Scunthorpe United have comfirmed the appointment of Brian Laws as their new manager with effect from Tuesday.

The 51-year-old was until last Friday temporary director of football with Shamrock Rovers - a position he assumed following the sacking of Stephen Kenny as Hoops manager on 9 October.

Laws, who previously managed Scunthorpe in two terms between 1997 and 2006 takes over from Aln Knill who was dismissed following last weekend's defeat to the MK Dons. Russ Wilcox will be his assistant at Glanford Park.

A statement from the board of Scunthorpe United expressed delight at Laws' return as manager and their belief that he is the man to restore confidence to the squad.

Scunthorpe have lost five of their last seven matches in npower League One.

Shamrock Rovers also issued a statement in the aftermath of Laws' departure from the club in which they thanked him for his contribution over the last six weeks.