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Brian Clough Looking back on the career of Brian Clough it is hard not to get caught up in the hype surrounding his very public controversial statements that made more headlines than his successes ever did. But behind the man, the mouth and the legend that was Brian Clough the successes he achieved defied footballing logic, not once but twice he brought a lowly provincial club to the pinnacle of English football and to cap it all he won back to back European cups. His former players regularly tour the speaking engagement circuit regaling epic stories of Cloughie at his abrasive best, as many have said there was never a dull moment and he was pure box office. His influence was not just on his former players as some of the greatest football managers were inspired by him such as José Mourinho and Arsene Wenger who both waxed lyrical about the Cloughie style of management with the former quoted as saying of him: "He had this super profile, like he is Prime Minister" and Wenger stating that: "He’s a special person in English football. It is beyond his achievement, it’s his personality that has left a huge print in the history of the game". The greatest English football manager is gone but he will never be forgotten, so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Brian Clough quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Brian Howard Clough
  • Born: 21st March 1935, Middlesbrough, England
  • Died: 20th September 2004, Derby, England
  • Occupation: Footballer and football manager
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
  • Appearances and goals: He played a total of 274 games for Middlesbrough and Sunderland scoring 251 goals in the process
  • Controversy: In 1974 a players revolt forced him out as manager of Leeds United after just 44 days in the hot seat
  • Trivia: He is often described as "The best manager England never had"
  • Quotes about Brian Clough: Sir Alex Ferguson said about him: "He's done something unique. He's won two leagues with provincial teams, not the big guns, and he's won the European Cup twice in a row with a provincial team"
  • Former footballer Duncan McKenzie said of him: "He was box office, wherever he went. He broke the mold, had a different style of management to anyone else, he was an amazing man"
  • Ex Nottingham Forest player Kenny Burns was quoted as saying: "Cloughie is the greatest English manager ever, he saw things that nobody else could see, that was his beauty"

"The River Trent is lovely, I know because I have walked on it for 18 years"

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"Players lose you games, not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes"

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"I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one"

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"We had a good team on paper. Unfortunately, the game was played on grass"

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"Manchester United in Brazil? I hope they all get bloody diarrhoea"

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"If God had wanted us to play football in the sky, He'd have put grass up there"

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"I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud"

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"Rome wasn't built in a day. But I wasn't on that particular job"

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"I can't even spell spaghetti never mind talk Italian"

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"We talk about it for twenty minutes and then we decide I was right"

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"The ugliest player I ever signed was Kenny Burns"

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"Anybody who can do anything in Leicester but make a jumper has got to be a genius"

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"No cheating bastards do I talk to. I will not talk to any cheating bastards"

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"I'm dealing with my drinking problem and I have a reputation for getting things done"

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"I only ever hit Roy the once. He got up so I couldn't have hit him very hard"

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