Laws declares his Pompey interest

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Brian Laws has joined the list of Pompey manager contenders.

But Lee Clark has rubbished talk linking him with the Fratton hot seat.

Laws is the latest name to confirm his interest in the vacant role.

The 49-year-old was axed as Burnley boss in January.

He was replaced by Eddie Howe – another to have been mentioned as Steve Cotterill’s replacement.

Now Laws is among more than 50 applicants to have put themselves forward.

They include Mark Robins, Aidy Boothroyd, Mark McGhee and bookies’ favourite Sean O’Driscoll.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also been linked.

Laws has impressed with small budgets at Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday.

He told The News: ‘I have shown interest in the Portsmouth the job.

‘But that is as much as I will say at the moment.’

Laws’ emergence as a candidate comes at a time when Clark appears to be out of the running.

The Huddersfield boss has come out to publicly dismiss leaving the League One outfit.

Leicester have also been linked with the 39-year-old who has impressed with The Terriers.

In our recent poll of potential managers, he was Pompey fans’ overwhelming choice.

But Clark has insisted he is not seeking to walk out on the second-placed side.

He said: ‘I’m not applying for any job.

‘I’m a Huddersfield manager, working for a fantastic man and a fantastic board.

‘Whether it’s just to fill areas in newspapers, I don’t know, but there has certainly not been any contact with me or my representatives.

‘I’m here – I’ve never heard anything about any other job and that’s the way it is.’

Dave Jones, Billy Davies and Steve McClaren have also been ruled out.

Davies and McClaren have not even expressed an interest in the job.

Although, Kit Symons has spoken of his willingness to be part of any Pompey managerial set-up.

He has been mentioned as part of a potential double act with Chris Coleman.

As for Laws, he fits Lampitt’s preference for having extensive Championship experience.

What’s more, the former Nottingham Forest player is known for favouring attractive football.

He spent almost 10 years at Scunthorpe, twice leading them to promotion.

Laws then went to Sheffield Wednesday, taking them to ninth with the third-lowest budget in the Championship.

In January 2010 he became manager of Burnley in the wake of Owen Coyle’s departure for Bolton.

However, he couldn’t keep the Clarets in the Premier League.

The following season he was dismissed in January, despite the club standing in eighth – just two points off the play-offs.