Long live 'Old Bighead'

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  • Pleasuredome

    LONDON, England -- Legendary English football manager Brian Clough has died after a battle with stomach cancer.

    The 69-year-old, one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in his sport, died on Monday at Derby City Hospital.

    Clough won back-to-back European Cup titles, in 1979 and 1980, during an 18-year spell in charge of Nottingham Forest.

    He also took Forest, a modest provincial club, to the 1978 English championship and four League Cup titles, after winning the 1972 league title with Forest's local rivals Derby.

    "This is a very sad day for everyone connected with Nottingham Forest Football Club," Forest chairman Nigel Doughty said in a statement.

    "The success he had here goes down as one of the great football achievements of all time.

    "Wherever you go in the world, the city has become synonymous with Robin Hood and Brian Clough and there is no doubt he has touched the lives of so many people in the area."

    Clough had suffered poor health in recent years and underwent a liver transplant in January 2003. In an autobiography published last year he admitted that he had been a heavy drinker.

    Clough's achievements as a manager overshadowed his earlier career as a prolific striker in his native north-east with Sunderland and Middlesbrough, where he scored 251 goals in 274 games and earned two England caps.

    The highlight of his career was Forest's 1-0 win over Malmo in the 1979 European Cup final, an achievement he repeated a year later when Forest beat Hamburg to retain their title.

    Taking charge of Forest in 1975 after a disastrous 44-day spell in charge of Leeds, Clough steered them to the English title in 1978 -- their first season after winning promotion from the second division.

    Forest's 42-match unbeaten run between November 1977 and December 1978 was only bettered last month by Arsenal.

    Brutally blunt

    Clough was brutally blunt about why he never received the highest accolade of being made England manager.

    "One reason I never became the England manager was because the FA thought I would take over and run the show........They were dead right," he said.

    Football Association chairman Geoff Thompson described Clough's death as "a great loss to the game".

    "On behalf of the FA, I would like to express my deepest sadness at the passing away of Brian Clough," said Thompson.

    "Brian was a unique figure in the game and one of the most successful managers we have ever known. We will be miss his company, his character and his insight.

    "This is a great loss to football, but we will always remember his considerable contribution to the English game."

    Derby County added their tribute with chief executive Jeremy Keith saying: "He was this club's greatest ever manager and, in the eyes of Rams supporters, the best the world has ever seen.

    "The contribution he made, not just to Derby County, but to the county itself, will remain as a lasting legacy to the man who had made Derby his home for the last 30 years."

    Former Forest captain Martin O'Neill, now manager of Celtic, said: "I knew he'd gone through a liver transplant but I thought things were pretty good, so it's a shock to me personally, and I'm very sad to hear that he's gone."


  • Pleasuredome
  • Pleasuredome

    the wisdom of brian clough....

    "If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he'd have put grass up there."
    - On the importance of keeping the ball on the ground.

    "On occasions I have been big headed. I think most people are when they get in the limelight. I call myself Big Head just to remind myself not to be."
    - Clough explains his nickname.

    "At last England have appointed a manager who speaks English better than the players." On Sven Goran Eriksson's appointment as England manager.

    "Anybody who can do anything in Leicester but make a jumper has got to be a genius."
    - A tribute to Martin O'Neill.

    "The ugliest player I ever signed was Kenny Burns."
    - A Clough compliment for a talented player.

    "Stand up straight, get your shoulders back and get your hair cut."
    - Advice for John McGovern at Hartlepool.

    "The Derby players have seen more of his balls than the one they're meant to be playing with."
    - On the streaker who appeared during Derby's game against Manchester United.

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

    "Walk on water? I know most people out there will be saying that instead of walking on it, I should have taken more of it with my drinks. They are absolutely right."
    - Reflecting on his drink problem.

    "I'm dealing with my drinking problem and I have a reputation for getting things done."
    - A comment which speaks for itself.

    "Don't send me flowers when I'm dead. If you like me, send them while I'm alive."
    - After the liver transplant operation in January which saved his life.

    "Players lose you games, not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes."
    - Reflecting on England's first round exit from Euro 2000.

    "We talk about it for twenty minutes and then we decide I was right."
    - On dealing with a player who disagrees.

    "I'm sure the England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I'd want to run the show. They were shrewd, because that's exactly what I would have done."
    - On not getting the England manager's job.

    "For all his horses, knighthoods and championships, he hasn't got two of what I've got. And I don't mean balls!"
    - Referring to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's failure to win two successive European Cups.

    "I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud."
    - On women's football.

    "That Seaman is a handsome young man but he spends too much time looking in his mirror, rather than at the ball. You can't keep goal with hair like that."
    - On England goalkeeper David Seaman.

    "I've missed him. He used to make me laugh. He was the best diffuser of a situation I have ever known. I hope he's alright."
    - On the late Peter Taylor, his long time colleague and friend.

    "Barbara's supervising the move. She's having more extensions built than Heathrow Airport."
    - On moving house in Derbyshire.

    "Manchester United in Brazil? I hope they all get bloody diarrhea."
    - On Man Utd opting-out of the FA Cup to play in the World Club Championship.

    "I can't even spell spaghetti never mind talk Italian. How could I tell an Italian to get the ball - he might grab mine."
    - On the influx of foreign players

  • fleaman uk
    fleaman uk

    "We talk about it for twenty minutes and then we decide I was right."
    - On dealing with a player who disagrees.

    Lol that was my favourite.

    Rip Cloughie.

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