The special edition of Cloughie's Walking on Water is a fitting tribute to a remarkable man. It has been published in memory of the Master Manager and should be part of the collection of any true Clough fan.
The book updates the original paperback version and contains two extra chapters written shortly before Cloughie's sad death. In them, he gives his strong yet entertaining views on club chairmen and directors and a scathing analysis of England's performances in the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. He also praises Arsenal who beat his forty-two game unbeaten record.
The foreword has been written by Martin O'Neill. He reflects on the day Brian Clough walked into Nottingham Forest, when O'Neill was just twenty-two years old and the Reds appeared "firmly entrenched in the mire." Looking back at the success Cloughie brought to the club, O'Neill states: "I had what I now consider to be the peerless privilege of working with the most charismatic football manager of the twentieth century."
The journalist, John Sadler, who wrote the book with Brian, has added his personal memories of the Great Man, including his first ever meeting with Cloughie. They became great friends. Sadler says they would often "chew the fat" about football, families and the world at large. "This was how and where I learned about football, about how it should be played and how it should be managed. It was a priceless learning process, an education and a privilege for which I will remain forever in his debt."
There are seven pages of tributes from famous names such as Arsene Wenger, Sir Bobby Robson and Michael Parkinson and a collection of some of Brian's best quotes, as featured on this website.
And it is fitting that Wenger, the Arsenal manager, pays tribute. Cloughie himself lavishes praise on Wenger and his team after they smashed the Great Man's 42-game unbeaten record. Says Cloughie: "I drool when I watch Arsenal and it has nowt to do with my age. It's because I recognise a team and a manager who, a bit like me all those years ago, have turned simplicity into an art form."