CELTIC assistant manager John Robertson was one of many ex-players who gathered at the City Ground yesterday to pay homage to former manager Brian Clough, who died on Monday at the age of 69 after suffering from stomach cancer.
THE mountain of eulogies dedicated to Brian Clough’s coaching prowess and his abilities for myth- and mirth-making that followed his death only served to remind us that Scottish players were central to aiding his climb to football’s summit.
THE greatest? Oh, I think so. The acrimonious joy of football disputation is rarely more enjoyable than when discussing the great managers. The shortlist is usually filled by the familiar faces: Busby, Shankly, Paisley, Stein, Ferguson, tough characters all of them, rooted in the working-class soil of the game, old-school patriarchs with illustrious trophy cabinets gleaming behind their weathered faces.
AT THE age of 33 and with two broken legs behind him, Dave Mackay thought his playing days were over in 1968. However, the intervention of Brian Clough allowed him to enjoy a glorious Indian summer at Derby County.
BRIAN Clough died yesterday at the age of 69, leaving the world of football smaller and infinitely less interesting.