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Brian Laws wants to bring calmness to Shamrock Rovers as director of football

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 09:06 | Comments

Brian Laws in Hunky Dory Park tonight as he watched EA Sports Cup final opponent Drogheda United
Brian Laws in Hunky Dory Park tonight as he watched EA Sports Cup final opponent Drogheda United

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Brian Laws wants to bring some calmness to Shamrock Rovers after he was appointed director of football of the club on Monday.

The former Burnley boss will be in charge of first-team affairs with the Hoops, beginning with this Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final with Drogheda United.

Rovers sacked Stephen Kenny last week after seeing their Airtricity Premier Division hopes end with defeat to Bohemians, and they exited the FAI Cup against Shelbourne days later.

Salvaging something from the 2012 season is now Laws’ task and he has refused to make any commitment past the current campaign, telling RTÉ’s MNS programme that he is focused on the short-term with Rovers.

He said: "I’m honoured to be asked to come to Shamrock Rovers for the last part of the season. There is still a lot to play for. It is not over, there is a European place at stake, there is a Cup final on Saturday, there is still a lot to go yet.

"It is about coming in and calming things down. Hopefully I can change things for a positive way so we can move forward against some really good sides.

"We’ve said with the chairman that we’ll look at the short-term objectives which is to get the season out of the way and try to get into that third spot at least and maybe try to win the cup on Saturday. Beyond that, let’s wait and see.

"This is going to be new to me as well but the one thing I will be bringing to the football club is experience and knowledge and hopefully it will calm things down for a period and see if we can play good football."

Laws was recently at the club’s game in UCD amongst others and will immerse himself in footage of the Hoops in action to prepare for the coming matches.

He is adamant that a lack of detailed knowledge of the league will not be too much of a hindrance: "I’ve been a few games at Shamrock Rovers, I’ll obviously be watching a lot of DVDs over the next coming nights to familiarise myself with the players. But football is football, there is no magic formula, it is about organisation and working with football players.

"That is what i have done all my life. Whether they are Irish, Scottish or whatever, my main objective is to win games and that is what I’m hoping to achieve when I come here."

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