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Brian Jensen named as coach of League Two club after Crusaders departure

Brian Jensen celebrates winning his first ever league title with Crusaders last season.
Brian Jensen celebrates winning his first ever league title with Crusaders last season.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

He spent just a year in Northern Ireland but the goalkeeper nicknamed 'the Beast' won plenty of friends and admirers.

An infectious smile, a passion for the game and plenty of quality to boot, Brian Jensen won his first EVER league title at the age of 42, helping Crusaders take back the Gibson Cup before departing Seaview.

Now it seems his playing days are finally over as the Danish stopper has been named first team goalkeeper coach at League Two side Bury, working under boss Ryan Lowe. Bury finished rock bottom of League One last season.

Jensen played for the club for the 13/14 season, making 39 appearances and, according to the club website, became a fans' favourite over the course of a solitary season; something that Crues supporters will find easy to believe.

“When Lowey called, there was no hesitation," Jensen told "I didn’t want to leave when I did, and I’m thrilled to be back. I’ve performed the dual role of goalkeeper/goalkeeper coach before at Crawley, Mansfield and here, so I’ve sort of gone through a transition phase to get to this point.

"This is my first full-time coaching position, I’m here to learn, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

After he won the Danske Bank Premiership title with Crusaders on the final day, Jensen hailed the success as 'even more special' than his Championship play-off win and promotion to the Premiership with Burnley in 2007.

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"To get promoted and go to the Premiership is completely different but this is even more special for me because it's a title," he said. "My first one. I'm lost for words, to be honest."

Jensen already holds an outfield UEFA A License and is currently working towards the equivalent goalkeeping qualification.

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