“I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business but I was in the top 1.” Brian Clough
A great quote is used to great effect once and copied a thousand times. Rarely is this truer than the pearl above from the best manager never to manage England, Brian Clough. Comparisons were drawn when José Mourinho referred to himself as ‘The Special One” but the portuguese manager’s arrogant one-liner doesn’t come close to matching the humour of the late, great Cloughie!
Apart from a controversial period managing Leeds United, Clough is considered a footballing hero for winning back-to-back European Cups with Nottingham Forest. He also enjoyed tremendous success with Derby and Hartlepool.
Another similarly humble quote from Ol’ Big Ead, “Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job.”