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Brian Clough Quotes

Brian Clough Quotes

"If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he'd have put grass up there."   On the importance of passing to feet. 

"I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one." Looking back at his success.

"Manchester United in Brazil? I hope they all get bloody diarrhea." On Man Utd opting-out of the FA Cup to play in the World Club Championship.

"I can't even spell spaghetti never mind talk Italian. How could I tell an Italian to get the ball - he might grab mine."  On the influx of foreign players.

"I bet their dressing room will smell of garlic rather than liniment over the next few months." On the number of French players at Arsenal.

"Who the hell wants fourteen pairs of shoes when you go on holiday? I haven't had fourteen pairs in my life." On the contents of Posh Spice's missing luggage. 

"Rome wasn't built in a day. But I wasn't on that particuar job."   On getting things done. 

"On occasions I have been big headed. I think most people are when they get in the limelight. I call myself Big Head just to remind myself not to be."  Old Big 'Ead explains his nickname.

Beckham? His wife can't sing and his barber can't cut hair.
Brian Clough

Don't send me flowers when I'm dead. If you like me, send them while I'm alive.
Brian Clough

I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud.
Brian Clough

I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed. I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me.
Brian Clough

I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.
Brian Clough

Telling the entire world and his dog how good a manager I was. I knew I was the best but I should have said nowt and kept the pressure off 'cos they'd have worked it out for themselves.
Brian Clough

That Seaman is a handsome young man but he spends too much time looking in his mirror rather than at the ball. You can't keep goal with hair like that.
Brian Clough

The river Trent is lovely, I know because I have walked on it for 18 years.
Brian Clough

They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but I wasn't on that particular job.
Brian Clough

Walk on water? I know most people out there will be saying that instead of walking on it, I should have taken more of it with my drinks. They are absolutely right.
Brian Clough

We used to go to the pictures every Saturday night but we had to leave a little bit early and get home and watch Match of the Day - and my wife still complains she missed the last five minutes of every film we saw.
Brian Clough

When I go, God's going to have to give up his favourite chair.
Brian Clough

When you get to a certain age, there is no coming back.
Brian Clough

Who the hell wants fourteen pairs of shoes when they go on holiday? I haven't had fourteen pairs in my life.
Brian Clough

"At last England have appointed a manager who speaks English better than the players." On the appointment of Sven Goran Eriksson as England manager. 

"If he'd been English or Swedish, he'd have walked the England job."  On Martin O'Neill. 

"Anybody who can do anything in Leicester but make a jumper has got to be a genius." A tribute to Martin O'Neill. 

"The ugliest player I ever signed was Kenny Burns." A Clough complement for a talented player.

"Don't send me flowers when I'm dead. If you like me, send them while I'm alive." After the operation which saved his life.

"Players lose you games, not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes."  Reflecting on England's exit from Euro 2000.

''That Seaman is a handsome young man but he spends too much time looking in his mirror, rather than at the ball. You can't keep goal with hair like that."  On England goalkeeper David Seaman. 

"I've missed him. He used to make me laugh. He was the best diffuser of a situation I have ever known. I hope he's alright." On the late Peter Taylor.  

"He's learned more about football management than he ever imagined. Some people think you can take football boots off and put a suit on. You can't do that."  On David Platt's first season as Forest manager. 

I've decided to pick my moment to retire very carefully - in about 200 years time.
Brian Clough

If a chairman sacks the manager he initially appointed, he should go as well.
Brian Clough

On occasions I have been big-headed. I think most people are when they get in the limelight. I call myself Big Head just to remind myself not to be.
Brian Clough

Players lose you games, not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes.
Brian Clough

"He should guide Posh in the direction of a singing coach because she's nowhere near as good at her job as her husband." Advice for David Beckham

"Barbara's supervising the move. She's having more extensions built than Heathrow Airport." On moving house in Derbyshire.

"We talk about it for twenty minutes and then we decide I was right." On dealing with a player who disagrees.

"I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed - I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me,"  On how he would like to be remembered.  

"It was a crooked match and he was a crooked referee. That was a tournament we could and should have won."  On the 1984 UEFA Cup semi-final Forest lost to Anderlecht.

"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." On not getting the England manager's job.

"You don't want roast beef and Yorkshire every night and twice on Sunday."  On too much football on television.

"I'm not saying he's pale and thin, but the maid in our hotel room pulled back the sheets and remade the bed without realising he was still in it." Referring to former Forest player Brian Rice.

"If a chairman sacks the manager he initially appointed, he should go as well."  On too many managers getting the boot. 

"Stand up straight, get your shoulders back and get your hair cut."  Advice for John McGovern at Hartlepool. 

"Take your hands out of your pockets." More advice, this time for a young Trevor Francis as he receives an award from the Master Manager.

"The Derby players have seen more of his balls than the one they're meant to be playing with." On the streaker who appeared during Derby's game against Manchester United. 

"I only ever hit Roy the once. He got up so I couldn't have hit him very hard." On dealing with Roy Keane.

"Walk on water? I know most people out there will be saying that instead of walking on it, I should have taken more of it with my drinks. They are absolutely right." Reflecting on his drink problem.

"I'm dealing with my drinking problem and I have a reputation for getting things done." A comment which speaks for itself.

"I thought it was my next door neighbour, because I think she felt that if I got something like that, I'd have to move." Guessing who nominated him for a knighthood.

"For all his horses, knighthoods and championships, he hasn't got two of what I've got. And I don't mean balls!" Referring to Sir Alex Ferguson's failure to win two successive European Cups.

"I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud." On women's football. 

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