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Brian Clough

Brian Clough
Personal information
Full nameBrian Howard Clough
Date of birth21 March 1935
Place of birthMiddlesbrough, England
Date of death20 September 2004(age 69)
Place of deathDerby, England
Playing positionStriker

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Brian Howard Clough, OBE (21 March 1935 20 September 2004) was an English footballer and football manager. He is most notable for his success with Derby County and Nottingham Forest. His achievement of winning back-to-back European Cups with Nottingham Forest, a traditionally moderate provincial English club, is considered to be one of the greatest in football history. Charismatic, outspoken and often controversial, Clough is widely considered to be one of the greatest managers of the English game and the greatest English manager never to have managed the England team. He is closely associated with Peter Taylor, who worked with him as his assistant manager at various clubs in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

On being asked about his attitude towards the England selectors he replied, "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".

In January 2009, four years after Brian Clough's passing, Nigel Clough, following his father's footsteps, became manager of Derby County. Nigel had preceded this with a 10-year spell as manager of Burton Albion, where Peter Taylor also had managed.

Brian Clough was portrayed by Michael Sheen in the 2009 film The Damned United.

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