4 years ago today, Brian Clough passed away. With a film in the pipeline about the great man's time at Leeds United, I thought it would be nice to remember him here. Although he was fired after just 44 days in charge at Leeds, he enjoyed great success at my own club Derby County, and also at our bitter rivals Nottingham Forest.
He often said the biggest mistake he ever made was resigning as our manager, and we can only speculate as to what would have happened had he remained there with assistant Peter Taylor. While his man management style was unorthodox to say the least, he built some great sides full of players who would run through a brick wall for him. During his memorial service at Pride Park, Derby, there was a ferocious thunderstorm the like of which hadn't been experienced for several years. How fitting that this should occur throughout the service, given Brian's dislike for fuss.
On this day, I'll remember him with affection and gratitude for taking us from the second division to the top of the first and into Europe, taking on and beating some great sides. Thanks, Brian.