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Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography by [Wilson, Jonathan]
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Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography Kindle Edition

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A comprehensive new biography (SPORT MAGAZINE)

(This) is the most comprehensive account we have had of this remarkable man so far. (Rod Liddle SUNDAY TIMES)

There's no question, Wilson's done a hell of a job. Look no further for this year's must-have Christmas book. (SEATPITCH)

The most researched BC book ever penned (Shortlist)

The definitive tome, a massive undertaking that charts his entire life rather than snippets of his career (Ben East METRO)

This is the first work to document properly Clough's early life, and indeed the complete life, from childhood in Middlesbrough to the booze-sodden befuddlement of early old age. As such, it is the first complete biography and Wilson, whose father watched Clough play for Sunderland at Roker Park in the early 60s, is a natural choice to write it. (Barney Ronay THE OBSERVER)

Painstakingly researched, it's a hugely intimate portrait, with the mental impact of his ruined carer providing most intrigue. (FOUR FOUR TWO)

Wilson's book covers 30 years of Cloughie's grandest deeds, and yet perhaps the most interesting thing about Clough is how his legend endures to this day. (Tristan Freeman SUNDAY EXPRESS)

Wilson tracked down a wealth of witnesses and has marshalled a his material with a sure, skilful hand. (Simon Redfern THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Wilson has made his reputation as a highly original football writer with a series of books displaying a healthy, and rare, obsession with tactics. His Clough book benefits from this unusual approach. (Mark Perryman MORNING STAR)

Wilson superbly gets tp the heart of what made the former Nottingham Forest boss tick and gives a real insight into how he proved to be so successful...this book chronicles the life of a truly extraordinary character with a style that keeps you engrossed for every single page. (Gareth Maher IRISH DAILY MAIL)

(This) meaty one-volume biography of Clough will be probably as close to definitive as anyone ever gets. ...in this compelling book/ (Liam Mackey IRISH EXAMINER)

Jonathan Wilson's book on 'old big 'ead' is the most complete and in depth to date...Wilson's book is beyond compare. (CHOICE MAGAZINE)

Jonathan Wilson's mighty new biography...is a 565-page opus. (Harry Pearson WHEN SATURDAY COMES)

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The final word on Brian Clough.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8722 KB
  • Print Length: 577 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409123170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409123170
  • ASIN: B00632YHOY
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having devoured everything written about Clough for the past 15 years, I purchased this book more from a completeness perspective rather than hoping to discover anything new. When this weighty tome arrived my fears were compounded, because at over 500 pages it wasn't to be tackled by the light hearted either. Easy holiday read it wasn't going to be. However, after managing to fit this into the luggage, I was pleasantly surprised. Whilst it is detailed, it does in my opinion, provide a definitive biography of one of the most celebrated managers of all time. Yes, it does make many references of the other published work (all of which I have read) but in a conextual way and with the ultimate objective of providing a balanced view of the great man. The other biographies (Hamilton's in particular)are doubtless more amusing, but paint Clough in the usual misty eyed way. This presents him with all of the idiosyncracies and complexities he clearly had, some of which will make even the most committed wince. The drinking issue was clearly prevalent at various points in his career and whilst it seemingly lurched out of control during those last few years at Forest, it was by no means exclusive to that final ill fated season.

Ultimately though balance comes to the fore. Peter Taylor's contribution in their most productive phase starts to get the recognition that hasn't really been seen in other works. Equally, the lack of recognition he received (not just from other writers and career stakeholders, but from Clough himself) is redressed somewhat. Everything the pair touched ultimately did not turn to gold and on several occasions both their personal and professional judgements are called into question.
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There have been too many books about Brian Clough. And - like many, I think - I've read quite a few of them. I only bought this because it is by Jonathan Wilson: Inverting the Pyramid really is that good. While this one is not a wholly satisfactory experience, it is certainly worth reading. But for me there is a quite superb (and much shorter) book hiding inside it. Wilson has structured his book in five chronological sections, but for this reader it resolved itself into three ... the second of which is excellent:
The first couple of hundred pages cover Clough's childhood, playing career and management up to the Derby title win in 1972. It's done well, with some elegant and pithy writing: the reference to the "triangle of loathing" between Clough, Don Revie and Bob Stokoe is a good example. But all this is well-worn ground, and to be honest Wilson seems to add little to what's already out there, while relying heavily on contemporary press reporting. It has to be said, though, that having set out to write a full-length biography, it is difficult to see what else he could have done here.
The book really takes off with the 110-odd pages covering the final period at Derby to the end of the Leeds affair. Equally well-worn material of course, but Wilson produces the most even-handed, entertaining and convincing treatment I've read in a section that reads like a good novel while dispassionately sticking to the evidence. Quite a feat.
The third section - the rest of the book - doesn't quite hit that standard, but it keeps you reading. The handling of the break with Taylor, and of the final events at Forest in 1993, are particularly illuminating. Rather oddly, though, the book pretty much ends there.
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This book trawls through Brian Clough's career as a player and a manager.

The source material is generally second hand.....old match reports, newspaper articles, biographies and well worn stories. Occasionally he cuts through Brian's own autobiographical errors. There is evidence purloined from some peripheral associates but you never get the feeling that the author ever got close to Clough or his family.

The book is very mixed in quality. Some errors are forgivable....for example, the Peter Daniel who played for Wolves was NOT the Peter Daniel who played for Clough at Derby.......some are not.....how can anyone mis-spell Dave Mackay ??? (its MACKAY not McKAY)... this might seem trivial but it isn't. We are talking about one of the greats. M A C K A Y. Ok?

At times his descriptions also beggar belief. He describes Kenny Burns as a player Clough converted into a 'cultured' central defender who was in the same mould as Colin Todd, Bobby Moore or Dave Mackay ??? What???? Kenny Burns was an effective defender but he was a clogger. No one in their right mind would put the words Kenny Burns and cultured in the same paragraph never mind the same sentence.

As the story proceeds the author starts to offer his own ideas and criticisms of Brian Clough and his behaviour....particularly the way he set about the job at Leeds; and by the end of the book the author seems to positively dislike Brian Clough the man. He describes him increasingly as an idle, violent, drunken and dishonest hypocrite - a dictator with a tyrants typical faults and foibles. His death is mentioned almost as a casual aside.

Brian Clough comes across a multi-faceted character hell bent on conflict and self-destruction. If so, then why?
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