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I recently started listening to Clive Tyldesley's new book on Audible...
... and one chapter he devotes to his relationship with Brian Clough during his time at a radio station in Nottingham during the 70s.
And it was exactly the same, Clough's horrendous alcoholism was clear to everyone at the club, but was never addressed, simply reluctantly accepted and it was something Tyldesley really regretted that no one at the club confronted him about it.
HK comes out of it looking terrible. Couple of anecodotes
- being pissed during a game to the point the players were making tactical changes on the pitch
- excluding Nevin and Hinchy for not being drinkers
- Mo Johnston missing training for being on the lash, going in to apologise to HK who opened a bottle of champagne and polished it off with him
Says also that there was a clear divide between the older players and the new signings (Cottee etc) which never really went away. He does say that if we'd won the 89 Cup Final he feels that team could have lifted off though, but as it was it all fell away.
The best anecdote was big Nev challenging the players to beat him with long shots and spending 10 minutes saving all of them without using his hands. Amazing.
Those who don't understand, don't matter.