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FORTY FOUR DAYS AT LEEDS - IN CLOUGHIE'S OWN WORDS
Cloughie looks back at those 44 days at Leeds
Brian Clough spent just forty-four days as manager of Leeds United in 1974. He succeeded Don Revie who had led the club to the League Championship the previous season before becoming England manager. Much has been said about what happened - but for the truth we look to Cloughie's own words. Cloughie said he wanted to manage Leeds so he could try to win the European Cup - something he had missed-out on at Derby County. Leeds had already qualified for the competition as league champions. "Did I say the European Cup? I hardly lasted long enough to be given my own teacup at Leeds," Cloughie said in his first autobiography in 1994 (Partridge Press). Before arriving at Elland Road on July 31st, 1974, Cloughie had made it clear he didn't like the way Leeds played football and often criticised their players. "Leeds had been the dirtiest and most cynical team in the country in the late Sixties and early Seventies, and from my soap-box as manager of Derby and the best pundit on television I had said so on numerous occasions." Cloughie felt Leeds' cynicism devalued the marvellous football they produced. But it meant the players were wary of him when he arrived as their boss. "Little did I realise the extent of the dislike and resentment - if not downright hatred - waiting for me at Elland Road." He repeated the criticisms when he met the players face-to-face. Later, he admitted he failed to win their confidence or support. Feeling that Leeds were not really 'his team,' Cloughie phoned Don Revie and asked if he would like to lead the players out for the 1974 Charity Shield match at Wembley. Revie declined, so it was Brian who walked out ahead of the players, along-side Bill Shankly whose Liverpool team had won the FA Cup. Looking back, Cloughie admitted that he tried to make changes at Leeds too quickly. He said he had inherited an ageing team - "a side on its last legs." There were several contracts that needed negotiating and the players were concerned about their futures. Don Revie had recommended Johnny Giles to be his successor, but Clough says he didn't get the chance to know Giles and only wished he had been able to do so. He felt Giles may have become his new Peter Taylor - his right-hand man who had shared the success at Derby and would do so again at Nottingham Forest. "Reflection tells me that the biggest mistake of all was my eagerness to accept the job in the first place," Clough says in his second autobiography in 2002 (Walking on Water, Headline Publishing). "Leeds weren't for me and I wasn't for them." In an ITV documentary (March 2009) Johnny Giles commented: "Brian Clough's attitude to football was the direct opposite of the attitude at Leeds at that time. It was a clash which neither of us could understand." Leeds under Clough lost the first league match 3-0 and things went from bad to worse, with just four points from six league games. Just seven weeks after arriving at Elland Road, Clough was sacked - but ensured his contract was fully paid-up. That meant he received a pay-off of around £100,000. For the first time in his life, Cloughie was financially secure. "In denting my ego and showing me the door, Leeds United did me the biggest favour of my professional life." The financial security meant Cloughie was still smiling - and could take on any job without fear of the consequences. The Leeds money allowed him to pay off his mortgage and move to a larger house in the country. Just hours after being sacked, Cloughie appeared on a live television programme, alongside his Leeds predecessor, Don Revie, who had become England manager. It was a Yorkshire TV Calender Special. At one point in the programme, Revie asked Clough why he had taken the job when he been openly critical of them. "Because it was the best job in the country," replied Clough. "I was taking over the league champions. I wanted to have a crack at the European Cup and win it. I wanted to do something you hadn't done." At the end of the programme, the interviewer Austin Mitchell asks Clough where he goes from there - after his resignation at Derby and disappointment at Brighton. "Aren't you in a difficult position, after the argument at Derby, you left Brighton under a cloud and now this with Leeds. Who's going to touch you with a barge-pole?" Thankfully, Nottingham Forest had the largest barge-pole available and pulled the Master Manager into the most successful job of his amazing career.
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Brian Clough: Football manager whose astonishing confidence and bullish irreverence made him a legendary figure to players and the public: The Times: September 21 2004
Brian Clough was perhaps the most charismatic football manager this country has produced. He was also one of the most successful, winning a total of 12 major trophies with the previously unfashionable Derby County and Nottingham Forest, both of whom he elevated from the second division to the League championship. He was one of only two managers to have won the old English first division title with different clubs, the other being Herbert Chapman with Huddersfield and Arsenal. In addition, Clough led Forest to victory in the European Cup in 1979 and 1980. However, it was the manner of Clough’s success which made him one of the most instantly recognisable figures in the land and a gift to mimics because of his distinctive nasal tone and strident manner. He was possessed of the ego, the innate genius for manipulative psychology and the public relations skill of a Muhammad Ali. Clough’s achievements rested partly on the sheer force of a personality which fascinated and often intimidated his players and the media alike. He revelled in his nickname of “Old Big ’Ead”. As he once said about dealing with a player who disagreed with his views: “We talk about it for 20 minutes and then we decide I was right.” The public generally loved his willingness to assail any authority, and even when they did not, they consumed it voraciously. Clough earned steadily from newspaper columns and television appearances. He was long-touted as the people’s choice for England manager and at one stage he threatened to enter politics as a Labour candidate (being supported at various times by factions in the constituencies of Richmond, Loughborough and Stretford). Yet his bulldozing approach made him enemies and there were many who rejoiced when hubris overcame him. Clough’s 18-year reign as Forest manager ended with relegation from the Premiership, amid persistent allegations of alcoholism and accusations in the High Court that he liked to receive money illicitly from transferring players from Forest. A man of many contradictions, Clough was a lifelong socialist who wrote a column for The Sun and a money-hoarder who could also be extraordinarily generous. He once talked a suicidal man out of drowning himself in the River Trent by stopping his car and chatting to him about football until he calmed down. He was an anti-authoritarian extrovert, yet he turned out teams of such discipline that referees looked forward to officiating over their games for weeks. Clough despised hooligans, but was himself capable of behaving like one. After one Cup victory he waded into a crowd of exuberant Forest fans who had invaded the pitch and began to hit them systematically before an amazed television audience. A few days later, he invited the cameras to see him make peace with the fans he had assaulted, and made all of them kiss him. Clough’s principal successes as a manager came with teams and individuals he could mould unchallenged. His approach was to break down their resistance through whatever technique was expedient. After he bought Trevor Francis for £1 million — a record at the time — he played the England striker in the Forest third team to let him know who was boss. He exerted a mesmerising effect on players. This he partly achieved through his unpredictability. He might suddenly order his team to run into a field of stinging nettles, and on one occasion asked a player whether he had ever been hit in the stomach, and on receiving a negative reply, dealt him a forceful blow, saying: “You have now.” He had many players convinced he could make them look at him in the “dugout” at any point during a game through a mere act of will. However, when Clough tried the same dictatorial approach with seasoned international players at Leeds United, the result was a mutiny. Another key ingredient in Clough’s success was his partnership with Peter Taylor. The two met as Middlesbrough players in the mid-1950s. Taylor, the club goalkeeper and six years the senior of the pair, became Clough’s mentor, feeding his ego and touting him as a future England player. The two spent every spare moment together, developing a joint philosophy of the game and attempting to control how it was played at the club. When Clough went into management, at fourth division Hartlepools, he insisted that Taylor be appointed with him. This unusual arrangement flourished, with Clough specialising in publicity and man-management while Taylor concentrated on improving the team. The pair reproduced the formula at Derby, Brighton and Forest. But their relationship was soured by rows over money and Taylor walked out on Forest in 1982. The rift lasted until Taylor’s death in 1990, and it was one of Clough’s few regrets that there was no reconciliation. Many believed that Clough’s passion for the game was never the same after the split. Clough was born and raised in Middlesbrough, the sixth of nine children, who slept three to a bed, head to toe. Having left school with no qualifications, he signed as an amateur for Middlesbrough, then in the old second division, at 16. He turned professional the following year. Clough had six seasons in the Middlesbrough first team before being transferred to their northeastern rivals, Sunderland, in 1961. He was one of the most effective goalscorers in the history of the English game. In his 274 League matches he scored 251 goals, giving him the best ratio of goals per game of any postwar player. Yet he only made two appearances for the national team. This was widely attributed to his alienating arrogance. He once infuriated the England manager Walter Winterbottom by demanding that he drop either Jimmy Greaves or Bobby Charlton. On Boxing Day 1962, Clough’s playing career was virtually ended by a knee injury on a frozen pitch in a game against Bury, an incident which left him unable subsequently to bear the sight of an injured player. Suddenly deprived of his career, Clough fell into a depression from which he sought relief in alcohol. He was saved by the manager, George Hardwick, who had him qualify as an FA coach and take control of the Sunderland youth team. Clough took to the role with relish, but he had made enemies among the club’s directors and was sacked as soon as they received the insurance payout for his injury. The drive and the anger which fuelled Clough’s managerial career could be traced to the injury which ended his playing days. In 1965, after three months without work, Clough became the youngest manager in the league with Hartlepools United (as the team was known before it shed its plural). There he rediscovered his self-belief, learnt that he had the ability to inspire even mediocre players, and saw off his first antagonistic chairman after the latter had tried to sack Taylor. Clough also learnt to exploit his natural talent for showmanship to his club’s and his own advantage. His two years at the club made enough impact for him to be offered the manager’s job at Derby County. Clough and Taylor led Derby to the second division title in 1969, with a team comprised of shrewdly bought younger players mixed with inspirationally rehabilitated older ones. Of all his managerial achievements, this gave Clough the most pleasure, although greater triumphs were to follow. Within three years of their promotion, Derby were League champions. Yet the following season, with the footballing world seemingly at their feet, Clough and Taylor walked out on Derby after an attempt by the club chairman to curtail Clough’s media commitments. After a brief spell at Brighton, dominated by Clough’s attempts to have himself reinstated at his previous club, he was offered the managership of Leeds United, at that time the dominant team in the country. Clough got off to a disastrous start, telling his new players that they could throw away their considerable collections of medals, as they had won them all by cheating. He was sacked after only 44 days in the job, although not before negotiating a substantial payoff. Clough followed one of the shortest reigns as a league manager with one of the longest. In January 1975, he was appointed to Nottingham Forest. Within six months he was reunited with Taylor, who had remained at Brighton in the interim, and the pair, revitalised by a fresh challenge, set about surpassing what they had achieved at Derby, following up the League Championship of 1978 with successive European Cup victories. These triumphs were the zenith of Clough’s career. Although he continued to have modest success with Forest after Taylor’s departure, winning two League Cups, his later years were dominated by him becoming increasingly eccentric, such as when he refused to talk to his players at the 1991 FA Cup Final before extra time. Forest, including his son Nigel, who appeared 14 times for England, lost the match — and the one trophy that eluded Clough. His departure in 1993 was soured by the allegations of one of the Forest chairmen that Clough had twice almost died through drink. Clough himself said of his status: “Walk on water? I know most people out there will be saying that instead of walking on it, I should have taken more of it with my drinks. They are absolutely right.” At the same time he was accused of having demanded personal payments for the sale of Forest players and of ticket-touting. Clough defended himself against these attacks with characteristic vigour. In retirement he was widely portrayed as a ravaged alcoholic. He had a liver transplant in January and had been suffering from stomach cancer for some while. Asked how he wanted to be remembered, he once said: “I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed. I would hope they would say that and I would hope somebody liked me.” Brian Clough, footballer and manager, was born on March 21, 1935. He died on September 20, 2004, aged 69.
Brian Clough: A mercurial master among football managers, he transformed the fortunes of two rival clubs: Brian Glanville Wed 22 Sep 2004
A prolific but unlucky centre-forward, who became a triumphant but star-crossed manager, Brian Clough, who has died of stomach cancer aged 69, was, in some sense, the victim of his own public image. He was a mixture of arrogance and initiative, bombast and generosity, intransigence and self-doubt. He scored 204 second division goals in 222 games for Middlesbrough, yet won only a couple of England caps, against Wales and Sweden in 1959. As a manager, he transformed Derby County into a championship-winning team, won the European Cup twice with Nottingham Forest, yet failed both at Brighton and Leeds, and never achieved the managership of England he so coveted. Through almost the whole of Clough's career runs the theme of his collaboration with Peter Taylor. When Clough went back to his local club, Middlesbrough, after RAF service, he was scarcely a third choice centre-forward. It was Taylor, a reserve goalkeeper, who saw his potential, trumpeted his virtues, and promoted his career, with Clough's league debut coming against Barnsley in 1955. When that career came to a bitter end on Boxing Day 1962, playing for Sunderland, for whom he had signed in 1961, it was with Taylor that Clough begin his remarkable career in management. He was only 27 when a collision with Bury's goalkeeper tore a cruciate ligament beyond repair. When George Hardwick, another ex-Middlesbrough player and an ex-England captain, made him youth coach, Clough's misery was partly assuaged. But the directors would not have him. He was dismissed, drank heavily, despaired - only to find himself, in 1965, manager of nearby Hartlepool. Taylor agreed to leave his job as Burton Albion manager to assist him. Between them, the two men breathed life into a club forever on the verge of extinction, and, in 1967, were appointed to run Derby County, then in the Second Division. Showing enormous flair in the transfer market - acquiring for small fees such future stars as Roy McFarland and Archie Gemmill - the two transformed Derby as well. In 1972, they won the championship. But the relationship steadily deteriorated across the years until, like some impossible marriage, it degenerated into implacable hostility, still unresolved at the time of Taylor's death in 1990. Taylor was enraged when he found Clough had been given a £5,000 salary increase without telling him; and things would never be the same. In October 1973, after Clough had taken Derby to the semi-finals of the European Cup, he and a competitive chairman, Sam Longson, fell out irreparably, Clough and Taylor resigned, and, despite impassioned protest meetings in the town, would not find a way back. Taylor alone returned to the Baseball Ground in 1984 as manager, and clashed violently with Clough again when he signed Nottingham Forest's outside-left, John Robertson, without telling him. The two of them revolutionised Forest as they had Derby. But not before they had utterly failed, from November 1973, to do the same for the Third Division club Brighton and Hove Albion, where Clough's attempt to bully limited players to perform like stars brought disastrous results. Surprisingly, in July 1974 he was engaged to manage Leeds United, whose players he had publicly condemned as cheats in the past, and who fully reciprocated his antagonism. Clough lasted only 44 days, and emerged from the ordeal a demoralised man. However, in January 1975 he became manager of Derby's eternal rivals, Nottingham Forest, and in the summer of 1976, when Taylor resigned as mana- ger of Brighton, he joined Clough. Only then did things begin to move. Showing their old flair for signing players, they took Forest out of the Second Division in 1977, won the championship in 1978, and the European Cup in 1979 and 1980. This was an astonishing achievement with a club that had won nothing of consequence since the FA Cup in 1959. That particular domestic trophy eluded Clough - Tottenham beat Forest in the 1991 final - but league cup victories came in 1978, 1979, 1989 and 1990. Clough's methods were unique. He was essentially a dictator, and not always a benevolent one. "Have you ever been punched in the stomach, young man?" he once asked a centre-forward, Nigel Jenson, in the dressing room. When the answer was no, Clough suited the action to the word, remarking, "Well, now you have." After Forest supporters invaded the pitch at the end of a tumultous league cup quarter-final victory over Queen's Park Rangers in February 1989, Clough took the field himself and struck several fans; he was fined £5,000 for bringing the game into disrepute, and banned from the touchline of all football league grounds for the rest of the season. When Everton's players, disappointed by losing a league cup match to a very controversial goal, despoiled their dressing room, Clough, knowing they were due back in three days for a league match, told the cleaners to leave it as it was. Which was how Everton found it on the following Saturday. After Derby had lost a European Cup semi-final game against Juventus in Turin in April 1973, Clough emerged from the dressing room and told the expectant Italian reporters, "No cheating bastards do I talk to. I will not talk to any cheating bastards. " He shut the dressing-room door, re-emerged and instructed me to "Tell them what I said, Brian!" Clough was born in Middlesbrough, the sixth of nine children, of whom the first, a girl, had died at the age of four. His father, Joe, wounded in the first world war, worked at various times for nearby ICI and in a sweet factory. His resilient mother, Sally, was extremely close to him, and was reportedly "fanatical" about football. In later years, Clough would always be a professed socialist, once parking his Mercedes outside a church hall in Nottingham before giving an emotional speech supporting the Labour candidate in the 1979 election, Phillip Whitehead. Clough married his wife, Barbara Glasgow, a close neighbour, while still playing for Middlesbrough. Of their three children, Simon, Nigel and Libby, it was Nigel who followed Brian into football. A boisterous child who developed into a quiet, calm young man, a gifted centre-forward in a far less robust, more inventive, style than his father's, long the fulcrum of the Forest attack, he later played with Liverpool and Manchester City. Brian, not often to be found at the training pitch - but always influential when he was there - was given to late, inspirational appearances in pre-match dressing-rooms. On April 26 1993, 58 years old, in charge of Forest for the past 18 years, he finally retired. The team faced relegation, and he himself no longer had the same resilient hubris. But he had worked wonders at the City Ground. In January 2003, his years of heavy drinking caught up with him and he was obliged to undergo a liver trans- plant in a 10-hour operation carried out in Newcastle. Doctors had told him that without it he had only a few months to live. Clough said he was persuaded to have the operation when his grandson Stephen begged him to stop drinking. "Drink," Clough admitted, "became more important to me than the anguish I was creating for those I loved most." His wife and children survive him.
Brian Clough, footballer and football manager, born March 21 1935; died September 20 2004Obituary: Brian Clough : Monday, 20 September, 2004
Brian Clough was a controversial, larger-than-life figure and one of the last football managers to rule his club without consulting his chairman or his shareholders. Leading his teams to two League Championships and two European Cups were achievements considerable enough to earn him a place in the history of the game. His often outrageous pronouncements and eccentric behaviour made Clough the best-known manager in Britain, and fair game for impressionists on television and radio. Born in Middlesbrough, the sixth of eight children, he failed the eleven-plus examination, and left school at 15 for a job as a local clerk. A year later he signed for Middlesbrough FC, beginning what was to be a brief but successful career as a centre-forward. In 274 appearances for Middlesbrough and Sunderland he scored 251 goals, a post-war record, and was capped twice for England. But Clough's playing days ended on Boxing Day 1962 with a serious knee injury in a game playing for Sunderland against Bury. Beginning his managerial career with Fourth Division Hartlepool he was, at 30, the youngest manager in the Football League. After two successful seasons, he joined Derby County By this time, Clough was beginning to make his mark for his shrewd approach to management - and also his eccentric behaviour. His detractors found him arrogant and rude, but no-one could deny that his methods worked. Derby took the Second Division title in 1969 and the League Championship in 1972. I hope there is a football pitch in heaven for him as he lived for the game When a row with the directors forced his resignation a year later, there were protest marches in Derby. Two weeks later he joined Brighton, but stayed only nine months before being lured to Leeds United to begin one of British football's top jobs. His reputation for aggressive management soon got him into trouble, and he was sacked after only 44 days when the players mutinied. One reason I never became the England manager was because the FA thought I would take over and run the show. They were dead right Clough's next move, to Nottingham Forest in 1975, launched the most successful period of his career. The club won promotion from the Second Division in 1977, and went on to win two European Cup titles, a League Championship and the League Cup on four occasions. But the FA Cup eluded him. Nottingham Forest lost to Spurs in the 1991 final. He also failed in his ambition to manage the national side, being turned down for the England job in 1977. His outspoken comments continued to feed his reputation, but the public still loved him as one of the few instantly-recognisable football managers in Britain. He insisted on good behaviour by both players and supporters, and caused a stir during a 1989 game by chasing fans off the pitch and slapping one of them. By 1991 he was the longest-serving manager in the league. The recipient of an OBE in the Birthday Honours list, he responded typically with the comment that it stood for Old Big 'Ead. Two years later, after 18 years at Forest, Brian Clough retired. Heavy drinking had affected his health, and he was a shadow of his former self. His fragile health meant that he avoided FA disciplinary action over alleged illegal payments for players and retired to the Derbyshire hills. 'Cloughie' was a phenomenon. His abrasive manner alienated some of those colleagues closest to him. But he was a natural motivator who produced some of the most talented teams of recent years, and inspired sporting and managerial success.
Leeds United's John McGovern talks about Brian Clough era : Thursday 24 July 2008 : Yorkshire Evening Post
He was one of the familiar faces Brian Clough turned to for support during his nightmare spell as Leeds United boss. So who better than John McGovern to give a view on The Damned Utd, a film telling the story of Ol' Big 'Ead's 44-day reign at Elland Road? Leeds United sign up young Scottish star: Click here for full story. Elding leaves Leeds United for Crewe: Click here for full story. McGovern, signed by Clough from former club Derby County immediately after arriving at United in 1974, was back in Leeds yesterday for a coaching event at Horsforth's Trinity & All Saints College. And unlike some of his former Elland Road team-mates, the 58-year-old Scot is unfazed by the prospect of Cloughie's turbulent stay in West Yorkshire getting the big screen treatment. McGovern, who won two European Cups with Clough at Nottingham Forest after their respective departures from Leeds, told the YEP: "I'm looking forward to the film. "I was fortunate enough to be asked down on to the set and ended up meeting myself, or the actor playing me anyway. "They were filming a match situation and I told him to get a tackle in, which was probably what Clough would have said!" Due for release next year and based on Yorkshire author David Peace's novel of the same name, the 10m film has been criticised by some of United's legendary stars of the 1970s. They believe it won't provide a true account of Clough's ultimately-disastrous attempts to win over a dressing room still fiercely loyal to his predecessor Don Revie. Asked if Clough was always on a hiding to nothing with a team whose playing style he had repeatedly condemned, McGovern said: "I think he missed (right-hand man] Peter Taylor. "When you think about the success they had at Derby, it might have been different at Leeds had Peter been there. "It was a difficult situation for Clough. As soon as I arrived at the club, I knew it wasn't going to be easy. "There was an atmosphere that you could sense - and it didn't get any better!" McGovern was at Trinity & All Saints to give a talk to the annual get-together of coaches involved with the Leeds-based chain of Brazilian Soccer Schools.
Brian Clough: National Football Museum
Arguably the most successful, almost certainly the most outspoken, English manager of his generation, Brian Clough's desire to win was first seen in an all-action playing career ultimately cut short by injury. Born in Middlesbrough, Clough made his professional debut for his home team club in 1952 aged 17 as a centre-forward. A prolific striker, he was to be Boro's top scorer for three consecutive seasons. In total he scored 204 goals in 222 games, winning two England caps while still playing for the Division Two side, against Wales and Sweden in 1959. It was at Middlesbrough he met goalkeeper Peter Taylor who would later become a close friend and colleague in his managerial career. Clough moved to local rivals Sunderland in 1961 where he scored 63 goals in 74 matches before suffering an injury in a match against Bury at Roker Park in December 1962. Clough spent two years attempting to regain fitness, but would play only 3 more matches, before retiring aged 29. His managerial career began in 1965 when he was asked to manage Hartlepools United (now Hartlepool). Aged just 30 he was the youngest manager in the Football League. However it was Cloughie’s success at Midlands club Derby County and local rivals Nottingham Forest that really made his name. Clough moved to Derby in 1967, taking Peter Taylor with him as Assistant Manager. Prior to his arrival County had been in the Second Division for over a decade. It was here that Clough really got into his stride and earned his infamous reputation as a hard but fair manager. During his first season he started to lay the foundations for the club’s future success, signing players including Roy McFarland and John McGovern. Of the players he inherited he only saved four: it’s even rumoured he sacked two tea ladies he overheard laughing about the club after a defeat. Although somewhat controversial, and often at odds with his chairman and board, his management helped the club win promotion to the first division in 1969, followed by their first Division One Championship in 1972. His players attributed their success to Clough’s role as a coach before manager, he was one of the first “tracksuit managers” – always at the training ground. Away from the pitch, Clough's forceful personality, sharp wit and often good humour put him in the public eye. His appearances on chat shows as well as in the football media made him a household name; assertions like "I wouldn't say I'm the best manager in the world, but I'm in the top one..." may have made him a popular figure with the media and TV viewers, but meant he often ruffled feathers in the football world. Clough's frequent outspoken comments against football's establishment eventually led to him falling out with the board of directors at the club, and following brief periods at Brighton and Hove Albion and Leeds United, Clough and Taylor went on to manage Derby’s local rivals Nottingham Forest in 1975. During his 18 years as manager (with Peter Taylor as his assistant until 1982) he led Forest from 6th from the bottom of Division Two (January 1975) to winning the First Division Championship in 1978, followed by two consecutive European Cup wins in 1979 and 1980 and four League Cup victories. This has been argued as one of the greatest managerial feats in the English Football League's history to date. He was awarded Manager of the Year in 1978. He was awarded an OBE for his services to football in June 1991. Clough was spoken of as 'the greatest manager England never had', as he was overlooked for the national team job despite being one of the league's most successful managers. He was in fact interviewed for the job in 1977 and 1982. His qualifications were never in doubt, but it seems his outspoken views on the way football should be played, and run, ultimately counted against him. Clough himself summed up the headache facing those who appointed the England manager: "I'm sure the England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I'd want to run the show. They were shrewd because that's exactly what I would have done". Following his death in September 2004, a stretch of the A52 which connects Derby and Nottingham was renamed the Brian Clough Way. Statues have been erected in Middlesbrough, Nottingham and Derby and both Derby and Nottingham now compete for the Brian Clough Trophy twice annually when the teams meet in the Championship. Clubs Managed: Hartlepools United, Derby County, Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest Honours: 2 European Cups, 2 Division One Championships, 4 League Cups Inducted: 2002
The story of Brian Clough, of Sunderland & Nottingham Forest: A legend in red (& white):By Mark Carrick: The Roker Report: 08 Dec 29, 2017
Brian Clough: Legend
From a certain generation who recall his playing ability, to another who recount his somewhat unique managerial style, tales of Brian Clough will no doubt reach a new age who never knew this colourful character; a true legend of our game. Clough was a striker from the North-East and remains one of the most prolific forward that England has ever produced. He had an outstanding scoring record of 251 league goals from 274 starts and, to this day, he remains one of the Football League’s highest ever goalscorers. 197 of his strikes came in 213 appearances for Middlesbrough before Sunderland signed him for £55,000. Cloughie would go on to score 54 goals in 61 appearances for the Lads. During his career Clough would win only two England caps, both coming in 1959 as a Boro player. This seems so tragic for one so gifted, but perhaps this was the tale of his unfortunate playing career. At the age of 29, Clough was seriously injured whilst playing for Sunderland against Bury on Boxing Day 1962. Damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in a collision with the opposition goalkeeper, Clough would never fully recover. Cloughie described the injury, sustained on Boxing Day, in an interview with Ron Atkinson: Brian Clough couldn’t leave football, though. Aged just thirty years old, he took the manager’s job at Hartlepool United of the Fourth Division. Two years later, he’d make the jump up two leagues to manage Derby County with his long-term assistant Peter Taylor, where he’d start to turn his legendary status as a player in the North-East to an even greater legend as a manager in the Midlands. He led Derby to the Second Division Championship in his second season before winning the First Division three years later. In 1973, the year of our own great cup run, Clough took the Rams to the semi-finals of the European Cup. Drama was never far from Clough’s side. A falling out with the Derby chairman saw Clough and Taylor make an eight-month switch to third division Brighton. Leeds United came knocking in 1974. Clough had long spoken out against Leeds, their players and most of all their manager - another former Sunderland forward, Don Revie. Clough lasted 44 days. For bad, as well as good, Cloughie was making himself a legend in the game. Nottingham Forest offered Clough a new job just a few months later. Back in the Midlands, Clough was to lead a team from the Second Division to promotion and, only twelve months later, he’d make them Champions of England. He became only the fourth manager to win the First Division title with two teams. An even greater achievement was to follow. Clough won back-to-back European Cups, as Forest became Champions of Europe in 1979 and 1980. Cloughie had a uniqueness all his own. There are countless stories that are told about him. My grandfather once told me what a great striker and what a professional attitude he had. He had a presence on the field. He told me Clough once scored a first half hat-trick against Middlesbrough in a 3-3 draw. “He’d only ever have one thing in mind and, more often than not, he successfully left the ball in the opposition net.” He also said our Board were neither sensible enough, nor brave enough, to appoint him as Sunderland’s manager. Forest fans often recall what a great manager he was, not only in his achievements, but as a person. A friend from my own schooldays once came in on a Monday morning absolutely buzzing. He’d waited for the players and staff to arrive at the City Ground on the Saturday and asked Clough for his autograph. Clough duly signed and turned to my friend’s dad, asking him how many of the players had signed my friend’s book. Not content with a few names, he offered to take my friend round the dressing room to make sure he collected them all! Roy Keane once recounted how Clough had told him to come to the ground on a match day when he was only 16. Roy thought he'd be helping out as perhaps other academy players had, but, at the last minute, Clough told him he was playing. Roy went on to have a great debut, but the next day he was called into the manager’s office and Clough told him his shoes needed cleaning! Paul Barron recalls an occasion when he was playing in goal for QPR against Forest at the City Ground. He walked off the pitch after a 0-0 draw and as he entered the changing room, somebody kicked him up the backside. He turned around to see Brian Clough, who said: "That'll teach you to keep a clean sheet against me young man." Tony Cascarino tells a story regarding Teddy Sheringham’s time at Forest. Sheringham was having a sauna after training and in walked Clough to talk tactics with him for about 20 mins. At the time Cloughie was wearing a suit! Brian Clough was a larger-than-life, outspoken, often controversial figure, but certainly one of the greatest managers of the English game - an honour recognised by UEFA in 2017, when they named Clough among the top 10 coaches since their formation in 1954. He will forever be a legend at Sunderland, for his playing ability, and Nottingham Forest, for his managerial achievements. There may never be another like him.
By Mike Anstead for MailOnline: Published: 1 May 2018 Brian Clough's Forest farewell:
25 years ago, one of football's greatest managers was relegated in his last ever home game on a day of tears and celebration at the City Ground.
On May 1, 1993, Brian Clough took charge of Nottingham Forest in his last ever home game as manager. Forest lost 2-0 to Sheffield United - a result that confirmed their relegation from the Premiership. It was an emotional day at the City Ground as fans paid farewell to Clough after 18 years as their boss. Relegation was the final low of a chaotic last season for Clough at Forest - on and off the pitch.The chaos at Nottingham Forest was all against a backdrop of concerns over Clough's heavy drinking. In a BBC interview, his son Nigel - then a Forest player - was pushed by Barry Davies on his father's condition 'The man with the green sweater. An embrace for the law on his last home appearance. Whatever his failings, whatever his foibles, he's been a power of good for the game of football…' Those were the words of BBC commentator Barry Davies on May 1, 1993 as Brian Clough stopped to hug a policewoman after emerging from the tunnel for his last ever match as Nottingham Forest manager at the City Ground. Fans rose to their feet as Clough, who pulled his trademark green Umbro jumper over a red polo shirt, turned right to start his walk down the touchline for the final time, surrounded by photographers. There were more embraces for the policemen trying to hold them back. Clough was 58 then but looks 10 years older, his face reddened after years of heavy drinking. Sheffield United were the opponents for Clough's 993rd of 994 matches in charge of Forest — his very final outing was away to Ipswich a week later. It drew to an end his incredible 18-year spell as one of the most successful managers in British football history. It was a day of tears and sorrow, as well as love and celebration. A nightmare ending, yet a fans' farewell that most managers can only dream of. Clough was the man who propelled Forest to the highest peak during a dazzling period that revived a reputation battered by his infamous 44-day spell with Leeds. This was their incredible ascent: 1975 - appointed manager at Forest, then in the Second Division 1977 - wins promotion by finishing third 1978 - Division One champions 1979 - European Cup champions 1980 - European Cup champions (again) That outrageous sequence would be considered an astonishing burst of success for any club, let alone this red corner of the East Midlands. Fast forward to the grey first day of May 1993 and this was a man whose magic had finally worn off. Forest slid back down to the second tier of English football in the Premiership’s inaugural season. They slipped out of the top flight with a whimper, losing 2-0 to Sheffield United on the penultimate weekend. Yet, this day was about much, much more than the result. This was the afternoon Clough, the man who led Forest from 1975 to 1993, waved goodbye to the people who had clung on for every twist and turn of an unprecedented, unpredictable journey. The preceding weeks had been dominated by a debate over the nature of his departure, which bears similarity with Arsene Wenger’s exit from Arsenal. Was Clough really retiring or was he being pushed out? It was a terribly awkward situation for those involved, culminating in this final home match. Nigel Clough – then a 27-year-old Forest forward – was repeatedly pushed on his father’s exit and health by Davies in a fascinating post-match interview. Clough Jnr suggested his 'age had caught up with him' Forest finished bottom in the 1992-93 Premiership season Davies: 'Is his health good? He doesn't seem to be a well man, it has to be said...' Clough: 'I think age has caught up with him...' Davies, cutting in: 'He's only 58, Nigel. It's not that old, is it?' Clough: 'It is for me! 40 years in this business has taken its toll and over the past 18 months it's caught up quite rapidly.' Davies: 'One or two of us are quite worried about him. Are you?' Clough: 'Not really, as long as he fills his time in well and does a bit of gardening and so on.' A week earlier - and just a month after Clough Snr had been awarded the freedom of the city - he had announced he was retiring amid a backdrop of claims and counter-claims over whether his drinking was 'discrediting' the club. On the same day, Forest suspended director Chris Wootton amid claims he ran a 'dirty-tricks campaign' and had been offering stories of Clough's alleged drinking to newspapers. Wootton denied this but insisted Clough's exit 'vindicated' him. 'Brian Clough has been the best possible manager for Nottingham Forest for many years’, he said ‘but because of his health, I thought it best for the club and Brian himself for him to consider his position. There has been disquiet among the board for some time.' Clough's lawyers threatened to sue. Forest's chairman Fred Reacher denied it was true and that the manager retained the board’s support. It was a controversial climax to a chaotic campaign. Their handling of transfers in the summer of 1992 was a mess. England defender Des Walker was sold to Sampdoria for £1.5million and soon the man who was identified to replace him – the homegrown Darren Wassall – followed him out of the door after a bust-up with his manager Clough. Teddy Sheringham, who scored the first ever televised Premier League goal for Forest against Liverpool in August, was sold just a week later to Tottenham for £2.1m. Add to this a cluster of distracting incidents – a young Roy Keane being arrested over an incident at a party (released without charge) and later fined £5,000 after a separate bar-room incident in Jersey while on a club tour, a shareholder vote of no confidence in the board and Clough himself accused of delivering a two-fingered gesture to Forest fans – and you can appreciate just how tumultuous this season was building up to his departure. Clough saluted the fans after returning to the pitch after they had been relegated following the 2-0 defeat by Sheffield United. The departing Clough shook hands with a Sheffield United fan as he was given a standing ovation at the City Ground LINE-UPS - MAY 1, 1993 Nottingham Forest: Andy Marriott, Brian Laws, Brett Williams, Steve Chettle, Carl Tiler, Kingsley Black, Nigel Clough, Scot Gemmill, Roy Keane, Ian Woan, Robert Rosario Sheffield United: Alan Kelly, Carl Bradshaw, Paul Beesley, John Pemberton, Brian Gayle, Charlie Hartfield, Glyn Hodges, Paul Rogers, Mitch Ward, Dane Whitehouse, Brian Deane Goals: Hodges (30), Gayle (73) Referee: Paul Durkin Attendance: 26,752 'I think it's disgraceful', said a man flipping burgers in his van parked outside the City Ground. 'It's the first bad season we've had in five or six years and suddenly everyone is calling for Clough to be resigning. I think we should stick with him, give the man a chance and hope they do well next year.' Soundbites from other sympathetic supporters included 'one bad season doesn't make him a bad manager', 'he's the best thing that ever happened to Nottingham' and a bemused 'I don't know what to do without him really'. A lady in a pointed Forest hat was holding back tears as she said: 'I've just taken him some flowers but they wouldn't let me give them to him because he's in the bath. So I said I could come in and scrub his back.’ Police had advised Forest’s players – eventually beaten by goals from Glyn Hodges and Brian Gayle - that they should hurry off the playing field at the full-time whistle to avoid being caught up in a pitch invasion. Keane was one who ran off down the tunnel, with Clough already making his way down for what he thought would be the final time. Son Nigel, however, ignored the advice and remained on the pitch to applaud the supporters. ‘Police said before the game to get in as quickly as you can’, he later told Davies. ‘But I think on a day like this, when there's been absolutely tremendous support all season, it's only right that we should stay out and give a small gesture of our thanks.’ Back out in the stadium, fans refused to leave until Clough returned for one last goodbye at the City Ground. One banner simply read ‘Brian Clough is a football genius’. With his green sweater still on and a young fan trying to drape a Forest flag around his shoulders, Clough – again flanked by photographers - marched over to the Executive Stand (later to be renamed after Clough) where his name was being chanted. There were thumbs up as he was engulfed by hundreds of supporters on the pitch. This would be his final farewell to the adoring masses. The end of 18 years on one of football’s most compelling journeys. Brian Clough was given a huge send-off by the home fans - despite defeat confirming their relegation from the Premiership After he finally departed for the final time, Clough spoke to Davies in front of a white brick wall inside Forest’s tunnel, a world away from today’s kaleidoscope advertisement boards. Asked what he was going to do next, Clough paused for thought before telling Davies: 'I'm going to spend boring minutes talking to people like you - that's what I'm going to do! ‘No, I'm not. I’m going to walk around and look after my grandchildren. I might even come to a football match, actually.’ He then politely added: 'Barry, could you excuse me. Thank you for asking me to be interviewed. I'll go back to my wife Barbara and my grandchildren.' 'It's been a pleasure knowing you, sir’, replied Davies. ‘Enjoy your retirement.' The pair – one a titan of football management, the other a master of football commentary – then shared a tender embrace. Clough was holding back the tears, but the years had finally caught up with him.
Brian Clough Biography
“They love me for what I’m not… They hate me for what I am.” – Brian Clough
“T’ best bloody manager England never had – and t’best bloody centre forward England hardly ever used.” – Brian Clough
Brian Clough is one of the most memorable characters in English football. Possessing immense self-belief and confidence, he bought a unique style to football management. His attitude may have upset many in the English football establishment, but, his results speak for themselves. In a football fairytale that is hard to imagine in the present age. He took two unfashionable midland football clubs Derby and Nottingham Forest from the second division to the first division and then led them to victory in the English football championships. With Nottingham Forest, he also won the prestigious European cup in 1978-79 and the following season as well. Brian Clough was born in Middlesborough and had ambitions to play for Yorkshire cricket club, but, his great talents lay in football. After completing his national service he broke into the Middlesborough first team. His record as centre forward was phenomenal scoring 197 goals in 213 games. After Middlesborough, he moved to Sunderland before a knee injury brought an early end to his playing career. Despite a phenomenal goal scoring record he only played twice for England. Brian Clough then became the youngest football manager taking on Hartlepool in partnership with Peter Taylor. Under Clough and Taylor Hartlepool did well. This led to a chance to manage Derby. He built a formidable side which rose to the first division before winning the football championship. There then followed the ‘Leeds United episode’. He was invited to manage Leeds United, one of the great sides of the decade. However, his reign lasted only 44 days and he was evicted by ‘player power’ – after his cocky arrogant style conflicted with the fashionable Leeds United side. However, the set back at Leeds United was followed by his most successful period as manager at Nottingham Forest. In 18 years, he won many trophies including the League Championship, the European Championship twice and the League cup twice. His career ended with disappointment as Nottingham Forest were relegated in 1993. By 1993, Brian Clough was said to be a shadow of his former self as he was increasingly addicted to drinking. He himself admitted that drink had played a role in his (and Forest’s downfall) Nottingham Forest have never regained the success of the Clough years and currently languish in the Championship. Brian had a son – Nigel Clough who played under him at Nottingham Forest. His acerbic and outspoken style meant he was never considered for England manager. The English FA were probably worried he would run the show too much “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.” Looking back at his success.” – Quote by Brian Clough