CLOUGHIE ARRIVES AT FOREST
Soon after Clough's arrival, the pieces of the momentous jigsaw were being put into place. The Master Manager brought in the likes of John McGovern and John O'Hare, who he had worked with previously. In the league, the Reds took just 14 points from 16 matches, finishing 16th. But in the close season, Clough snapped up defender Frank Clark on a free transfer from Newcastle and his vast experience was invaluable.
Clough had already enlisted the help of trainer Jimmy Gordon to act as a buffer between himself and the players, before Peter Taylor's arrival in 1976. Gordon first met Brian when he was looking after the Middlesbrough juniors and made a lasting impression. He also worked with Brian at Derby and Leeds. Taylor had been Clough's assistant during their successful time at Derby County.