Alan Biggs: Clough admits shame at ref rage

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Nigel Clough reckons he would cop the occasional “rollocking” from the old man if his legendary father could see some of his touchline tantrums.

The Sheffield United manager also tells of how Brian Clough once fined a Nottingham Forest player (Johnny Metgod) for being booked for dissent by having him handed an envelope as soon as he arrived back in the dressing room.

Both the admission, and that colourful story, came in a recent video chat with Nigel at the Blades training academy. During it, he also told how he won’t tolerate any penalty-seeking theatrics from his players. If they go down without contact being made, they are pulled for a word afterwards.

Besides the clamp on diving and dissent, there is a third major D word in this interview – the “disappointment” he feels in himself for failing on occasions to live up to his father’s exemplary attitude towards referees.

But he feels that match officials should be more open to the banter-style exchanges, and general communication, of Clough senior’s days. You can watch my interview

with the Blades boss on http://you-are-the-ref.com (YATR TV section)