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Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, the best managerial partnership ever?

Friday 3rd February 2017
The success of manager Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City has propelled me to think outside the box when it comes to partnerships between managers and their assistants. To Claudio, it was Walsh, who brought him two signings;  moulding key- factors and improvements within Leicester's 2015/2016 win- and with Brian Clough - yes, Brian Clough, it happened to be Peter Taylor. 

The Damned United was a biographical account of Brian Clough's reign as Derby manager and who eventually went on to be the lead manager of Leeds United. It was a fictional account of Brian from David Peace's novel (The Damned Utd) and was taken up by Tom Hooper and Peter Morgan.

Michael Sheen's performance as Brian Clough was accurate in all the right places. I watched a documentary on Brian Clough to see how close to the manager Michael Sheen had brought himself. He revised him in and out; spending a great length of time to harness the character, energy, and charisma of the man with a fast mouth. He was charismatic on the field and off of it; displaying Brian's attentiveness and eye for a promising player who has all it takes, but needs a little nudge.

Sheen showed us that Brian was a tactical whizz, and with Peter, he could do no wrong. Peter laid down the pieces, and Brian completed the puzzle. It was like the hammer and the nail, the pizza and the bread, the cat and the mouse; fitting together because it just does. Brian Clough was known to be arrogant, but arrogant to the point of correctness. He sprayed what he could do. The potty mouth only went awry when he joined Leeds.

The film was meant to display the reason for his failure at Leeds. Brian had mucked things up by then with good friend Peter Taylor and was fronting the team alone and without him. It was as if the partnership was his platform to pick from, and without that platform, he's standing in the mud. It comes across like it was his mouth that got him in trouble, as well as his dislike for the chairman and those above him. Brian clearly doesn't like those above him, and often gets into confrontations and disagreements. The manager knew his - s***!

The parts that seem exaggerated were more so to do with his hostility and negativity towards Don Revie. Brian almost idolised and hated the man through a very foggy lens. At one viewpoint he thoroughly cleans the stadium to welcome his away visitors, he waits and waits, until Revie and team arrive, but as soon as they do, Revie walks straight past him, not even knowing that he is there. Brian never forgets this act of disrespect and carries it through as a vendetta against the man and the Leeds team.
The second viewpoint is more of the exaggeration but could be true: Brian's arrogance overwhelming his judgement when taking on Leeds because he hates Don Revie. Sheen does a good job respectively, and this judgment could have well been his downfall.

If you've not yet seen, do yourself a favour and take the time this weekend.
Christine Reynolds
I would say that I'm a writer of many flavors. I did a-bit of music journalism - I want to do this full time. I've done some content writing, editing and freelance work, and other various media/music related work. I've written for various blogs and magazines (up and coming,) and hope to be a fully fledged writer; earning the big bucks and stirring my readers. Au revoir.

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