His Way: The Brian Clough Story

Overview

An unlikely mixture qualities combined with sheer force of personality marked Brian Clough out as a truly unique figure in the history of English football. Alternately charming and infuriating, charismatic and ebullient, Cloughie defied the odds at every turn. Players, rivals and officials found him impossible to ignore, as did the media and the general public. His personal charisma and managerial talent were beyond doubt, he led Derby County and Nottingham Forest to domestic and European honours, and was ...

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Overview

An unlikely mixture qualities combined with sheer force of personality marked Brian Clough out as a truly unique figure in the history of English football. Alternately charming and infuriating, charismatic and ebullient, Cloughie defied the odds at every turn. Players, rivals and officials found him impossible to ignore, as did the media and the general public. His personal charisma and managerial talent were beyond doubt, he led Derby County and Nottingham Forest to domestic and European honours, and was idolised by thousands of fans, but Clough experienced highs and lows in a troubled and complex life. His Way examines Clough's frustration at an early end to a brilliant playing career, his unique partnership with Peter Taylor, failure to land the England manager's job, the quest for the FA Cup, the highly unconventional methods he used to motivate his players, and his sudden decision to retire, right up to his sad death in 2004. Author Patrick Murphy draws on his own memories of the great man and those of Clough's players to present a complete and Incisive portrait of one of the greatest managers in football.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861058492
  • Publisher: Anova Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Murphy is the author of a wide variety of biographies including titles with Viv Richards, Ian Botham, and Graham Gooch.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 At the Court of King Brian 1

2 Roy of the Rovers 20

3 Clough and Taylor 44

4 The Dream Factory 59

5 Revolting Times at Derby 79

6 Failure at Leeds 97

7 Stirrings in the Forest 115

8 England Rejection 129

9 The Years of Plenty 147

10 On the Slide 172

11 A Public Separation 180

12 Fighting Back 191

13 Annus Horribilis 214

14 The Number Nine 237

15 How Did He Do It? 248

16 The Final Curtain 270

17 The Life of Brian 282

Appendices

Brian Clough's Playing Career 303

Brian Clough's Managerial Career 305

Clough's managerial record season by season 306

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