Remembering "Old big 'ead"

Today, legendary manager Brian Clough would have been 77 years of age. Football El Mundo is remembering Cloughie today. If ever there was a character in the beautiful game – he certainly was one. His incredible interviews, his famous spats with Don Revie, and exactly what he achieved in the game are why he will never be forgotten.

Of course, not to mention that we’ll remember him for some of his quotes such as:

  • “Beckham? His wife can’t sing and his barber can’t cut hair.”
  • “They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I wasn’t on that particular job”
  • “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. “
  • “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one”
  • “I only ever hit Roy (Keane) the once. But he got up so I couldn’t have hit him very hard”

Like I said, somewhat legendary. Check out the (partly fictional) biopic The Damned United if you haven’t seen it before – Michael Sheen’s portrayal of Cloughie is brilliant to say the least.
People say Madrid manager José Mourinho is an impressive character in the beautiful game. Well, he’s certainly no Brian Clough and never will be – Old big ‘ead truly was one in a million.