Brian Clough is no ordinary football manager. He has walked on water at Nottingham Forest and through hellfire at one or two other clubs without once conceding an inch to anybody. Even his enemies are mesmerized. Tony Francis has talked at length to more than 200 people about Clough, including former partner Peter Taylor and his current chairman Fred Reacher. Why, despite his television attacks on his own supporters, did he remain his people's choice as England manager for so long?. What is the Trent Enders view of the man they used to worship whose behaviour gets stranger and stranger and whose bloated face turns even more purple? Why did Fred Reacher feel he has to issue him a warning? This book traces Clough's life from early Middlesbrough days and the knee injury that crippled him as a centre forward to the outspoken Hartlepeool manager who toppled the chairman, the idolized Derby manager who resigned on the eve of glory, the Leeds manager who told Revie's men they had won all their trophies by cheating and the triumphant Nottingham Forrest manager who took his team from nowhere to the peak of Europe and seemingly back down again.
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Brian Clough is an extraordinary man and an extraordinary manager. Never far from the headlines, a great motivator of players, a frequent thorn in the side of administrators, a manager who has caused great controversy…this is the story of Cloughie. From early playing days, through management at Hartlepool, Derby, Brighton, Leeds and Nottingham, from press conference to party political broadcast, from lying in a pool of snow with a career-crippling injury to running around the perimeter track at Munich, holding Forest’s European Cup aloft, what a story it is.
Incredibly, considering the achievements of Clough’s career, it is also a story of what might have been: if he had not been injured at the peak of his career, if he had stayed with Leeds United when they were the best side in the country and if he had been given the England manager’sjob that every football fan in the country thought was his by right.
There’s possibly nobody in football can claim to be Clough’s confidant, but Tony Francis probably knows the man better than most. This fully revised and updated biography, resulting from more than two hundred interviews with those whose lives have been touched by Cloughie, takes us behind the scenes and away from the camera , in conversation with players and directors, family and friends. Clough – A Biography reveals the complicated man beneath the bluff exterior and brings the story to the present day, where Brian Clough lives where he always has done – in the headlines.
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