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Cloughie: Walking on Water My Life Hardcover – 19 Aug 2002

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st edition (19 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747265674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747265672
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether it was winning league championships, landing back-to-back European Cups or riding the tidal wave of booze that washed him out of the game in 1993, there has never been any question of Brian Clough "quietly" getting on with things--and retirement hasn't changed that, as his boisterous new autobiography Cloughie--Walking on Water demonstrates.

The man who in the twilight of his successful and controversial managerial career habitually proffered a paternal cheek for embarrassed reporters to kiss goodbye, has clearly lost none of his distaste for any convention he hasn't started himself, or his delight in causing a stir. The book is crammed with frank opinions, fruitily expressed: from analysing today's game (Arsene Wenger's all-conquering Arsenal: "a bad-tempered, bad-mannered team" that "leave a nasty taste"); pithily settling ancient scores (on how he became Hartlepool manager: "Their chairman, a little bloke called Ernie Ord who turned out to be an absolute shit, offered me the job."); or taking the "broad view" of the game in general (coaches stepping up to be managers: "by and large these are men who tend to drown in their own self-delusion").

Certainly, much of the history in this book got pretty solid coverage in his original autobiography nearly 10 years previously, but an older, wiser Cloughie has had time to consider matters. On the whole he's still sure he was right all along, but now there are counter-melodies to the familiar trumpeting. Some bitterness, some regret, too, at cruelties he perpetrated, or allowed to stand; at his swan-song season, when, grip loosened by drink, he let his beloved Forest slip out of the Premiership; and mostly that he never orchestrated a reconciliation with deceased sidekick Peter Taylor, after a petty dispute had poisoned the most important relationship of his football life.

It's this flavour of lament in the blend of rheumy-eyed reflection and full-flowing rant, that reminds us they just don't make them like Brian any more. Yes, Cloughie sometimes loses its way--lurching from one subject to another, or going back over the same ground—-and the trademark boasting has long since become a rather boring self-parody, but the light still burns, and it's not hard to feel grateful for that. --Alex Hankin

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A superb read...Cloughie doesn't pull any punches (Front)

The football book of the year (Sun)

Cloughie excels as an analyst of football management and coaching, his thoughts and case studies worth the price alone ... He's one of a kind. (Mat Snow, FourFourTwo)

Clough plays to his strengths, admits his weaknesses and is never short of an opinion (Warren Shore, Sunday Times)

Entirely absorbing (Tim Rich, Independent)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs K Jarvis on 17 Dec. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the second Biography by Brian Clough, and in this book I feel he was trying to make amends with Peter Taylor, as so much praise (and rightly so) was heaped on him. It made me think that Brain has had time to reflect and realise that life is too short to hold grudges. Albeit a good read and an honest account as usual of the way he has dealt with things, why they never made him England manager we will never know.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Cloughie was, is and, in my humble opinion (and probably his) the BEST footie manager EVER. Is this book he expands upon the theme's started in his first autobiography. Though, where his first book was very anacdotal and almost removed, this effort is a great deal more personal. Clough exposes himself as a flawed human being, something he would rarely admit to during his bravdo days as a football manager. And you'll love him more for it. A football genius and, as this book reveals, also a good man.
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Book was in excellent condition, packaging was top notch as was all round service. The price most of all was the best thing.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Fairly disappointed with what seems to be a book produced merely to top up the pension of the once great man. The book covers the milestones within the career of Brian Clough but does not really offer any insight into the juicy aspects of the football world that I would have expected from a man previously not shy of letting his true feelings be known. There is no real coverage of his interaction with his players on an individual basis nor are there any specifics in terms of matches played and the 'inside' view. This kind of 'fly on the wall information' is what I was really expecting. What is really said behind dressing room doors - fans these days get to see football from all angles with the advent of Sky, but it is the interaction between manager and player(s) that is really what the average fan wants to hear.
The other disappointing aspect of this book is the fact that Mr Clough spends a disproportionate amount of time on those areas of his life that he is not so well known for. For example one of the most controversial episodes (his 44 days at Leeds) is really skirted around at the expense of finding out that he came from a large family and was close to his mother. There is also no mention of his interview (from the inside) for the England job, nor a detailed analysis of the players he has worked with, beyond a favoured few.
All in all, quite disappointing - and it does not do justice to one of the games largest personalities.
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