashed with Grimsby player Ivano Bonetti. Laws threw a plate of chicken wings at the Italian following a 3–2 defeat at Luton Town in February 1996. Laws was dismissed by Grimsby after a poor start to the 96–97 season, he had a short spell as a player with Darlington before taking charge of Scunthorpe United. At Scunthorpe Laws achieved promotion twice, in 2005 respectively, he was dismissed by the club in March 2004 but was reinstated three weeks leading them to promotion the following season.
After nearly 10 years at Scunthorpe Laws left the club in November 2006 to take over the manager's job at Sheffield Wednesday. Ex-Wednesday chairman Dave Allen, in an interview made before hiring Laws, admitted that he liked him because of his Brian Clough management style, he said "I like him, he comes from the Clough camp, I'm a great admirer of the Clough camp". On 7 February 2009, Laws became the first Sheffield Wednesday Manager for 95 years to do the league double over their neighbours Sheffield United, therefore making sure his name goes down in Wednesday history. Laws however came under increasing pressure from Wednesday fans to depart at the start of December, after a poor run of results which saw the Owls drop to 20th along with four straight home defeats. Laws left Sheffield Wednesday on 13 December 2009 by mutual consent after a run of bad results. Sheffield Wednesday were relegated in 2010 after failing to win in their last game against Crystal Palace. In January 2010, Laws was linked with a surprise return to his first club Burnley as manager, this following the departure of Owen Coyle to Bolton Wanderers.
On 13 January, Laws was appointed as the new manager of Burnley. They lost 15 of their remaining 18 Premier League games, plummeting from mid table in January to the relegation zone. Despite this setback, the Burnley board of directors agreed that Laws would be in charge of the team for the quest to regain top flight s