Brian Clough Quotes – 7 Of The Best From The Late, Great Old Big ‘Ead

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Brian Clough quotes are the wet dreams of football fans who have become disillusioned by the pandering towards the modern day footballer divas. He was the greatest football manager that England never had, his arrogant approach was constantly justified by the success of the teams he managed (let’s not mention Leeds,) and he will forever go down as one of the greatest characters in football history, ladies and gentlemen the undisputed king of the quote, Brian Clough.

Brian Clough quotes the importance of modesty

Brian Clough quotes were unapologetically boastful - for good reasons.

Cloughie was never the one to be a shrinking violet.

“I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.”

Clough on the long ball approach

“If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there.”

Clough on history

Brian Clough unleashes another killer quote into the football world.

 “Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job.”

Clough on Roy Keane

Was old big 'ead the only man in English football to truly tame the beast that is Roy Keane?

Was old big ‘ead the only man in English football to truly tame the beast that is Roy Keane?

“I only ever hit Roy once. He got up so I couldn’t have hit him very hard.”

Clough on the shrewdness of others

Brian Clough turns the questions around on a petrified John Motson.

Gone too soon?

“I’m sure the England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I’d want to run the show. They were shrewd, because that’s exactly what I would have done.”

Clough on team politics

Brian Clough's Forest team bask in their moment.

“We talk about it for 20 minutes and then we decide I was right.”

Clough on why he left Martin O’Neill in the reserves

Martin O'Neill with intense focus.

“Because you’re too good for the first team.”

Brian Clough quotes will always be a timeless classic in the world of football. It is highly unlikely that there will ever be another Brian Clough, the closest we have in today’s game is Jose Mourinho but he severely lacks the level of class that Old Big ‘Ead had and that is what made him  a legend of the game, class, arrogance and success, a winning combination. Let us know your favourite Brian Clough quotes below.

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