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Cherries: Laws insists under-fire Groves won't panic
BRIAN Laws has backed Paul Groves to emerge stronger from his Goldsands Stadium nightmare, insisting the Cherries boss will not push the panic button.
Groves has come under increasing pressure from a section of supporters after presiding over just one win from 10 games so far this season - despite the Dorset club having spent big money in a bid to realise chairman Eddie Mitchell ’s Championship dream Many travelling supporters called for Groves’s head as Cherries were thumped 4-0 at Swindon on Saturday, but Mitchell yesterday told the Echo that his under-fire boss would not be sacked.
And Laws, who managed Groves at both Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United, believes the 46-year-old can improve his wretched record since replacing Lee Bradbury in March.
Laws, a League Cup winner with Nottingham Forest in 1989 and 1990, told the Echo: “One thing that you have in management is rough times as well as the good times.
“Most managers will experience that because it can’t be |good all the time, but it is |about how you manage those situations and how well you take criticism.
“I’ve known Paul for many years as a player and a coach and one of the things I have seen is a strong character. He will take criticism and, when things aren’t going well, he will listen as well.
“I never saw him panic as a player and I’m sure he won’t now he is a manager.
“We all have difficult times and it is also about the players responding. It’s not all down to the manager.
“One thing the fans will see with Paul, though, is that he is very focused and he will do what he believes in, regardless of the outcome.
“He has signed lots of players but teams take time to gel. You are very lucky if you bring in a lot of players and they gel right away.
“With Bournemouth, there is an added pressure because they are not used to spending money and expectation levels have risen dramatically. With that comes pressure and the fans will let you know if they are not happy.”
Groves scored his 100th career league goal under Laws at Glanford Park in 2004, with Laws describing the former midfielder as “inspirational”.
The 50-year-old former Burnley boss added: “Paul is not going to be someone who loses it because he is very focused. As a player he was like that and he won’t be outspoken now he is a manager.
“Just because he is not like that, though, doesn’t mean he can’t endear himself to the fans. He needs the fans on his side, but I would never question his personality.
“Paul just needs time. He must be given that and, if he is, I am sure the club will reap the rewards.”