Brian Clough was the greatest manager of modern times.
Always outspoken. Always controversial. There'll never be another football manager like Brian Clough. He took two small provincial clubs and made them world-beaters. His achievements will never be repeated.
He was the best manager England never had. He had an unrivalled ability to motivate players. A working class hero whose achievements earned him a fortune.
He represented everything good about football. His teams were exciting, skilful and clean. He turned players who'd been labelled "average" into international stars.
His teamtalks were simple: He'd hold a football in his hand and say "Gentlemen, this is a football. Any chance of us getting it?"
He led Derby County and Nottingham Forest out of the depths of the Second Division and brought them headline-grabbing success. Yet his playing career at Middlesbrough and Sunderland was equally outstanding, with 251 goals in 274 games, before a knee injury cut short his success as a goalscorer.
His partnership with Peter Taylor was incredible. "The chemistry was absolutely brilliant," Clough has said. His one regret is that they never buried the hatchet after falling out.
Cloughie remains a footballing legend.
Rest in Peace Brian. We will always miss you and never forget.