Farewell, Cloughie

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The Independent Online

In the age of Roman Abramovich and the £100,000-a-week football salary, Brian Clough's finest managerial achievement is unlikely to be matched. To steer a provincial club into European competition would be a feat in itself today; to guide them to successive triumphs there inconceivable. Yet it is not just for his success that Clough should be remembered. This is a man who asked supporters not to swear and cuffed a couple himself when they invaded the pitch. The scenes last weekend, when Fulham players brawled, would not have been tolerated by Clough. His teams practised good football, and good behaviour.