Former Sheff Wed boss Brian Laws in for Pools job

Brian Laws
Brian Laws

FORMER Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws looks set to emerge as one of the leading contenders for the vacant managerial position at Hartlepool United.

Pools chairman Ken Hodcroft will today assess all of the applications for the post, including that of Laws.

The 51-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Championship club Burnley 12 months ago.

He was previously in charge of Wednesday between 2006 and 2009 and enjoyed two stints as the boss of Scunthorpe United.

Indeed, with pressure mounting on current Iron boss Alan Knill, Laws could well be interested in a return to Glanford Park should that position become available.

But we understand the Newcastle-born former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest star has applied for the Pools job and should feature on the club’s shortlist given his experience and knowledge of the region.

Another with North-East connections who is thought to be interested is former Newcastle United striker Mark McGhee.

He was axed by Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen just over a year ago and the 54-year-old is said to be keen on a return to England.

Pools chief Hodcroft gave an update on the managerial search in the matchday programme prior to Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Colchester United.

He wrote: “With regards to a replacement for Mick (Wadsworth), the club has received many applications and we will be reviewing them over the next few days to enable a way forward to be planned.”