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He has always accepted the pressure with good humour and no bitterness. He is still young and there is a World Cup in him yet

Clough aims to complete father's 'unfinished business'

There is "unfinished business" at Derby County for the Clough family, Nigel Clough admitted last night, also revealing that his father had been "very tempted over the years" to return to the club as manager after his dramatic walk-out more than 34 years ago.

Clough confirmed as Derby manager

Nigel Clough has followed in his father's footsteps and become the new manager of Derby.

Stop attacks on referees, Pearce tells managers

A self-styled dog of war is an unlikely ally for our beleaguered referees but Stuart Pearce declared yesterday that managers' post-match tirades against officials were not helping the Football Association's Respect campaign and that they should stop.

Redknapp appoints Kevin Bond

Harry Redknapp has made his first coaching appointment at Tottenham by bringing in his former Portsmouth and Southampton assistant Kevin Bond.

Paperbacks: Provided You Don't Kiss Me, by Duncan Hamilton

Duncan Hamilton's greatest achievement in this story of his "20 years with Brian Clough" is in conveying why the hard-drinking, unpredictable, foul-mouthed manager was so likeable.

Pearce blames bad tackles on a loss of trust

Stuart Pearce believes the spate of two-footed tackles in the game was a consequence of players "losing trust" in each other.

Blair's son taken to hospital

Tony Blair's eldest son Euan has been taken to hospital in Barbados suffering from stomach pains, Downing Street said today.

At least 51 killed in Egyptian train crash

A passenger train sped into a northern Egypt railway station today and collided with a second train, killing 51 people and injuring 138.

Anger as Alzheimer's drugs ruled too expensive

The hopes of hundreds of thousands of patients with Alzheimer's disease have been dashed after the Government's watchdog on new medicines banned treatments for most patients.

Resignation of Kinnear leaves Forest future dark

Joe Kinnear resigned as the manager of Nottingham Forest yesterday, leaving the struggling Championship club seeking a 10th manager in a post-Brian Clough decade that has been marked by decline, on and off the pitch.

Forest's late flurry brings victory the Clough way

Nottingham Forest 2 - West Ham United 1

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