Nigel Clough is a hero in the eyes of Nottingham Forest supporters. The Mansfield Town boss is second on the list of all-time goalscorers at the City Ground. On Saturday, he had Reds fans in stitches with some comments during his post-match interview.
The Stags were beaten 3-2 by Bradford at One Call Stadium. Clough’s team had held the lead but Andy Cook’s goals gifted the Bantams all three points against his former club.
Clough was incensed. After the game, he gave an interview that the famous Brian Clough would have been proud of, suggesting that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
He launched into Elliott Hewitt for his performance. He came up against Charles Vernam, with the pair having played together at Grimsby Town.
Clough told the Stags official website: “I probably picked the wrong team today, I should have picked Kellan Gordon and that was probably a mistake on my part.
“Elliott Hewitt played with the lad at Grimsby who scored and then made the third goal. He’s obviously very good friends with him because he’s not tackled him all game.”
The Stags have won twice and drawn one of their games this season, with Saturday’s defeat their first of the campaign.
What have Forest fans made of the comments from Clough?
Quite frankly they’ve loved them. It’s quite refreshing to hear a manager say things exactly how they are and not sugarcoat a poor performance.
Chris Hughton came out after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke and suggested Forest played pretty well. Plenty would disagree on the basis that the Reds failed to register a shot on goal during the contest.
Clough will undoubtedly dream of managing Forest one day. Whether he gets the opportunity remains to be seen and the ship could have indeed sailed.
In the immediate future, the former Forest striker will have hopes of taking Mansfield up and into League One during 2021/22.
Hughton must get some points on the board to ensure Forest don’t join the Stags in the third tier.
Following his comments, supporters have reacted. Forest fans have been delighted with how Clough has adopted his dad’s style when it comes to post-match interviews and have reacted on Twitter.