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Overachieving and eccentric football manager Brian Clough was on his way to take over at the country's most successful and most reviled football club L During my gap year I worked as a nanny My ward was a tremendously shy and emotionally inhibited young boy One of my tasks was to take him to watch Chelsea FC play The first game we went to together was an evening kick off What I remember is the otherworldly green of the grass under the floodlights the almost phosphorescent white glow of the chalk lines But most of all what I remember is the uninhibited joy of my ward when Chelsea scored We became the best of friends after that evening While I can’t say I’m at all interested in reading about football I am interested in David Peace because he’s a writer I greatly admire He’s something of an original a great stylist who likes making fiction of fact He’s written about the Miners’ strike the Yorkshire Ripper and a serial killer in post WW2 Japan Here he turns his attention to the legendary football manager people’s champion and outspoken maverick Brian Clough The novel has two timelines Clough’s phenomenal achievement of winning the championship with a small and ailing club Derby County and his subseuent job at the tremendously successful but universally hated Leeds Utd Peace does a fantastic job of ventrilouism in appropriating what feels like an authentic voice for Clough Peace’s familiar fragmented hypnotic prose style is present in which he gives his prosaic cataloguing of detail a dark poetry through his mastery of cadence and rhythm “Saturday’s come with Saturday’s stink The sweat and the mud the liniment and the grease The steam and the soap the sewer and the shampoo”The novel is both fabulously humorous and poignantly tragic It's a brilliant character study of hubris of a man being his own worst enemy It’s also clever how emotionally involved Peace gets you in the results of each new football game But with Clough it wasn’t just about winning it was winning in style that mattered He wanted and needed to be loved by the working people He wanted to be a kind of Robin Hood At heart it’s a novel about the little man fighting and being defeated by the complacency and corruption of the establishment

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The Damned UtdExtraordinarily inventive novel tells the story of a world characterised by fear of failure and hunger for success set in the bleak heart of the 1970s I am writing this two years after I actually read this book The reason I remembered this book is nothing than Leicester's glorious rise to the top this season which has been nothing less than a fairy taleWell Derby's rise was nothing less than a fairy tale either only made possible by the genius of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor They took a team hanging by the threads struggling at the bottom of the second division to the top of the first division Why Because of Clough's obsession with Don Revie of courseThis book explores Clough's inner demons his rise to glory his obsession with Revie and Leeds United and his subseuent failure as Revie's successor at Leeds The plot is nothing short of a top notch drama novel in itself Clough did go on later to win double European Cup with Nottingham Forest now Champions League but that is another storyGo take a read to experience of one the greatest sports stories ever told Or just watch the movie really Its great in itself with a spectacular performance by Michael Sheen

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FREE EPUB õ MOBI The Damned Utd ô 9780571224333 ´ NATURALTREATMENT ´ Overachieving and eccentric football manager Brian Clough was on his way to take over at the country's most successful and most reviled football club Leeds United home to a generation of fiercely competitive but ageing playerEeds United home to a generation of fiercely competitive but ageing players The battle he'd face there would make or break the club or himDavid Peace's That the story would read as brilliant as it is to a stubbornly romantic football fan like me was expected That Peace's writing would go all the way down a dark haunting decadent poetic road with such elegance and soul such music was not Apparently Brian Clough was an impossible person He was arrogant and he was angered He wouldn't take criticism He was vengeful and bitter Perhaps unforgiving Definitely annoyingAnd he was isolated isolated isolated It nevertheless didn't feel like he was alone The Damned Utd effectively avoids the cliché of yet one novel about withdrawal and how we fill our misery Brian Clough didn't need to fill his misery because his faulted heroic nature was shadowed by his ambition It’s in almost every page of this book that you can feel the demons in his mind being threatened by his obsession to excel It didn't always work but when it did another page of glory was added to the history of the sport Engaging Brian Clough with empathy was probably a challenge back in the day But this book isn't trying to make you like Clough anyway because it doesn't need to Brian Clough’s character is larger than the book itself Constantly flirting with self destruction he is determined to give rise to his own legend With memories of his successful years at Derby County he is set to exorcise the dark legacy of his predecessor at Leeds United football club Don Revie Nice and clean Through work and painful honesty No blue suits No dossiers No bingo and no bowls No ritual walks around the traffic lights or lucky routes to this bench in the dug out No envelopes full of cash No gamesmanship or cheating – Just football Just football Only this book isn't about just football Because Brian Clough doesn't believe in God But he does believes in doubt He does believe in fear Because David Peace winked to the 60s and the 70s with style and made it so