Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Damned United
'The Damned United' is David Peace's excellent imagination of the controversial 44 days that Brian Clough spent in charge of Leeds United before being sacked. The outspoken Clough was chosen to take over Leeds (the current champions) when previous manager Don Revie left to take charge of the England team in 1974. One of Cloughs first acts was to chop up Revie's desk and chair with an axe!
The book brilliantly combines two interweaving stories: the 44 days of Cloughs Leeds reign, and the story of Cloughs management career from the end of his playing days through injury to his appointment as manager of Leeds. The book tells of a bygone age where footballers smoked and drinked and is a far cry from the game today where you are barely allowed to tackle the overpaid prima donna players...