Nobody Ever Says Thank You Hardcover – Dec 20 2011
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A comprehensive new biography SPORT MAGAZINE (This) is the most comprehensive account we have had of this remarkable man so far. -- Rod Liddle SUNDAY TIMES There's no question, Wilson's done a hell of a job. Look no further for this year's must-have Christmas book. SEATPITCH The most researched BC book ever penned Shortlist 20111123 The definitive tome, a massive undertaking that charts his entire life rather than snippets of his career -- Ben East METRO 20111130 This is the first work to document properly Clough's early life, and indeed the complete life, from childhood in Middlesbrough to the booze-sodden befuddlement of early old age. As such, it is the first complete biography and Wilson, whose father watched Clough play for Sunderland at Roker Park in the early 60s, is a natural choice to write it. -- Barney Ronay THE OBSERVER Painstakingly researched, it's a hugely intimate portrait, with the mental impact of his ruined carer providing most intrigue. FOUR FOUR TWO Wilson's book covers 30 years of Cloughie's grandest deeds, and yet perhaps the most interesting thing about Clough is how his legend endures to this day. -- Tristan Freeman SUNDAY EXPRESS Wilson tracked down a wealth of witnesses and has marshalled a his material with a sure, skilful hand. -- Simon Redfern THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 20111201 Wilson has made his reputation as a highly original football writer with a series of books displaying a healthy, and rare, obsession with tactics. His Clough book benefits from this unusual approach. -- Mark Perryman MORNING STAR 20111224 Wilson superbly gets tp the heart of what made the former Nottingham Forest boss tick and gives a real insight into how he proved to be so successful...this book chronicles the life of a truly extraordinary character with a style that keeps you engrossed for every single page. -- Gareth Maher IRISH DAILY MAIL 20111224 (This) meaty one-volume biography of Clough will be probably as close to definitive as anyone ever gets. ...in this compelling book/ -- Liam Mackey IRISH EXAMINER 20111217 Jonathan Wilson's book on 'old big 'ead' is the most complete and in depth to date...Wilson's book is beyond compare. CHOICE MAGAZINE 20120101 Jonathan Wilson's mighty new biography...is a 565-page opus. -- Harry Pearson WHEN SATURDAY COMES 20120101
About the Author
Jonathan Wilson is the football correspondent for the FINANCIAL TIMES, and writes for the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH and GUARDIAN ON-LINE. His work has appeared in the INDEPENDENT, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, FOURFOURTWO and WHEN SATURDAY COMES. He is the critically acclaimed author of BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TRAVELS IN EASTERN EUROPEAN FOOTBALL, SUNDERLAND: A CLUB TRANSFORMED AND INVERTING THE PYRAMID: A HISTORY OF FOOTBALL TACTICS, which won a National Sporting Club award and was shortlisted for the WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR.
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His achievements, together with Peter Taylor were truly incredible.
The author can write and he certainly has done a lot of research. I did think he spent too much time in providing details of matches that didn't really matter that much and conversely not enough in describing events that were a lot more important.
At times he seemed to Judge Clough somewhat harshly whilst making allowances for all the other people accused of bribery and bungs etc. An example of this is the European cup semi-final against Juventus or the former Middlesbrough players who went on to serve time for corruption.
He does quite a good job in describing the good and not so good sides of Brian. Though I did think that " Provided you don't kiss me" did a better job in showing how he could be both amazing generous and also an appalling bully.
A sudden injury ended his career. With little education he pursues his next career in club management with a bottom club in the lowest division (with Hartlepools United). And he begins his partnership with Peter Taylor. They achieve promotion in their 2nd season and then everything falls apart in a series of feuds and accusations (a familiar pattern). And it's off to Derby. Under their leadership the team is rebuilt, wins promotion to the First Promotion, wins the Championship, and reaches the Semi Finals of the European Cup (which ends in controversy and a memorable blow up at the Italian Press), before unraveling in accusations and feuds (sound familiar?).
44 Days at Leeds United (without Peter Taylor) and a television feud with former Leeds Boss (and then England National Team Manager) Dan Revie captivates the nation and the infamous British Tabloids. By now Clough has crossed the line into full blown alcoholism. And then after reuniting with Taylor, it's off to Nottingham Forrest where they jump to the First Division and then win back to back European Cups (along with a couple of domestic Cups) before everything falls apart and Forrest is relegated.
What a ride.
Along the way Clough never gets the one jobs he always that he was destined for, the English National team. He never learned that the people he antagonized on the way up, can still be there on the way down, and they often have short memories.
One more reason to recommend this book is that the great Jonathan Wilson wrote the story. There are a number of books on/about "Cloughie" including at least 3 autobiographies but none of them work the way this book does.
I vividly remember sitting in the stands at the great Azteca Stadium at the 1986 World Cup Quarter-finals between England and Argentina (yes, the Hand of God game). Next to me were 2 English fans who had flown over night from London to Miami to Mexico City just to see this game). While the teams were warming up before the match, I asked them a simple question, how did you pronounce his last name? For the next 2 hours they regaled me stories of Cough's career, his feuds, and his larger than life personality. And I thought to myself "this would make a great book." Thanks to Jonathan Wilson, it has.
I concur with others about the overemphasis on details such as game scores, etc. For this reason, it took me longer than normal to read.