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We Are the Damned United: The Real Story of Brian Clough at Leeds United Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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We are the Damned United Brian Clough's forty-four-day tenure as manager of Leeds United in 1974 is one of the most infamous episodes in British football history. This title reveals the true story, as told by the players he managed at the time. It includes contributions from legendary names such as Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray and Terry Yorath. Full description
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as others have said there isnt really enough new material for a book like this and there is too much filling out. very little new material in this and i was bored in quite a few places-( at no point did i feel like that reading the unforgiven!!)
IMO there is enough material with Leeds to produce a book from the nend of Revie to the onset of Relegation just 8 years later, as although the players who came in as the IMMEDIATE replacements of Bremner, Giles Charlton Clarke etc such as Joe Jordon Gordon Mcqueen Terry Yorath Brian Flynn Tony Currie werent quite in the same class, they were certainly good enough to have kept Leeds as a top 6 club.
the real decline seem to set in a couple of years before the side went down !!!
that should be the next book about thois once great club
I've had this book for a few months now, but in all that time i was a bit put off reading it. I'm a huge Brian Clough & Peter Taylor fan and have read nearly everything written about the pair. Including 'The Damned United'
Although i liked the story of TDU i was well aware that a lot of it had to be taken with a pinch of salt.
When the film of TDU came out i was absolutely disappointed by it. I had hoped it would turn around all the
negativity surrounding the book, but i found too many errors and inaccuracies in it to make it enjoyable.
What really annoyed me about the film, was the way it portrayed Don Revie and his Leeds United team as nothing but a dirty, cheating bunch of savages. People who know nothing about the style of Don Revie'management and how is team played and how successful they were will far too easily draw the conclusion that they were a vile bunch of untalented thugs.
And that is not fair.
Another reason i may have been put off reading this book was probably because in the back of my mind i thought it may have been a blatant rip off of TDU. Trying to cash in on all the publicity.
HOW WRONG CAN YOU BE ?!
This was a fantastic read that really tried to pick out the reasons why the Revie Leeds were so successful and why the Clough Leeds got it so wrong.
The player interviews really bring the story alive and also add to the truth, the truth as they saw it, inside the changing rooms, inside Elland Road.
I also thought this book might have been very one sided towards Leeds and would slate Clough at every turn. But it did not do that either. Yes it tells you about Clough's flaws and where he got it wrong, but it also tells you about his genius and how he got it so right.
Praise is even given to Peter Taylor and his significant role in the Clough - Taylor partnership. Had Taylor followed Clough to Leeds, the story could have been so different for all concerned.
A fantastic read.
Those looking for any real surprises will be disappointed. Many people, including former players, are interviewed, and a broad concensus is fairly easily reached: that Clough, for all his success at small club Derby, couldn't just smash down a bigger club's doors and change things overnight. Why Clough thought he could win over a rightly suspicious team of established players by telling them to bin all their hard-won medals is beyond me.
There's only so much you can write about a 44-day tenure, even with the background, build-up and aftermath, and I tend to agree with a previous reviewer who felt there was too much irrelevant material thrown in.
One inclusion, so far unmentioned by other reviewers, is part of the interview given by Norman Hunter. I think he comes about as close as any of the great Leeds side to admitting that Revie did bend the rules a bit, that he did in fact offer bribes. "There's no smoke without fire," he states. This I found disturbing and disappointing: for as a long-term Leeds "sympathiser" (I really do feel they were robbed on numerous occasions), I have always thought that the "dirty Leeds" tag and bribery allegations were pure sour grapes from opponents who just couldn't handle Leeds in the late 60s/early 70s.
All in all it's not a bad book, but it's not what I would call essential reading. THE UNFORGIVEN covers the same period and much else besides, and is I think a better book overall for anyone wishing to know about Leeds United's greatest years and not just Clough's time in charge.
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