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Revue de presse

"The greatest novel on English football."
The Millions

"If there's one sports novel you should read, it's probably The Damned Utd . . . a meticulous, if fictional, reconstruction of a crucial period in the career of one of European soccer's most brilliant and fascinating figures . . . one of the most insightful portrayals ever put to print of the insecurity, pride, and vanity that make up the greater part of nearly any successful coach's character."
Deadspin

“Probably the best novel ever written about sport.” 
The Times (UK)

“Fascinating . . . Brilliant.”
The Guardian

The Damned Utd isn’t good, it’s brilliant. Vivid . . . compelling . . . as the reader, you are swept along. It is quite an achievement.”
The Scotsman

“The most extraordinary novel about football yet to appear.” 
Independent on Sunday

“The book that brought the legend back to life.” 
The Observer

"Shakespearean in its scale, ambition, depth and elements of tragedy, farce and betrayal."
Independent

"Now this, young man, is what you call an exceptional . . . book, as bold, brilliant and unconventional as Brian Clough himself, whose voice is vividly brought back to life . . . It is a great story grippingly revived."
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“Probably the best novel ever written about sport.” —The Times (UK)

He was a real-life, working-class hero known as the “British Muhammad Ali”—because he had a big mouth and wasn’t afraid to use it.

But Brian Clough wasn’t a boxer, he was a soccer coach, known for taking backwater teams and making them into champions. In towns where people had little else, the hard-drinking and scrappy Clough was a hero. He was especially beloved for telling it like it was on behalf of small-town teams everywhere—calling out the stars who played dirty, rival coaches he suspected of bribing referees, and the league that let them get away with it.

And then one day Clough was offered a job coaching the big-city team he’d called the dirtiest—the perennial powerhouse Leeds United.

The Damned Utd tells the story of the legendary Clough’s tumultuous forty-four days trying to turn around a corrupt institution without being corrupted himself—the players who wouldn’t play, the management that looked the other way, the wife and friends who stood by him as he fought to do the right thing.

The inspiring story behind the movie of the same name, The Damned Utd has been called by The Times of London, “The best novel ever written about sport.” --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .



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  • Broché: 368 pages
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber; Édition : New Ed (20 janvier 2007)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0571224334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571224333
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,3 x 12,4 x 2,5 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Gerando le 25 juillet 2014
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Quand un entraîneur égocentrique débarque dans un club qui représente tout ce qu'il hait, le choc est brutal. Le style incantatoire de David Peace rend assez bien compte de cet épisode mettant en scène l'une des grandes gueules du foot anglais, Brian Clogh, débarquant dans le "Dirty Leeds" dirigée par son ancien rival Don Revie. Construit comme un long monologue, avec une série de flashbacks, le livre peut être déroutant pour ceux qui ne sont pas familiers avec le foot anglais, mais c'est assez réussi stylistiquement, et l'on se dit que le fonctionnement de Clough ne doit pas être si différent de celui d'un Mourinho aujourd'hui.
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Fantastic read 18 février 2009
Par Jon Cummins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is a must read for any fan of English soccer/football.

Here's what you should know going in: Brian Clough was a legendary English manager, known for his cantankerous personality and massive drinking problem.

This book is fictional account of Brian Clough's 44 days of failure at Leeds United, written from his perspective, and interwoven with his great success at Derby County before he got the Leeds job, and at Nottingham Forest after he was fired by Leeds.

It is very well researched by David Pearce, acting as a mini biography of Clough while providing great insight into his personality. It's very well written too, I could barely put it down.
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Odd, young man 18 juin 2009
Par Pastor of Disaster - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
hmm, I am still undecided about this. I grew up in the English midlands and am still a die-hard Stoke City supporter, although exposed to large quantities of "Cloughie". I cannot decide what I really think of this book, as I did not know any of the protagonists well enough. You certainly get a sense from Brian Cloughs autobiographies that he might have been like this, but to be fair, who has a constantly running internal monologue like the one presented in the book? That being said, it is certainly a powerful book, and in my opinion sometimes reads more like a war story, certainly in the attitude of the troops to the new unpopular commander. I'm delighted to report that Stoke handed out some monumental batterings to Leeds in the 70s, and that Don Revie turned out to be a rubbish England manager and a traitor to English football. It indeed was a crime that Clough was no6t given the England managers job, especially when you see some of the clowns that subsequently held the post. (Glen Hoddle anyone?) Cloughie simply upset too many mandarins in the FA and his outspoken personality was ultimately his undoing.

As much as anything, this book shows the changes that football has undergone in the intervening 30 years, gone are the days where the manager was conducting the deals directly with players, doing backroom stuff, watering the pitches, and football is the worse for it. The game has been re-engineered to suit a fewer number of global megaclubs and it is no longer the pursuit of the working man.

I know that the majority of reviewers on this site of American, and well done to those of you that have tackled this book, but I do recommend you dig out some old clips of his inteviews and read some more about him. He may not have been a likeable man, but he was always in interesting one, a flawed one, and a talented one.

Perhaps this book does convey some of the essence of what Cloughie was about after all.
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CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE MOVIE 10 octobre 2009
Par Whippany Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Fascinating story about a bygone era. From a distance of 3,000 miles, Brian Clough always struck me as a brilliant but flawed man, and this novel certainly portrayed both his genius and his myriad failings. Gifted but stubborn; charming but angry; sentimental but insensitive; rigid but rogueish - he was all these and more, and the novel - based on his catastrophic 44-day reign at Leeds United - presents it all. Highly recommended.
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Please make sure you read other literature on Cloughie & perhaps LUFC as well. 13 janvier 2010
Par Tom Plum - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
We all have our "Dirty Leeds" in life. And please, I don't really know how this team played or judge them, these are just adjectives to me and work as a metaphor.

Okay, the basics are this is a running monologue, fiction based on true stories of a legendary football/soccer manager, Brian Clough. It is close to a one dimensional portrait of Clough, showing his aversion to "Dirty Leeds", a successful team back in the day of the mid-seventies who won the league that Derby played in, Derby being the team Clough managed prior to obtaining the head position at Leeds Utd. Football Club in 1974 and managering them for a period of only 44 days.

There is a lot to this book on reflecting on it for some time. In principle, Clough has an ethical and principaled dislike of the style of winning and play with which Leeds United Football Club became champions of Division I (not the Premier League which is the 'modern' name) English soccer, it is indeed an obsession of Clough's. Let's give Clough the benefit of the doubt & let's suppose he has some right to hold these views. Leeds losing their former manager Don Revie who goes on to manage the England National Team hired Brian Clough who goes out to tear down and start anew the Leeds Club, to build it up from scratch in a way he sees suitable, selling off old players, etc. and with the new Leeds, a new silky smooth style of play was his vision.

'Cloughie' may have been successful at Leeds but for personal problems such as being cantankerous as he was and alcoholism which unfortunately, he really did suffer from in life. Now, I am wondering why Clough was so successful at Nottingham Forest a few years later though clearly, this was a big learning experience. Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough as an aside, is a good treatise of his time at Nottingham by a journalist who got to know Clough very well, Duncan Hamilton's book was the William Hill sports book of the year. How might the situation at Leeds have gone if Clough had been able to contain his demons? Or was it the board of directors that did not give him enough "lead way"? As usual, there is more to the story than meets the eye. Clough's success in managing also seems highly dependent on his left-hand man, even virtually a co-manager, Peter Taylor. Taylor was at Hartlepool, Derby and Nottingham, all places of success for Clough. No Taylor at Leeds and obviously, no success.

The book really came alive it was so exciting, starting around pages 70-80 once I got use to the style of narrative here. The innovative writing style is used by Peace to present primarily two parallel stories that meet up with each other in time and intersect. Definitely worth a read but please, there are dozens of books on the subjects, of both Leeds United and Brian Clough. It is best to consider this book as but one volume out of many.

A movie has come out, "The Damned United", but you consider other books out there such as the one about his time at Derby previously,Clough's War: Nothing Stirred Him More than a Fight Brian Cough's Battle for Derby County and you could have more movies, maybe a tv series.
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"They Love Me For What I'm Not. They Hate Me For What I Am." 8 février 2011
Par Matthew Kresal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Having seen the film The Damned United some months back, I was intrigued to read its source material: the novel The Damned Utd by David Peace. Often this can put the reader at a disadvantage because this can leave the reader knowing what's to come in the novel. The Damned Utd though is a much different case though. Even though both as fictional accounts of famed British football (soccer to most of us Americans) manager Brian Clough's 44 day reign over the Leeds United football team in 1974 and the lead up to it, the novel is by its very nature a much different rendition. It is a dark but at times humorous journey into the mind of a flawed sports genius.

Writer David Peace made an unusual choice when writing the novel in that he choose to tell it not from the usual third person perspective but from Clough's point of view. I admit to knowing very little about Clough when I first saw the film version and then started reading the novel so I can not judge the novel version of Clough on its historical accuracy. As a piece of writing though, Peace's version of Clough is a fascinating character. Clough's famous ego is apparent throughout the novel, as is a strong sense of humor, but it is merely a mask. Beneath that mask is a man who feels the need to win and yet is riddled with doubts about his team, his abilities and ultimately himself as a person. As the novel progresses through each of the 44 days Clough spent at Leeds United, that mask slips more and more as Clough tries ever harder to enforce his will on a team he despises. There is also a vengeful side to him as well that drives him and that is initially brought about by his career ending injury when he was still a football player in 1962. These elements threaten to destroy him in the end as they lead him to take on a top rated team he despises without the help on the one man he really needs. While Peace's version of Clough may or may not be accurate, there is no doubt that he has created a fascinating character.

Peace also continuously switches between Clough's 1974 reign at Leeds United and the lead up to it that begins with Clough's 1962 injury. It is through this continuous shifting between time and place that the Clough of the novel comes alive as we discover that it was his need to win, combined with a vengeful spirit brought about by his injury, that drives him. We also, obviously, learn of what finally brought Clough to Leeds. We are also introduced to character's who barely appear in 1974 in person but haunt Clough's thoughts nevertheless. These include his long time assistant and good friend Peter Taylor and Leeds former manager Don Revie, who Clough curses throughout the novel. We also learn of Clough's genius as him and Taylor take low rated teams and builds them up over time to become champions in their own right but, as the novel reveals, his dark side leads him to taking on a job that threatens to destroy him as both plots come to a close at the novel's end.

As a result, The Damned Utd is a fascinating journey into the mind and career of a flawed sports genius: a man who appears to have a large ego and a great sense of humor to the world but is internally a man racked with doubts. It is the story of a man whose demons take him to the pinnacle of professional success yet lead him to throw away his friends and threaten to destroy his life. As I've said I can not judge the novel for its historical accuracy but as a piece of fiction is a compelling read about a man who ultimately comes to realize that in the end "They love me for what I'm not. They hate me for what I am."
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