Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Damned United

I've just started reading David Peace's splendid account of Brian Clough's 44 days at Leeds United and so far it's damned good. Here's a sample. Brian Clough has just started as manager at Leeds and he's being interviewed on local tv.

Here's an extract as quoted on One Mick Jones
“So we can expect a bit more warmth, a bit more honesty and a bit more Brian Clough from the League Champions,” repeats Austin Mitchell.
“A lot more Brian Clough actually,” I tell him. “A lot more.”
“And hopefully win a lot more cups and another title?”
“And win it better, Austin,” I tell him. “I can win it better. You just watch me.”
“And the Leeds set-up? The legendary back-room staff? The legacy of the Don?”
“Well, I’ll tell you one thing, I had great fears of that lucky bloody suit of his, in the office when I walked in. You know the one he’s had for thirteen years? I thought, if that’s there, that’s going straight in the bin because not only will it be old, it’ll smell …”
“You’re not a superstitious man then, Brian?”
“No Austin, I’m not,” I tell him. “I’m a socialist.”
And there's more quotable stuff. Much more. But I'm not one to take the bread out of the mouths of starving author's children so buy the damned book.

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