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Following the departure of manager Stephen Kenny last week, the champions have installed the former Burnley boss on a temporary basis

Shamrock Rovers have announced the appointment of Brian Laws as director of football on a contract until the end of the 2012 season.

Stephen Kenny was relieved of his duties as first-team manager last week following a string of poor results and Laws will take charge of the Airtricity League champions for the first time on Saturday in the EA Sports Cup final against Drogheda United.

Shamrock Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche said: "We have six important league games and the EA Sports Cup final coming up over the next month and a half, and Brian is coming in to help the existing back room staff to do as well as possible in those games. Bringing Brian in also gives the club some breathing space to take our time to pick the next manager. Brian’s experience in the game will help us very much in the short term, and he has recruited many players from Ireland so he is not a stranger to the league."

Speaking of his new task at the Hoops, Laws said: "I am delighted to be joining Shamrock Rovers and look forward to working with the chairman, board of directors, players, staff and supporters to move the club forward into a new era. I have significant football managerial experience having taken charge of over 800 league games in all four divisions in England. I aim to bring that experience with me to advise, guide and lead the club’s short-term strategy. My strengths include getting to know clubs from top to bottom and leading change where necessary, at all times identifying and building on the club’s strengths, culture and brand. I am delighted to be accepting the challenge and can't wait to get going."