29 December, 2010

Managerial Merry-Go-Round continues apace with Burnley laying down the Laws to Brian and Preston P45 for Darren Ferguson:

The nPower Championship has seen two managerial casualties today with the news that Burnley's Brian Laws and Preston North End's Darren Ferguson have been relieved of their duties.

At a board meeting of Preston North End, it was revealed that Darren Ferguson (pictured left) would no longer be needed by the Lancashire club. Ferguson took over in January and led the club to Championship safety in his first four months in charge. However, this season saw a nose-dive in fortunes, with Preston rooted to the foot of the table, some five points adrift of safety as we enter 2011.

Brian Laws, like Ferguson, also took over at Burnley in January of this year, after Owen Coyle had left for Bolton. Laws (pictured right) could not prevent Burnley from being relegated from the Premier League. However, he had seemed to consolidate the club in the Championship and he left the club with them just two points off the play-offs. Laws can consider himself a little unlucky to be let go, as Burnley have had a decent start to the season. However, no manager can consider themselves as unlucky to have been fired as Ireland's Chris Hughton (pictured left) who was sacked by Newcastle United a week before Christmas. Hughton guided Newcastle to promotion to the Premier League in his first season on Tyneside and had the club sitting comfortably in 11th place in the Premier League when he was relieved of his managerial duties! Top-flight football management is indeed a harsh world.

Hughton in his playing hey-day

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