Brian Clough is arguably the finest man-manager to ever have plied his trade in top-flight football in the UK. His name is synonymous with two things, Nottingham Forest and Derby County football clubs. He took these lower, second division (as was) East Midlands clubs from obscurity and turned them into national and European champions. With Nottingham Forest, Clough would become world famous for achieving unprecedented success in the 1970s and 1980s with their rise to the top flight, breaking the then monopoly of Liverpool, and winning back to back European Cups. He produced a long line of great players such as John McGovern, Martin O'Neil, Kenny Burns, John Robertson, Des Walker and Roy Kean. Apart from the football persona, he was a man who brooked no argument with anyone, no matter if they were club directors, the FA Chairman, or even the Prime Minister. Famous for his outspoken manner, ideals and beliefs, Brian Clough was a one off, and with his death football has lost a true sporting icon. Following on from his acclaimed biography of 1993, award winning sport's writer, Patrick Murphy now takes time to update the original book, and also add a poignant tribute to a close personal friend.
Patrick Murphy has reported on football and cricket for thirty years for the BBC in the Midlands, and covered Brian Clough's golden period as manager of Derby County and Nottingham Forest. He has written a wide variety of biographies including titles with Viv Richards, Ian Botham and Graham Gooch.