Listen: The funniest story you will hear this year featuring the great Brian Clough
The legendary tales of Brian Clough’s quirky management style have long been the stuff of football folklore, yet the methods he used in his transfer negotiations appear to have been even more bizarre than we dared to imagine.
Former Wales goal getter Dean Saunders has told talkSPORT about his incredible transfer discussions with Nottingham Forest manager Clough back in 1991, with the twists and turns in this story worthy a chapter or two in a book.
With Everton, Aston Villa and Liverpool competing with Forest to to sign Saunders in a £2.9m deal, the striker and his agent attended a meeting with Clough that was as confusing as it was unpredictable.
After insulting Saunders’ overweight agent and then asking the player to sing a Frank Sinatra song, the story ends with Clough gate-crashing the player’s house and putting his arm around his mother-in-law.
Football fans rarely get an insight into how big-money transfers are concluded in the modern era, but this is a tale from a tale that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure, as it serves as a reminder that Clough was in a league of his own when it came to the unexpected.
In the end, Saunders signed for Liverpool and when you listen to this story, you will understand why he had reservations about the prospect of working under Cloughie.