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.
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.
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.