Brian Clough is remembered as much for his sharp-wittedness as he is his achievements in football, and the footballing world still mourns the loss of the legendary boss 17 years after his death at the age of 69 in 2004.
Cloughie is regarded as one of the all-time greats in the dugout after leading Nottingham Forest to back-to-back European Cup wins in 1979 and 1980.
Thursday marks the anniversary of the second victory, where a 1-0 win over Hamburg turned Clough’s side from greats into immortals.
Both before and after the cup wins, Clough had the true gift of the gab – and that is what endeared him to the world before his untimely passing.
So, in tribute to the great man, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of Cloughie’s greatest-ever quotes…
The ultimate list of Brian Clough’s greatest-ever quotes
'That Jose Mourinho's got a lot to say for himself. He reminds me of what I was like at his age – but I was better looking.'
'We don't like the French and they don't like us, but they picked a plum out with that Wenger bloke.' – on Arsenal topping Nottingham Forest's 42-match unbeaten run.
'Rome wasn't built in a day, but I wasn't on that particular job.'
'Some idiots say my players live in fear of me. It's just that they know where they stand with me – that's the difference.'
'Don't walk on my pitch with your high heels on. Mind you, they go with your earrings.' – to a bunch of fashion-conscious opposition players.
'It hurt a great deal but the FA knew I thought they were all as weak as piss-water.' – on not getting the England job.
'I didn't blame him for going to Italy, but I made him buy a house for his mam and dad. It was the first they'd owned – they deserved it.' – on Des Walker's move to Juventus.
'I've lost to a team that sounds like a firm of solicitors.' – on Brighton's 4-0 FA Cup defeat to part-timers Walton and Hersham.
'He was the slowest player on the staff. Probably because of all the nightclubs he told me he didn't visit.' – on Teddy Sheringham.
'How would I have handled Eric Cantona after that kung fu kick? I'd have cut his balls off.'
'Can that young Wayne Rooney live with all the hype?. If he's as thick as I think he is – yes!'
'I call myself Big 'Ead to remind myself not to be one.'
'Champagne socialist? Of course I am, but the difference between me and a good Tory is that he keeps his money while I share mine about a bit.'
'Sacking me was a very bad day for Leeds United and a very bad day for football.'
'What is the point of giving you the ball when there's a genius out on the left wing?' – to Martin O'Neill on the playing merits of John Robertson.
'You may have 'A' levels, but you're thick as a footballer.' – to Martin O'Neill.
'Whenever I felt a bit off-colour I'd go and sit next to John Robertson – then I looked like Errol Flynn.'
'I called Robbo the fat man, but give him the ball and he was an artist. He was the Picasso of our game.' – on John Robertson.
'It's bullshit. A Rolls Royce is always a Rolls Royce and it's the same with the England strip. There's no need to mess about with it' – on garish new Admiral England strip.
'Bugger me, it's no wonder you lot lost the war!' – on being delayed and consequently late for pre-1979 European Cup final Press Conference in Munich.
'Why is that a nation with the technology to put a television in my wrist watch can't grow some bloody grass in its Olympic Stadium.' – before 1981 World Club Championship in Tokyo.
'You don't put snowdrops in the ground and expect them to come up the next month. It's the same with football teams – you have to nurture them.'
'He was standing there with his back to me. It had a big No1 on it and I told him there and then 'There's only one No1 at this club and it isn't you!' on Peter Shilton.
'Hey, big head. Just win the ball and then give it to someone who can play with it.' To Larry Lloyd.
'The only agent back then was James Bond and he only shafted women – not entire football clubs.' On the rise to prominence of football agents.
'Hey, Hitler only took half an hour to get through the place and he stopped for 20 minutes to have tea. The Dutch were waving him through.' – on Holland(he loved the place).
'Can you imagine any other profession where NOT doing something makes you better at it? It's ridiculous. A pianist learns to play by spending hours at the keyboard.' – on players being asked to run around, rather than practice with the ball.
'Actually the half-time Oxo was was better than he was, but I signed him anyway.' – on signing Garry Birtles.
'Most directors are shithouses and backstabbers who would have given Julius Caesar a good going over.'
'You know why Peter Shilton is built like a brick shithouse – it's nothing to do with bodybuilding, it's from carrying around all that money I pay him.'
'You'll get it when you learn how to play with it properly.' – on Peter Withe's request for match ball after scoring four goals against Ipswich.
'I'm not saying he's thin and pale, but the maid in our hotel made his bed the other day and didn't realise he was still in it.' – on Forest player Brian Rice.
'People said you could drop off the end of the world there. Sometimes I wished I had.' – on going to Hartlepool.
'Don't worry too much about what to do, just give the ball to John Robertson and he'll do the rest.' – to first £1m footballer Trevor Francis.
'I'm sure England's selection committee thought I'd want to run the whole damn show. They were shrewd then, because that's exactly what I would have done.'
'I'll talk to a player for 20 minutes and then we'll decide I was right after all.'
'Forget it! I don't want troublemakers; I don't want shithouses and I don't want an ugly sod like Kenny Burns littering up my football club.' – on Peter Taylor's suggestion that they should sign Kenny Burns.
'When I signed Peter Shilton, Stoke's chairman said he was brilliant but he would get me the sack. I told him straight 'He's not that fucking brilliant!'
'Real fame is when they spell your name right in Karachi and ordinary fame is when Mike Yarwood does an impression of you.'
'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 only ever hit Roy Keane once. He got up, so I couldn't have hit him very hard.'
'At last… England have appointed someone who speaks better English than the players.' – on Sven Goran Eriksson getting England job.
'Shilton was head and shoulders above Clemence. Alternating the two was a massive insult to Shilton.' – on policy to rotate Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence for England.
'Players lose you games – not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who couldn't win a game of dominoes.'
'I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and getting covered in mud.' – on the rise in popularity of women's football.
'Anyone who can do anything well in Leicester apart from making a jumper has just got to be a genius.' – on Martin O'Neill's success at Leicester City.
'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 David Seaman's pony-tail.
'It should be a rule that if a chairman sacks a manager he appointed in the first place, then he should bloody well go as well.'
'I think it might have been my next-door-neighbour because I think she felt that if I got something like that, I would have to move.' – on guessing who had nominated him for a knighthood.
'Who the hell wants to take 14 pairs of shoes on holiday? I haven't had 14 pairs in my life.' – on the revelation of just what was in Victoria Beckham's missing luggage.
'He doesn't need a coach to play football but she does to sing. She's nowhere near as good at her job as her husband.' – on Posh Spice.
'Don't send me flowers when I'm dead. If you like me, send me some when I'm alive.'
'I don't want any epitaphs of profound history and all that type of nonsense. I would just hope they'd say I contributed and that somebody liked me.'
'On occasions I have been big-headed. I think most people are when they get in the limelight.'
'I'm dealing with my drinking problem and I have a reputation for getting things done.'
'Football hooligans? Well, there are 92 football club chairmen for a start.'
'We used to go the pictures every Saturday night but we had to leave a little bit early and get home to watch Match of the Day. To this day my missus complains that she's missed the last five minutes of every film we saw.'
'The River Trent is lovely. I should know, because I've walked on it for 18 years.'
'Me, walk on water? There's one or two people out there saying instead of walking on it I should take more of it with my drinks. Hey, and they're absolutely right.'
'David Beckham? I do know a couple of things about that young man – his wife can't sing and his barber can't cut hair.'
'I've decided to pick my moment to retire very carefully… it's in about 200 years time.'
'I'm not saying Arsenal have got a lot of French players but their dressing room smells more of garlic than liniment.'
'I adore roast beef and Yorkshire pudding but you don't want it every night and twice on a Sunday do you?' – on too much football on television.
'A foreman was almost certainly on the shop floor; a bus inspector one drove a bus, but how many FA officials have ever been footballers?'
'Hartlepool weren't just stuck at the bottom when I went – they were cemented there.'
'He was a horrible man. I can't libel him now because he's been dead 20-odd years. I just wish it had been 120.' – on Hartlepool chairman Ernie Ord.
'If a player had said to Bill Shankly 'I've got to speak to my agent,' Bill would have hit him. And I would have held him while he hit him!'
'No one ever really gets the hang of me. I don't want them to – I like to keep people guessing.'
'He was a smart-arse was Martin. So the way I chose to handle him was to pretend that he was thick.' – on Martin O'Neill.
'It doesn't take me long to spot if they can play – usually about a minute.'
'Football is like a golfer's swing. The more complicated you make it, the more likely it is to go wrong.'
'Some stupid people questioned me spending all that money on Peter Shilton. But I'll tell you one thing – a team with only an OK goalkeeper is always looking over its shoulder.'
'Peter Shilton was absolutely brilliant that season. He won us the title, but I didn't dare tell him. One big head at our club was quite enough.'
'What pleased me most about winning two European Cups was that when you win something once there's always someone who can say it was down to luck. Win summat twice and it shuts them up.'
'I've found generally in life that people who say 'money isn't everything' have loads of it.'
'The cooker the club had was knackered. I nearly picked it for the bloody team because it was better than most of the squad.' – on buying a cooker on joining Nottingham Forest.
'Who's been the biggest single influence on my career? That's easy. Me.'
'Sometimes you win football matches in unusual places – like before you have even set foot on the field.'
'If anyone should be grateful for their upbringing, for their mam and dad, then I'm that person. I was the kid who came from a little part of paradise.'
'Where I was brought up in Middlesbrough wasn't the nicest place in the world – but to me it was heaven.'
'Everything that I've achieved or that has directed or affected my life – apart from the drink – stemmed from my childhood. Maybe it was the constant sight of mam, with eight children to look after, working from morning till night and working harder than you or I have ever worked.'
'Resigning at Derby was a piss-poor decision on my part – in fact it's the worst I've ever made.'
'The England thing hurt me a great deal, but the main trouble was the FA knew I thought they were all as weak as p***water.'
'Team talks? Quite often I'll just stick a ball there and tell 'em that's the tool of their trade and the thing you have to work with. I tell 'em 'Treat it kindly, get hold of it and caress it and you'll be okay'.'
'I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one.'
'Some people think you can take your football boots off, put a suit on and become a manager. Then they find out there's a bit more to it than that.'
'Someone's been putting it around Nottingham that I'm barmy!' – to local journalist.
'Our mam… what a lady. What an example and source of inspiration she was to the entire family. She's up there with my greatest heroes – just below Len Hutton!'
'Sinatra sang 'Let's take it nice and easy' and he's right you know. But we don't. We dash around like mad buggers and it kills you in the end.'
'It was a swanky do with lots of photographers. Roger Moore was there with his wife. I gave him a kiss – he looked a bit surprised!'
'On one memorable occasion I met Sinatra. He said 'Are you all right?' They were the historic words. They are the words, the only words he uttered to me. I said 'Yes, thanks for coming over.”
'Taylor always said 'When you get shot of me there won't be as much laughter in your life' and he was spot-on. He did make me laugh a lot.' – on former partner Peter Taylor.
'Derby should have gone on to be every bit as big as Liverpool – possibly even bigger. And there's only one man to blame for them not doing that – me!'
'Most injuries these days are caused by players' money belts slipping.'
'It's no wonder Jim Smith has no hair – he has to start writing the team sheet out on Monday just so he can have all the foreigners names spelt right by the time Saturday comes around.'
'Some people didn't get it. I was ranting on about 'cheating, Italian bastards.' And they were – we got done. Which part of 'cheating, Italian bastards' is so difficult to understand?'
'There wasn't a clash of personalities because half of the people we were clashing with didn't have personalities.' – on behind the scenes wranglings at Derby.
'I took my son Nigel and Roy Keane to visit some handicapped kids. We lit the place up, but they lit us up. When we came out I felt a million dollars.'
'I paid for that stand and I bribed the erectors because we built in it winter. They said they couldn't work on it because of ice, so I provided coffee and brandy and sent their wives hampers and all sorts!'
'I always tell directors and chairmen that they only have one decision to make – to pick someone to do the job they can't do.'
'Our team is so young that away trips are like school outings. Our biggest problem isn't injuries – it's acne.'
'I was worried early on for Trevor because of the size of the fee. But I quickly saw he was the type to carry it off – infact, he seemed to thrive on it. If it had been me as a player, I'd have worried about it.'
'Trevor Francis should have advertised instant coffee because he was an instant footballer.'
'I'd have loved to have been Muhammad Ali – that big, that quick, that talented… that famous.'
'Some people liked to think it was a flash in the pan. It lasted 20 years – some flash in the pan.'
'There's nowt wrong with a place being run by a dictator – just so long as that dictator is me.'
'Larry Lloyd was a big lad. When he finished playing he took on a pub and he became the only landlord I know who was actually bigger than his pub.'
'Football's full of people who think they can be managers, when they haven't got a cat in hells chance. Infact, a cat would have a better chance than most of 'em.'
'I'm always amazed when managers allow players to go away and think about a proposed transfer. Let them out of your sight and the chances are they'll go and sign for somebody else.'
'Misinformed people say fear was my biggest weapon with my players. That's crap. My teams couldn't play the kind of football they did if they'd been frightened.'
'We liked a soft pitch. I used to water ours more than the groundsman. Half the time nobody knew I was doing it because I went back at night.'
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'Robbo didn't look anything like a professional athlete when I first clapped eyes on him. In fact there were times when he didn't resemble a member of the human race.'
'I felt something worse than misery at Leeds. I was desolate.'
'They humiliated McGovern at Leeds but he had the last laugh when he lifted the European Cup twice.'
'We were unconventional to say the least, but boredom was something we wanted to avoid at all costs.'
'I fight lost causes. It's just the way I was brought up – the way I am.'
'When Gazza was carried past me on a stretcher, I turned to our coaches and said 'He's finished as a player if he's got what I think he's got.' I wasn't far wrong.'
'I've dropped off to sleep long before Sven Goran Eriksson has finished droning on. There's more emotion in a dead reindeer.'
'When I read some of the stuff Glenn Hoddle came out with, I didn't know whether to reach for the dictionary or a calculator.'
'When Glenn Hoddle was going on about karma, I thought he'd arranged a friendly against a club side in Sri Lanka.'
'I miss having the privilege of being the worst time keeper in the business with the power to bollock anyone who was late!'
'I don't even know when they make the FA Cup draw these days, but I do know one thing – you'll never beat its appeal when it was done on the radio on a Monday lunchtime.'
'Brian Moore was the best. He knew that silence could sometimes be as important as a whole string of sentences.'
'I was never particularly close to Alex Ferguson, but I do have a great deal of affection for him because I saw lot of myself in him.'
'When I first won the League Cup in 1978, I stuck the trophy on the telly and just sat there eating fish and chips and gazing at it.'
'I'm the shop window – Taylor is the goods in the back.'
'I've tasted most things, but if there's owt better than family life then let me know.'
'When I get on my high horse about Yorkshire, my kids say they are Midlanders.'
'I don't speak foreign languages. I find F*** off is understood by pretty much anyone.'
'Ali is the only person to make me feel insignificant. Old Big Ead was reduced to the size of a pinhead and I'm not too conceited to admit it.'
'Don't tell me I would have failed as England manager. Me? Working with the best of the very best. I couldn't have failed.'
'I never froze a player with fear in my life. I sent them out thinking they were the best since Stanley Matthews.'
'One of the few ambitions I have left is to return to the Wailing Wall and show my three children the notes I wrote and left for each of them. As with tradition you tuck them into the cracks in the wall and I know almost precisely where I left mine.'
'I love the smell of live sport. My missus reckons I smelled of embrocation for more than 20 years. She thought I bathed in it!'
'Ali's handshake took me by surprise – my hand just disappeared into his.'
'We were brought up on vegetables from my dad's garden. We ate that many and that often, they were coming out of our ears.'
'I was a keen bird's-nester when I was a lad and became a bit of an expert on which bird laid which colour eggs and how many.'
'I've always loved Western films. I was brought up with cowboys who could shoot with both hands.'
'Football academies worry me. They're grabbing kids almost before they've lost their milk teeth and if you're not careful you coach the individuality out of them.'
'Some kids I'd been at school with would say 'You're dead lucky you are being a footballer because I was always a better player than you.' I'd smile and remind them 'Well you're not now!”
'I'm thinking of opening the Brian Clough Academy of Management. It couldn't fail – they'd be queueing overnight.'
'Ground rules apply just as much to millionaires as they do to someone who's got nowt.'
'I'd tell players if they couldn't get into work by 10.30 in the morning then they weren't worth bothering with.'
'I've lost count of the number of referees who said they just loved refereeing my teams.'
'I'd rather be with the strongest than the weakest. Give me a choice between a gun that fires a single shot and one that keeps firing and I'll take the machine gun every time.'
'I'm not sure who Fergie regards as his best ever signing at Old Trafford but there can't have been one better than Roy Keane.'
'When I'm gone I want to be remembered as somebody who contributed good things to that great English game of ours.'
'Kenny Burns was capable of cutting you in two and came with a bit of a reputation, yet he turned out to be as nice a lad as I've ever managed.'
'Trevor Brooking was upset me because I adapted one of Ali's phrases about him. I said he floated like a butterfly and tackled like one. He asked me why I'd said it and I said 'Because it's true.''
'I climbed trees for all sorts of reasons other than bird-nesting, mainly nicking apples and pears from the posh areas of the neighbourhood and conkers.'
'I constantly doubt my ability to manage. I think I'm right but I'm not infallible. If Hitler had sat down and thought for a minute, we wouldn't be here today.'
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