LONDON: Brian Clough, one of Britain’s most successful managers, has undergone a life-saving liver transplant, a Monday newspaper report said.
The Sun said Clough, who won the European Cup twice as manager of Nottingham Forest in 1979 and 1980, had the operation in Ireland last week.
It quoted his son Nigel, a former Forest, Liverpool and England striker and now manager at minor league side Burton Albion, saying it had been successful.
“Dad’s had a liver transplant and he’s doing okay,” he told the paper.
Clough, 67, admitted in his autobiography ‘Walking on Water’ last year that he had drunk heavily for several years and had been warned he would die if he did not quit.
He guided Derby to English championship wins in 1972 and ‘75 and was tipped as a future England manager before taking Forest to successive European Cup wins over Malmo and Hamburg.
Another leading British football figure, George Best of Manchester United and Northern Ireland, also had a liver transplant last July after years of alcohol abuse. – Reuters