Laws: Collymore could be unstoppable

Former Nottingham Forest star Brian Laws tells us why Stan Collymore is the most talented player he has ever encountered.


Who was your sporting hero as a boy?

I am Newcastle born and bred, I used to be on the terraces at the Gallowgate End, and my hero at the time was Supermac. He was a legend, scored goals, had bandy legs just like me. I loved watching him and I think Malcolm Macdonald was my sporting hero at the time. I couldn't get enough of him. He was brilliant.

Who was the most talented player you have ever worked with?

I have got to say, Stan Collymore has to be one of the most naturally talented players I have worked with. Especially when he was a hungry Stan Collymore: he was strong, powerful, two-footed. He could win games single-handedly on his own and a player that graced the Premier League as well. I think everybody enjoyed working with him at certain points of his career because his talent was there for everybody to see. However, I do think he wasted it as well. He had so much talent, I don't think he realised, but certainly the time I spent with Stan Collymore, he was hungry. His hunger left him at one period, but certainly Stan had the ability.

What player that has graced the Barclays Premier League in the past 20 years stands out for you and why?

Well, 20 years is a long time but I would say that, for me, consistency is one of the things that sticks out and one person in particular is Ryan Giggs, who in my opinion is not just a great player, but his achievements I don't think will ever be repeated. To have won in excess of 30 medals, 12 league titles, and to be consistent over that period of time you have to be great. To be at a club of Manchester United's stature tells me that he is one of the greats.

Outside of football, who do you most admire and why?

I am a big fan of tournaments such as the Olympic Games which promote a sense of national togetherness and pride. It is quite refreshing to get behind a UK sportsperson and back them all the way, instead of almost expecting failure like we are in football when we watch the national teams. In that respect, I am a huge admirer of the likes of Steve Redgrave, who achieved over five Olympics at the highest level, which is outstanding. He should be an inspiration to any sportsman - to achieve that over a 20-year period.

Brian Laws was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association

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