Cloughie's son Nigel says he hopes people will never forget his Dad. Speaking after becoming manager at one of his father's former clubs, Derby County, Nigel said he wished his Dad was still around for a bit of advice.

"I don't think people will ever forget I'm his son," Nigel told a news conference (January, 2009). "In some ways, I hope they don't forget because that means they will have forgotten about my Dad."

Brian was manager at Derby from June 1967 until his resignation in October 1973, after a major fall-out with the then chairman Sam Longson. Cloughie guided the Rams from the depths of the old Second Division, to the First Division title and the semi-finals of the European Cup - a trophy he was later to win twice with Nottingham Forest, the club where Nigel began his outstanding playing career.

"I know he said 'never go back' but he was very tempted over the years because he felt there was unfinished business," said Nigel, who added he had discussed his move to Derby County with his Mum, Barbara. "We sat down and took the emotion out of the situation, which was not easy," he said. "I spoke to Mum, but she is more concerned with the grandchildren than anything else."

Like his Dad, Nigel said his family would continue to come first. Infact he had managed to fit in the school run and a trip to Sainsburys alongside his professional duties before arriving at Pride Park.

Asked what his Dad would have made of his appointment, he said: "I haven't the foggiest. He would probably say, 'don't be so stupid.' I hope it would have been a positive response. I just wish he was around for a bit of advice."


A former Cloughie player says there are many similarities between Nigel and his Dad when it comes to management. Darren Wassell played for both Cloughs, spending six years under Clough Senior at Nottingham Forest and five years with Nigel at Burton Albion.

"They aren't the same, but there are more similarities than you would think," Wassell told the Daily Mail. "They both command exceptional loyalty and there are players, me included, who would run through brick walls for both of them. As a player, you want to please and give something back.

"Nigel may have a lower profile but his standards are just as high as his father's. If you play for him, you'll be told you are doing well. If you aren't, you'll know all about it because you won't be in the team.

"If players aren't performing at Derby, Nigel will deal with it. He's making a big jump but he can manage. There will be no secrets. And it was like that with his Dad, too. If anything needs saying, he will say it face to face. He won't take players to one side for a quiet word. Everything is said within the group. That's similar to his Dad."