Martin O’Neill has told TalkSPORT (15/11; 11:35) that Nottingham Forest legend Brian Clough would have adapted to the modern game.

The man who has played for and managed Forest was quizzed on the iconic figure by presenter Jim White earlier today.

Naturally, the opportunity wasn’t missed to discuss Clough and his brilliance from the 1970s and 1980s.

Clough defied the odds to bring two European Cups to Forest, achieving the feat in back-to-back campaigns.

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O’Neill didn’t play in the first final but made amends the year later by helping the Reds claim their second win by beating Hamburg.

The former winger’s time at the club as a manager wasn’t quite as successful and he’s not held a managerial position since.

On Clough, however, he has no doubt over whether or not Clough could cut it in today’s game.

He told TalkSPORT (15/11; 11:35): “I get asked this one a lot over whether he would have been successful in the modern game.

I think he would have seen these changes. He’d have adapted as he was that good.

“There are lots of things he would have thought, ‘I don’t like this game’, but absolutely he could have adjusted.

O’Neill thinks Clough would have adapted to the modern game

It would have been quite something to have seen Clough going up against the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Frankly, the Manchester City and Liverpool boss’ wouldn’t know what had hit them!

Clough was one of a kind and his outspoken, brutally honest persona is probably why he never managed the England national team.

On Trentside he was absolutely worshipped though and Clough is an iconic figure at the City Ground.

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He oversaw 464 wins from 994 games as Forest boss, leaving in 1993 with a win percentage of 46%.

During his time at the City Ground, he won one league title, four League Cups, two European Cups and a European Super Cup.

O’Neill is right to suggest that Clough would have adapted.

He overcome a number of adversities during his time at the Reds and the modern-day game would likely have been a doddle for him too.

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