LAWS: WE MUST WIN BATTLE TO STAY UP
SCUNTHORPE UNITED boss Brian Laws admits he fears relegation from League One so much he cannot even bring himself to consider the devastating implications it would have.
The Iron remain rooted in trouble in 23rd place – three points adrift of safety – after yesterday’s defeat at Tranmere and have won just three times since Laws’ return to the club for his third stint as manager in October.
The club is also in financial trouble, with record losses of just under £2million for the year ending June 2012.
And Laws, who earned promotion into the third tier during his second stint at the club in 2005, is refusing to dwell on what could happen to the club if they drop back into the basement division.
“Without question, relegation is the biggest issue of all,” the former Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley manager said..
“I dread to think what the club’s situation would be if we dropped out of the division, and about the finances as well. There are implications if we go down.
“It would cost us a lot of money and revenue again and we couldn’t afford to do that.
“It’s an important season for us. The turn of the year is going to be one of the most important periods for the club over the last decade or so.”
But the 51-year-old is not about to adopt a defeatist attitude, and he insists he believes he and his players will rise to the challenge in front of them in the coming months.
“It’s a lot of pressure but we all thrive on pressure. I do, it’s part of the game,” he added.
“We’ve got to win enough games to stay in this division, it’s that simple.
“I feel strongly that we can achieve that, as long as we stick together and keep focused on the task ahead of us.
“I’ve got good belief in myself and believe we’ve enough in the team to stay in this division.”
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