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|Brian Laws brings Burnley to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon believing the match pits him against the modern-day version of Brian Clough.
Laws spent many years under Clough at Nottingham Forest and thinks O’Neill – who of course also served Old Big Ead – is the closest thing there is to him in football today.
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Laws, looking to get Burnley out of trouble with what would be an unlikely win at Villa, said: 'Martin has had a phenomenal season but he is a phenomenal manager. If I could say anyone was close to Brian Clough's management, it would be him.
'He would say there is no-one near Brian Clough, he was a one-off, and I don't think he would want to be likened to him. But the way he sets about things and motivates his players is the key factor in their success.
'He is more of a self-motivator. He makes the players play out of their skins and that is something that is unique.'
Villa can go fifth if they win and other results go their way on Sunday. Top-four rivals Man City and Liverpool meet at Eastlands while Spurs go to Wigan.
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