Swann: Laws decision vindicated

Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann said promotion had fully justified his decision to sack Brian Laws last season.

Laws' third spell as Iron boss came to a premature end in November following a run of two draws and three defeats that culminated in a home loss to local rivals Grimsby in the FA Cup.

Assistant boss Russ Wilcox was put in temporary charge and won his first three matches. He was made permanent manager on Christmas Eve and went on to set a new Football League record for an unbeaten run of 28 games at the start of a managerial reign.

Swann, who made a significant investment in the team after replacing Steve Wharton as chairman last summer, told the club's official website: "I talked to Brian and said, 'Look, if you're going to have all the budget prior to the season starting then I expect a bit more from the players'.

"Before the season started he got all the players he wanted, so I expected that third (automatic promotion) spot."

Swann added: "The chairman is always nervous and I was disappointed to have to sack somebody.

"Obviously we had the hiccup, and the issues where we were out of every cup and had lost to our local rivals.

"To move it on, and to get the response from Russ that we did - to get football and world records with him at the helm - is amazing for the club.

"He's written history. I'm delighted with where we've ended up."