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Classic Brian Clough Interview By TV Presenter David Frost, 1974 [VIDEO]

Shortly after getting the sack from Leeds United, football manager Brian Clough sat down with TV presenter David Frost for an exclusive interview.

I’ve never seen this one before today, but it’s a must-see for anyone who has any respect or interest in Clough. Twelve months after leaving Derby, Clough talks about a range of topics including football management (and how he lived in fear of the sack), why London clubs at the time were doing so badly, what he thought about politics and his nemesis Don Revie and the job he was doing as England manager.

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  1. jtm371

    March 6, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    From a long suffering Forest fan thank you for finding these clips.Cloughie was a one of a kind as much mad scientist as genius.i hate to say but i don’t think he would be given time to put in place his players and system.once again thank you it put a smile on my face and a little sadness he left us way to soon.GFYR!

    • Eplnfl

      March 7, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Yes today no team wants to wait to put the pieces in place now.

      It was so refreshing to hear him say why not get a university education and play football. And he reason was not money but personal growth.

  2. Romanis

    March 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Btw thanks to the uploader of these videos. I’ve only seen clips of this interview not the longer version here.

    So many gems from Clough, I wouldn’t know where to start or finish.
    However just a word on Frosty. He was an excellent interviewer and earned the respect of many people, Clough included. He knew how conduct and dissect an interview, without trying to outsmart, outdo or corner the interviewee like so many today.

    He let the subject air his views as openly as possible but never tried to upstage them, while still remaining as a fundamental part of the interview itself.

  3. eplnfl

    March 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    A one of a kind. Clough can never survive in today world. He is like a open book. No one in sports anywhere in the US or Uk would dare be so open. He could only survive as a broadcast today and that would only be a short term thing until he said the right thing about the wrong person.

    • Romanis

      March 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      I don’t really agree with epinfl’s take on Clough not being able to survive in today’s environment. Perhaps a newer or lesser manager would but not Cloughie. You gotta remember he has a track record in football and even on television. People would automatically cut him some slack than say if Brendan Rogers or Andre Vilas Boas did the same.
      Moreover he’s from the same school of thought as Ferguson (United). People understand that he’s from a different era or even as the ‘Last of the Mohicans type of manager’. His input or views would still be regarded as refreshing if not straight forward or honest.

      As Fergie has done so often, Cloughie’s opinions whilst considered different, will not be considered dated.

  4. IanCransonsKnees

    March 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Ironically Michael Sheen has played both Frost and Clough in recent years.

    • IanCransonsKnees

      March 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Interesting to hear Clough say he went to Amsterdam with Stoke, I’ve heard the story from my dad that Tony Waddington invited him along.

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