I bumped into a forner Rams player of that era t'other night in ze pub. A clough stalwart. Although it wasnt condusive to success, as an ex military person, I liked Cloughs approach to man mangement. Spade was a spade it seemed to me.
Now, as mystery footballer was being rather open and chatty (it was remembrance sunday, I was in my medals & finery and he was genuinely interested in us) I, full of Glenmorangie flavoured truth serum struck.
I asked what he was like to play for, was he really that bloke I hoped he was? The reply was thus (slightly, condensed)
"Yeah that basically, he loved flat out 100% ers. You put it in, even if you had a bad game the 100% meant more than the mare of a personal performance. He HATED Kris Commons types who sacheted nonchalantly around knowing they were good but only once in 5 games"
For that alone I'm in. We also talked about Shaun Barker and the uneccessary but good thing he did squaring him away with a conrraxt while probably not going to play again.
Was that an insurance or lack of thing?