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Big Head No Memory,
This review is from: Cloughie: Walking on Water: Walking on Water - My Life (Paperback)
What a woeful read.Brian Clough could have saved a huge amount of time if he had just told everyone he was perfect & left it at that. All his achievements were better than everyone else's,there was never a manager & possibly many forward's too touch him.
The lack of insight is astounding,as is the fact that in over 300 pages Bob Paisley,Jock Stein or Bertie Mee merit not a mention.Matt Busby & Bill Shankly are mentioned in passing but only for membership of the committee that turned Clough down for the England job & for membership of a pundit panel Clough was on not for their considerable achievements & Bill Nicholson is included because he included Clough for the Under 21's.In fact nobody but Clough ever achieved anything in football or so it seems.How he turned little Derby & Forest into behemoths is repeated endlessly as his ability to score in Division 2.Walter Winterbottom is criticised for not noticing this & capping Clough more than twice.Anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of Winterbottom's time as England manager know that the side was selected by an FA panel not the manager.This seems to have eluded Clough though & allows him to whine continuously.A hilarious claim that if Clough had stayed at Derby they would be as big as United,Liverpool & Arsenal now is laughable in the extreme.He forgets that after winning 2 European Cups with Forest he managed to get them relegated 12 years later without challenging for the title again so how would Derby now be gracing Camp Nou or San Siro he fails to mention.Even his much trumpted sorrow for Justin Fashanu seems more a case of I was wrong but it was still his fault not mine. As for his bile regarding Alex Ferguson it is a case of huge sour grapes. He continually mentions that Fergie has only won 1 European Cup,yet never mentions the Cup Winners Cup,& labels Alex "King Rat" which he tries to pass off as not a jibe.Kenny Dalglish is also mentioned only for his departure post-Hillsbrough & for buying a title at Blackburn,again his double & other league titles,including the 5-0 performance in 1988 that Tom Finney described as the greatest he had ever seen are not mentioned.Now who was it Liverpool played that night.Oh yes Nottingham Forest,must have slipped Clough's mind again.
If worthwhile tales of 50-90's football are what you are looking for avoid this book.If self-interested gloating is your thing enjoy.You have been warned.