Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The BiographyPaperback
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- Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- Format: Paperback | 576 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 38mm | 458g
- Publication date: 31 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0753828715
- ISBN 13: 9780753828717
- Sales rank: 69,684
In this first full, critical biography, Jonathan Wilson draws an intimate and powerful portrait of one of England's greatest football managers, Brian Clough, and his right-hand man, Peter Taylor. It was in the unforgiving world of post-war football where their identities and reputations were made - a world where, as Clough and Taylor's mentor Harry Storer once said, 'Nobody ever says thank you.' Nonetheless, Clough brought the gleam of silverware to the depressed East Midlands of the 1970s. Initial triumph at Derby was followed by a sudden departure and a traumatic 44 days at Leeds. By the end of a frazzled 1974, Clough was set up for life financially, but also hardened to the realities of football. By the time he was at Forest, Clough's mask was almost permanently donned: a persona based on brashness and conflict. Drink fuelled the controversies and the colourful character; it heightened the razor-sharp wit and was a salve for the highs of football that never lasted long enough, and for the lows that inevitably followed. Wilson's account is the definitive portrait of this complex and enduring man.
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Jonathan Wilson is the football correspondent for the FINANCIAL TIMES, and writes for the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH and GUARDIAN ONLINE. His work has appeared in the INDEPENDENT, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, FOURFOURTWO and WHEN SATURDAY COMES. He is the critically acclaimed author of a series of sports titles, including INVERTING THE PYRAMID: A HISTORY OF FOOTBALL TACTICS, which won a NATIONAL SPORTING CLUB AWARD and was shortlisted for the WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR.
By john Anderson 21 Oct 2013
An amazingly thorough account of the man.
Almost too detailed as it nearly has a line or two about every game he was ever involved in.
It is very objective poking holes in many of the stories Clough himself told and embellished.
Overall enjoyable but a real elephant of a book... read it in lots of small chunks!!
The most comprehensive account we have had so far of this remarkable man. -- Rod Liddle THE SUNDAY TIMES