Alan Biggs at Large: Sheffield United legend Brian Deane’s served his apprenticeship; now he deserves to be a boss in England

Brian Deane in typical pose as a Sheffield United player, now he wants to manager in England

Brian Deane in typical pose as a Sheffield United player, now he wants to manager in England

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This column has no time for designer labels.

It cringes when big name players walk straight into attractive coaching and management roles.

But when former top stars take the trouble to work a proper apprenticeship, their claims should not be ignored. James Beattie, touted for Coventry, is one. Brian Deane is another.

Deano would appear to have a head start on most as, among other things, the scorer of the first goal in Premier League history, for Sheffield United against Manchester United in 1992.

But what impresses me most about the Blades legend, who totalled some 224 goals for clubs including Leeds, Middlesbrough, Leicester and West Ham, is that he has gone out of his way to carve a new career.

Brian is back in England after a successful two-season spell in charge of Norwegian club Sarpsborg who had just been promoted to the top flight when he took over late in 2012.

In his first season, they survived a relegation scare.

In his second, Sarpsborg finished comfortably mid-table and reached the semi-finals of the Norwegian Cup.

Brian has been back in this country for a while now, seeking an opening in the English leagues.

It baffles me why he doesn’t get a mention when lower division jobs come up.

This is a guy with both the potential and standing in the game to begin a new climb back to the top, as he once did from Doncaster Rovers.

Why is he not also in the running for Coventry?

And what about Oldham?

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