Mixed feelings for Deane

17 March 2011 02:30
Former Sheffield United and Leeds striker Brian Deane will be torn between divided loyalties when the two clubs clash in Saturday's Yorkshire derby. Deane made his name at Bramall Lane, scoring 107 goals in 242 appearances for the Blades before sealing a £2.9million move in 1993 to hometown club Leeds, for whom he played 198 times in two separate spells. He said: "It's a difficult game for me because it's two clubs I love. I come here and Leeds are doing fantastically well this season and I go there and Sheffield United are not having a great one. I'm a supporter of both clubs and it's hard. "If Sheffield United were to be relegated I would be devastated so I'm hoping they can stay up. It's going to be tough because they're second bottom. "Their squad is paper thin at the moment and they had a couple of sending offs last weekend which won't help them against Leeds. It's a shame what has happened there. "On the other side, Leeds are doing very well. They've had two or three years in League One and come up this season and Simon [Grayson] has done a fantastic job here and shown he's one of the up-and-coming managers in the country. It would be a bonus for me if Leeds went up and Sheffield United stayed up."

Source: PA