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Here, Jonathan Wilson seeks to get behind the over-used TV clips and soundbites, and presents the detailed life and times of the greatest manager England never had. Clough was a man fiercely driven to succeed and this book is a portrait of a man who was a deep thinker about the game, and who overachieved at considerable cost....

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ISBN : 13047332
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Number of Pages : 550 Pages
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  • Dimensions
    2019-04-13 17:27

    It's a fair criticism of this book to say it focuses on Clough the manager rather than Clough the man. There are so many enjoyable anecdotes from his professional life though, that the book doesn't go short of content.While it is probably not necessary to record every single result of his career, as the book does, there are so many stories about Clough from his former players bordering on the unbelievable, that this biography does not get boring.As Clough grew older and his wits became less sharp due to A drinking problem, he became as the author puts it "a parody of himself", for this reason, and despite all the memorable stories from his late Forest days - punching Roy Keane, bust ups with supporters, arranging a pre game drinking session before the European Cup final - the best part of this book is when Clough is building Derby County into a title winning side in the early 70s. There you find Clough at his unpredictable and brilliant best, galvanising a group of players like nobody else could. It is easy to look at the weird, wonderful and often comical side of Clough and ignore his incredible achievements as a manager, which are there in black and wine. Twice he took a team from the bottom of the 2nd division to champions of the country within 5 years, it is doubtful whether this will ever be done again.

  • Abdul
    2019-04-06 11:24

    Brian Clough was the greatest British Manager ever to grace this world. This book offers an intimate portrait of the man and his times. Jonathan Wilson shines in his biography of the great Cloughie.

  • Trevor Smith
    2019-03-27 11:30

    Great read, warts n all and the first birth to the death blog of the greatest manager of them all.

  • Allan Heron
    2019-04-01 14:22

    Brian Clough was undoubtedly one of the most fascinating of the football managers on whom the desscription of legend sits easily.His time at Derby and Nottingham Forest have produced a plethora of books that focus on his achievements with a more limited (but more detailed) focus. His rivalry with Revie and his short stay at Leeds United fill a few more books.This book looks at the whole life of the man and provide strong cases for the incidents in his upbringing that drove the man. The man's many contradictions are laid bare and it's not always easy reading when you realise that one of your idols really has feet of clay.But looking at his career as a whole helps to provide some useful points beyond the peaks he reached with Derby and Forest.Firstly, his time at Brighton was not as barren as it seemed at the time. Indeed, they followed the same pattern as had Clough in his early times at Hartlepools and Derby. Had he stayed and been obliged to focus more fully on the job, perhaps it might have been Brighton who went all the way to glory.Secondly, there's a more nuanced review of his time at Leeds. It would be fair to say that Clough made wrong decision after wrong decision while at Leeds. The squad itself was less united (sic) than some stories would have you believe and it was not impossible for Clough to work his magic but, ultimately, he was the one who messed up.Thirdly, Clough's record in the 1980's with Forest right up to that last fateful season more than stand up to scrutiny especially bearing in mind the financial limitations at the club.And, yes, Clough and Taylor were a magnificent double act but there's enough to show that Clough was still formidable on his own account.There's no hiding from Clough's considerable darker side and the impact of alcohol on his life. But the achievements of the man are not to be denied, and we are unlikely to see his like ever again.

  • Finbarr
    2019-04-13 18:27

    As much as I enjoyed the book, I expected it to have more of a focus on Clough's life away from football. Quite why I did - given the fact that Wilson is one of the best football journalists about - I don't know. But while I came away far more knowledgable about a manager whose best achievements predated my own interest in the game (I was born in 1983), so interesting is his character, I craved to know more about his private life.As it is, the little hints Wilson gives us into his life as a father, husband and, general non-football man are fascinating. That he's a good cook, an overprotective father, a night-club speaker and a pub-frequenter are all things I wish the book had told us more about. Otherwise, the book's as astute and well-informed as Wilson's encyclopaedic other tomes

  • Vuk Trifkovic
    2019-04-03 14:23

    Super studious, super informative from an outstanding football writer. Now, I know that the whole point was to finally write a detailed biography of Clough. However, the start rather gets drowned in the detail. I mean, do we really need to know almost every result of his playing career? The detail still works once he is a manager, but I think bit of editing in the first 150 pages would have helped.What's really amazing is that there is no clumsy final chapter or conclusion, or lessons learned. It's just so well drawn out that it manages to stay a factual biography. What you make of Clough it's down to you...

  • Matt
    2019-03-31 19:39

    A truly comprehensive account of this fascinating man's life. Despite it being a pretty weighty tome, it didn't feel overlong and I could have kept reading more - probably because of the unpredictable nature of the character. Full of great little stories and not afraid to dismiss others and criticise him, the only negative for me was the fact it felt like it gave you the results of every match in his career, which got a bit repetitive.

  • Steve Bennett
    2019-04-01 14:19

    An anti-hero f mine, brash at times vulgar and on the brink of corruption but an absolutely compelling man. The book speaks of a time before the profligacy of the modern football era, of mud, bungs, hard men but also the awareness and astuteness required to bring the best out of people. Some life lessons and a marvellous evocation of a time long since gone.

  • Kay Smillie
    2019-03-21 13:27

    A definitive look back at the life of Brian Clough although his years after retiring are scantly covered. Having said that this was a fascinating read about the idiosyncrasies of a top manager who slipped into the sad world of alcohol dependency. There never was and never will be anyone quite like Brian Clough in the world both inside and outside football.Ray Smillie

  • Luke O'Neill
    2019-04-06 18:13

    not five stars as end of career and after retirement felt rushed.

  • Jeff Randall
    2019-04-13 19:25

    Great read, though very much a box score read at times, really only focus is on Cloughie the coach, instead of the man.

  • Danprain
    2019-04-18 18:16

    one of the best football books i've ever read - jonathan wilson is all class. As for brian clough, an awesome character, dont seem to breed folk like him anymore.