How Brian Clough was ahead of his time even at Leeds

Brian Clough - Nottingham Forest manager with his assistant Peter Taylor

Brian Clough was a revolutionary manager in the English game - even during his turbulent time at Leeds United, and against his own wishes.

As many people rightly know, Brian Clough is the greatest manager England never had, or at the very least one of them. The man transformed a number of different sides, taking them from the pits of the football league all the way up to domestic and European glory. He did it with Derby and Nottingham Forest, but unfortunately could not replicate the same success at Leeds.

Nottingham Forest Manager Brian Clough poses with the European Cup trophyNottingham Forest Manager Brian Clough poses with the European Cup trophy

Good old Cloughy lasted just 44 days at Elland Road, and it has been well documented as to why the move was such a catastrophic failure. Regardless, wherever he went including Leeds, the guy was always reinventing the game, whether he wanted too or not, in relation to the Whites.

Clough became the first manager to really modernise the game in terms of finances, which included signing Britain's first ever £1 million player in the form of Trevor Francis. Then at Leeds, he unknowingly gave a painful sign of things to come.

The former Forest man's early dismissal was unlike anything English football had really seen before. A high profile manager not being given any real time to succeed was unthinkable back in those days, but now it has set the precedent for a number of similar incidents throughout the game.

Love him or hate him, you cannot deny the impact of the one and only Brian Clough.

The statue of Brian CloughThe statue of Brian Clough

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