Brian Clough

James Lawton: Same old faces due to a lack of a Clough or Revie

Sunderland's enthusiasm for either Martin O'Neill or Mark Hughes is hardly a surprise. Whoever emerges victorious from the hand-to-hand battle, if indeed it is one that they care to pursue after establishing the terms of engagement being offered by owner Ellis Short, is likely to create an immediate sense of well-being at the Stadium of Light.

Johnny Metgod: Oranje appeal

Johnny Metgod learnt from the best in Brian Clough. Now he's part of the team hoping to help the Dutch master the world

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David Peace: Occupied City

In his latest novel, the author of 'The Damned United' explores serial killers in dysfunctional societies, but David Peace tells Claire Allfree he's keen to return to the sporting life for his next project