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
The final word on Brian Clough
In this first full, critical biography, Jonathan Wilson draws an intimate and powerful portrait of one of England's greatest football managers, Brian Clough, and his right-hand man, Peter Taylor. It was in the unforgiving world of post-war football where their identities and reputations were made - a world where, as Clough and Taylor's mentor Harry Storer once said, 'Nobody ever says thank you.'
Nonetheless, Clough brought the gleam of silverware to the depressed East Midlands of the 1970s. Initial triumph at Derby was followed by a sudden departure and a traumatic 44 days at Leeds. By the end of a frazzled 1974, Clough was set up for life financially, but also hardened to the realities of football. By the time he was at Forest, Clough's mask was almost permanently donned: a persona based on brashness and conflict. Drink fuelled the controversies and the colourful character; it heightened the razor-sharp wit and was a salve for the highs of football that never lasted long enough, and for the lows that inevitably followed. Wilson's account is the definitive portrait of this complex and enduring man.