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Brian Clough by Jonathan Wilson

Release date: 19th November, 2011
Publisher: Orion

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It's taken seven years, but finally we have an authoritative biography of a football manager who many consider to rank among England's greatest. Jonathan Wilson's Brian Clough is a well-researched and thorough account of an extraordinary life.

The underlying tale of how Clough directed both Derby County, and later Nottingham Forest, to unprecedented success by motivating and cajoling his players, many of whom were previously considered not good enough to capture honours, is supplemented with a series of anecdotes and memories of those who knew him well. This is not simply a book for Rams or Forest fans either. Perfect Boxing Day material.



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An old time mentor and manager Harry Storer told Brian Clough 'nobody ever says thank you'. Cloughie never forgot these words. Jonathan Wilson has produced a marvellous biography of a brilliant, difficult, cocky man that has been on any sports field, let alone soccer.

Clough's playing career was ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury playing for Sunderland against Bury in 1962. It is difficult to know how this affected his attitude to the game as a non-player and whether frustration or bitterness affected his approach to the game that drove him on. Despite his goal-scoring ratio, he won only a handful of England caps.

Clough and Peter Taylor started in management at Hartlepool, leaving in 1967 for Derby County. Using his guile and authority (with Taylor's eye for talent-spotting), he signed players such as Archie Gemmill and Roy McFarland and won the 1971 First Division title. By this time Clough was falling out with all and sundry. Heavy drinking was a major factor in his leaving Derby along with disputes with the chairman.

After a brief liaison with Brighton, Clough accepted the reins at Leeds United. The '42 Days' legend, but Clough was sacked and took up with Nottingham Forest. A competent second division side, taking them to a 1978 league title and two European cup wins. He eventually fell-out with most people including Peter Taylor.

Brian Clough was unconventional and erudite. A bully-boy, arrogant, he managed to extract performances from players who were not obvious star-material that no other manager could achieve.

Giving up the drink lead him to be involved with junior football in Derby, supporting his son Nigel. A liver transplant in 2003 followed from his alcohol abuse. "Drink" Clough admitted, "became more important to me than the anguish I was creating for those I loved most".


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