Brian Clough and Jose Mourinho (Evening Standard / Getty Images and Lee Smith / Action Images / Reuters)
Brian Clough and Jose Mourinho (Evening Standard / Getty Images and Lee Smith / Action Images / Reuters)

Jose Mourinho loves Brian Clough’s ‘I am in the top one’ line – ‘We would get on’



Jose Mourinho has spoken of his profound admiration for former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough.

In the foreword for a new book on Clough called "I Believe in Miracles", the Chelsea manager talks about the similarities between himself and the two-time European Cup-winning manager.

The Portuguese revealed he went on a day trip to Nottingham during Euro 96 while he was working at Barcelona to see the place where Clough enjoyed his success.

“I walked all the way (around the city) and when I saw the stadium I thought: ‘Are you kidding me – this club won the European Cup? Twice?’” Mourinho says.

“It was a nice stadium and a nice city, but it was a small place. It was the size of the stadium that really took me aback.

“A small stadium, a small crowd – I looked around and tried to take it in.”

Clough won back-to-back European Cups with Forest in 1979 and 1980. He also gained many neutral admirers with his wit and outspoken views.

Mourinho, who has also won the trophy twice, said: “A lot of people say we have similarities and there are certainly coincidences.”

Mourinho admires the way Clough used to project himself in interviews and press conferences.

He said: “We all probably remember Clough’s best quotes. ‘I wouldn’t say I am the best football manager there is,’ he used to say, ‘but I am in the top one.’ I love that line.

“He had all that self- esteem and big self-belief. He was very confident about himself, and from what I know about him he was very comfortable with the attention.

“Maybe because Brian Clough was such a huge personality, with so much charisma, everyone remembers his quotes and the stories and a few people forget his talents.

“He didn’t win two European Cups with Nottingham Forest just because of his charisma.

“History cannot delete what he and Nottingham Forest did – their results, the cups, the achievements, absolutely unbelievable achievements.

“I have huge respect for what they did. I think if Brian Clough was around today, we would get on.”

Follow us on Twitter @NatSportUAE

Our legal consultant

Name: Dr Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

Our legal consultants

Name: Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.

While you're here
MATCH INFO

Uefa Champions League semi-final, first leg
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

When: April 25, 10.45pm kick-off (UAE)
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich
Live: BeIN Sports HD
Second leg: May 1, Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

ARSENAL IN 1977

Feb 05 Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

Feb 12 Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

Feb 15 Middlesbrough 3-0 Arsenal

Feb 19 Arsenal 2-3 West Ham

Feb 26 Middlesbrough 4-1 Arsenal (FA Cup)

Mar 01 Everton 2-1 Arsenal

Mar 05  Arsenal 1-4 ipswich

March 08 Arsenal 1-2 West Brom

Mar 12 QPR 2-1 Arsenal

Mar 23 Stoke 1-1 Arsenal

Apr 02  Arsenal 3-0 Leicester

Profile of Bitex UAE

Date of launch: November 2018

Founder: Monark Modi

Based: Business Bay, Dubai

Sector: Financial services

Size: Eight employees

Investors: Self-funded to date with $1m of personal savings


Abtal

Keep up with all the Middle East and North Africa athletes at the 2024 Paris Olympics

      By signing up, I agree to The National's privacy policy
      Abtal