Friday, February 25, 2011

Cloughie, The Brian Clough Story

An insight into one of the more famous names in the world of
football, Brian Clough. The highlights include football action from his  former club days and interviews about his career and his private life. 
As a young manager he impressed at Hartlepools before going to Derby and steering them to the 1971-2 League Championship with his assistant Peter Taylor. It was a remarkable feat, for Derby had been in the doldrums for years before Clough and Taylor rekindled their tire. After a row at Derby which stemmed from the club's embarrassment at Clough's outspoken remarks on television and in newspapers, he and Taylor moved to Brighton and il was there that Clough accepted a five-year contract reported to be worth £20,000 a year. His association with Brighton was brief and although Taylor remained at the Goldstone Ground, elevated to manager, Clough eagerly accepted the opportunity to replace Revie at Leeds. He arrived at Elland Road with traîner Jimmy Gordon and immediately began a new-broom approach. Sweeping changes began when he paid £250,000 to Nottingham Forest for Duncan McKenzie, and £125,000 to his old club, Derby County, for John McGovern and John O'Hare.

 But early results were disappointing for United and amid rumours of an unhappy dressing-room atmosphere, Clough was sensationally sacked after only 44 days in office. Before a League Cup game against Huddersfield, chairman Manny Cussins met the players and detected a great deal of unrest and apprehension. The directors called a special board meeting and agreed to part company with their new manager.
Newspapers reported that 'player power' was behind Clough's dismissal, but Cussins said that the decision had been taken for the good of the club. Clough, who won much sympathy after the incident, commented: "I think it is a very sad day for Leeds and for football."

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