"God better give me his favourite armchair"
Farewell to a Legend
In a special interview with BBC Sport, to mark the tenth anniversary of that dark day, Brian's son Nigel said his father would have been a success in the modern game but would have been 'dismayed and flabbergasted' by the money-men and agents.
Nigel is also confident his father would never have moved to the boardroom after management, as Sir Alex Ferguson did. "When he retired from Forest he didn't want to haunt the next manager, Frank Clark," said Nigel. "There was a lot made last year of Sir Alex Ferguson being around when David Moyse was struggling and whether that was a help or hindrance.
"I don't know, but my Dad wanted to divorce himself from that. Being in the boardroom would have been a step too far for him." As for a phrase to sum-up Brian, Nigel referred to words used by a famous comedian. "I read that one of the phrases Billy Connolly uses is: 'Times may change, but standards must remain.' I think he got it off an After Eight advert. But I can see my Dad using something like that.
"He would have been nearly 80 if he was still around and he would have still been a cantankerous so and so at times. But those standards he was brought up with and tried to instill in others would have still been along those lines."
Back in September 2004, the headlines in national and local newspapers were dominated by the news that Cloughie had passed away. The front page of The Sun declared 'Bye Bye Big 'Ead', while the opening paragraph on the back page read: "Brian Clough's death brought the football world to a juddering halt." The report continued: "The profound loss of the best manager never to boss England stopped the great and the good in their tracks."