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Brian Deane believes his former clubs, Leeds and Sheffield United, are paying the price for years of mismanagement.

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Brian Deane: Wishes both clubs well

Brian Deane: Wishes both clubs well

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Deane, 45, currently manager of Norwegian side Sarpsborg, spent two separate spells as a player with hometown club Leeds and three different stints with the Blades during a 21-year playing career.

"When I think of Leeds, I think it once as a mighty club, I hope it returns to where it should be, but it's going to take time," he said.

"There are clubs which have caught up, there have been a lot of changes and it's been hard, in terms of a model, turning it into something which is free of its debt. I think the fans have to be patient.

"I wish both clubs well. To me, both should be in the Premier League.

"Perhaps there has been mismanagement over the years and I think, in life, you can have too many hangers on and both clubs have perhaps had too many hangers on.

"You need to get a balance between a business plan and also more brains and it's not always worked that way with clubs.

"You have to have a long-term plan and I think sometimes fans have to be more patient with ambitions, otherwise you get what happened to Leeds, where they had a situation with more players than they needed, on big wages.

"Sheffield United, I will always have a soft spot for them and will always look out for them.

"I was home the other day for a couple of days and watched the game against Coventry on TV and it was quite sad really, because I don't think the club has been as low as that in 20-odd years.

"I joined them in 1989 when they were in that division, but we were doing well.

"It's sad to see such a massive club with so much potential going through the problems that it is.

"I'm sure there's a plan in place - I hope there is - to turn things around, but it's going to take time, good coaches and good managers coming in and investment as well."

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