The Life of Brian: Memorable Cloughisms on the 8th anniversary of his death
11:47 GMT, 20 September 2012
September 20 marks eight years since the passing of Brian Clough, one of the greatest managers ever to grace the dug-out.
A devastating striker in his playing career, Clough then spent 28 years in management and achieved some remarkable feats – notably guiding Nottingham Forest to back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980.
And, as we all remember, he was never short of an acerbic opinion whatever the subject matter.
In honour of the great man, who died in 2004 at the age of 69, Sportsmail looks at some famous Cloughisms.
Legend: It's eight years since Brian Clough passed away at the age of 69
'I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one' – Modestly reflecting on his own success.
'If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he'd have put grass up there' – On the importance of passing the ball to feet.
'I only ever hit Roy the once. He got up so I couldn't have hit him very hard' – On dealing with Roy Keane.
'We talk about it for 20 minutes and then we decide I was right' – On dealing with players in general who disagree with him.
'I'm sure the England selectors thought if they took me on and gave me the job, I'd want to run the show. They were shrewd because that's exactly what I would have done' – On not getting the England manager's job.
'Players lose you games, not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes' – On England's dismal exit from Euro 2000.
'For all his horses, knighthoods and championships, he hasn't got two of what I've got. And I don't mean balls' – Referring to Sir Alex Ferguson's failure to win two successive European Cups.
'I can't even spell spaghetti never mind talk Italian. How could I tell an Italian to get the ball He might grab mine' – On the influx of foreign players into the English game.
'Anybody who can do anything in Leicester but make a jumper has got to be a genius' – His tribute to Martin O'Neill, who used to manage Leicester City.
'That Seaman is a handsome young man but he spends too much time looking in his mirror rather than at the ball. You can't keep goal with hair like that' – On the pony-tailed former England goalkeeper David Seaman.
'I thought it was my next-door neighbour because I think she felt that if I got something like that I would have to move' – Speculating on who nominated him for a knighthood.
'Don't send me flowers when I'm dead. If you like me, send them while I'm alive' – After the liver transplant which saved his life.
'I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed. I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me.' – On posterity.
'I bet their dressing room will smell of garlic rather than liniment over the next few months.' – On the number of French players at Arsenal.
'Rome wasn't built in a day. But I wasn't on that particular job.' – On getting things done.
'On occasions I have been big headed. I think most people are when they get in the limelight. I call myself Big Head just to remind myself not to be.' – Old Big 'Ead explains his nickname.
'Stand up straight, get your shoulders back and get your hair cut.' – Advice for John McGovern at Hartlepool.
'Take your hands out of your pockets.' – More advice, this time for a young Trevor Francis as he presents him with an award.
'You don't want roast beef and Yorkshire every night and twice on Sunday.' – On too much football on television (What would he say now)
'I'm not saying he's pale and thin, but the maid in our hotel room pulled back the sheets and remade the bed without realising he was still in it.' – Referring to former Forest player Brian Rice.
'I like my women to be feminine, not sliding into tackles and covered in mud.' – Clough on women's football.
'I'd have cut his balls off' – On Eric Cantona's infamous kung fu kick at a fan.
'Walk on water I know most people out there will be saying that instead of walking on it, I should have taken more of it with my drinks. They are absolutely right' – A typically candid reflection on his drink problem.