Brian Clough is a football legend known for his incredible playing career and his success as a football manager. He is also known for his sharp wit and his memorable quotes, many of which have become legendary in the world of football.

Clough’s quotes often showcased his no-nonsense approach to the sport, his passion for winning, and his quick wit. Some of his most famous quotes include “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one,” and “If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there.”

Clough’s quotes continue to be celebrated by football fans around the world, and they have become an important part of his legacy. They showcase his unique personality and his unwavering commitment to the sport that he loved.

Here are 50 memorable quotes by Brian Clough:

  1. “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one.”
  2. “If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there.”
  3. “I wouldn’t say I was the greatest manager, but I was the best one.”
  4. “We talk about it for twenty minutes and then we decide I was right.”
  5. “Players lose you games, not tactics. There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes.”
  6. “I’m not a politician, I’m a football manager. I don’t need to be liked, I need to be respected.”
  7. “If a chairman sacks the manager he initially appointed, he should go as well.”
  8. “I’m not against the establishment, I just don’t like the people in it.”
  9. “The river Trent is lovely, I know because I have walked on it for 18 years.”
  10. “We used to go to the pictures every Saturday night but we had to leave a little bit early and get home and watch Match of the Day – and my wife still complains she missed the last five minutes of every film we saw.”
  11. “I wouldn’t say I was the best striker in the business. But I was in the top one.”
  12. “I wouldn’t say I was a drinker, but I could drink all night and still function the next day.”
  13. “We talk about democracy, but what about the democracy of winning? That’s important too.”
  14. “It only takes a second to score a goal.”
  15. “I believe that a manager’s job is to create an environment where people can be successful.”
  16. “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
  17. “I’m always right. I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.”
  18. “We used to have a team bath after every match. Now we have one before the game, just to remind us what we’re playing for.”
  19. “I’m not a dictator, I’m a democrat-lator. I like to give my players a say in things.”
  20. “When I became a professional footballer, I didn’t want to be a statistic, I wanted to be a success story.”
  21. “I’m not afraid to make a mistake, but I am afraid of making the same mistake twice.”
  22. “The best way to win a game is to score one more goal than your opponent.”
  23. “I was never one to hide from the truth, even if it didn’t suit me.”
  24. “I’ve only ever hit one person and that was a Scottish goalkeeper.”
  25. “The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they don’t know the game.”
  26. “I’m not a believer in luck. I believe you make your own luck.”
  27. “I never comment on referees, and I’m not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat.”
  28. “We’re not trying to entertain the neutrals. We’re trying to win football matches.”
  29. “Players who can’t pass the ball can’t play football.”
  30. “I always said to my players, ‘You’re not going out there to play football. You’re going out there to win.'”
  31. “I wouldn’t say I’m the best manager in the business. But I’m in the top one.”
  32. “I’m a football manager, not a lecturer in moral philosophy.”
  33. “I never knew how to quit. I’m a winner. If a player doesn’t want to win, he should be shown the door.”
  34.  “I like my players to be married and have a family, because it means they won’t be out all night drinking.”
  1. “I treat referees with the utmost respect. But, more often than not, they don’t deserve it.”
  2. “I’ve always said that I want to be remembered for winning trophies, not for being a nice guy.”
  3. “If a player doesn’t like the way I’m managing him, he can always leave.”
  4. “I’m not a genius. I’m just a hard-working football manager.”
  5. “I’ve never been one for long speeches. I prefer to let my teams do the talking on the pitch.”
  6. “Football is a simple game. It’s the people who make it complicated.”
  7. “My idea of a good night out is staying in.”
  8. “The best advice I ever got was to never take myself too seriously.”
  9. “I don’t care if I’m liked or not. I care about winning.”
  10. “The game is about glory. It’s about doing things in style and with a flourish.”
  11. “I never predict anything, and I never will.”
  12. “I never listen to pundits. They’re just people who couldn’t make it as footballers.”
  13. “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but you can make a damn good football team out of average players.”
  14. “The players who let their feet do the talking are the ones who make the difference.”
  15. “I’ve never met a footballer who wasn’t useless with money.”
  16. “Football hooliganism is a disease. And I’m the cure.”

These quotes showcase Brian Clough’s wit, humor, and no-nonsense approach to football. They also highlight his passion for the sport and his unwavering commitment to winning. His quotes have become legendary in the world of football, and they continue to inspire and entertain fans around the world.