The way I had discovered Brian Clough was actually through pure coincidence; I’d been browsing a variety of YouTube videos of esteemed managers and interviews, when I found one with Clough – A Calendar Special, so it was called. I remember being struck, as soon as Clough opened his mouth, by the way he seemed to control the room with what he said. Once he began to talk, other people listened. The more videos I watched, the more I realised that perhaps the most fascinating aspect about him was his unpredictability; you never knew what he was going to say next. And you could be sure that in most cases it was something controversial. He was indeed a inimitable character, one which will most likely never be seen in the footballing world again.
Although Clough was terribly brash and conceited, his career as a player, and a manager, stand to be seen. As Muhammed Ali once said, “It’s not bragging if you can back it up”, and Brian certainly could. He and Peter Taylor achieved unprecedented success during their managerial partnership at Derby and Nottingham Forest, ensuring that they’re both forever engraved in the annals of footballing history.
Clough’s autobiography was as good as I’d expected it to be, let’s leave it at that. It’s difficult to review a non-fiction book, but for anybody who respects Brian Clough and appreciates all the work he put into his forty-year career in football, it’s a purchase you won’t regret.