Brian Deane Was So Emotional He Locked Himself In The Toilet After Sarpsborg Avoided Relegation On Last Day Of Norwegian Season

Chris Wright

18th, November 2013

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By Chris Wright

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Deano’s not crying; his eyes are just sweating heavily

Former Doncaster, Sheffield United, Leeds, Benfica, Middlesbrough, Leicester, West Ham, Sunderland and Perth Glory striker Brian Deane was so overcome with emotion that he locked himself in the toilet after watching Sarpsborg 08 successfully manage to consolidate their place in the top tier of Norwegian football on Sunday afternoon.

At this point we probably should add that Deane is Sarpsborg’s head coach.

After finishing third bottom in the league proper, Sarpsborg faced a two-leg play-off with the club that finished in third place in the second division, Ranheim – winning both legs (the second of which was on Sunday afternoon) by and aggregate score of 3-0 to hold on to their place in the Tippeligaen despite enduring a torrid 2013/14 season.

The incredibly tense second leg was settled by a brace from Sarpsborg’s 19-year-old striker Mohamed Elyounoussi but while the players celebrated in unbridled relief on the pitch for 20 minutes after the final whistle, it all proved too much for Deane, who locked himself in the changing room toilet and began Tweeting the emotions that he couldn’t convey out loud.

First things first: “I have locked myself in the toilet to savour this” is never going to sound good, even if you’re well aware of the context it’s being used in.

Second thing: Well done Deano. Fantastic to see an English manager enjoying success (however relative) abroad.

You can add that to your long and varied list of career achievements alongside your “first ever player to score in the Premier League” and “most frustratingly over-printed Merlin sticker of 1996″ titles.

(Via Dagbladet Sport)