Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has received praise from Burnley boss Sean Dyche, as reported by The Lancashire Telegraph.
The pair came face-to-face this evening in the third round of the Carabao Cup, Clough’s Brewers winning 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium. However, the pair have known each other since their playing days. Ahead of this evening’s game, Dyche recalled his first encounter with Clough:
“I’ve always had so much respect for him. He’s very straightforward, a respectful figure in the game.
“I remember being on loan at Chesterfield as a young pro from Forest, I went back to a game and he was in the stand and he made it a point to come over and speak to you, ask you how it was going.
“I was a young pro and he was a recognised first team player, there was no need for him to do that. That’s what he’s like.
“I’ve always held that in high regard, it seems a small thing but it means a lot when you’re a young player and he asks you ‘how it’s going? What’s the style of play? How are you finding it?’ It was a proper conversation and I remember it to this day.”
Former defender Dyche didn’t make the grade at Nottingham Forest, whereas Clough made over 300 appearances and lifted the League Cup twice. Dyche, however, has surpassed his former teammate in terms of success in the dugout and has guided Burnley to two promotions from the Championship since hanging up his boots.
Despite his success, the Clarets boss remains a fan of Clough and waxed lyrical about his opposite number’s managerial career so far:
“He’s done the hard yards. First time around at Burton he helped to build a club, I thought he did a very good job at Derby, a different Derby to what we know now, he was developing players.
“I think he had four-ish seasons, it’s not easy to do anyway, but it’s a club were there is a high demand on managers.
“He went on to Sheffield United and did a pretty good job there when there was a bit of turmoil with ownership.
“Then back to Burton and doing a great job.”
Burton lie 15th in League One after suffering relegation from the second tier last season and Burnley haven’t raced out of the blocks either, accumulating just four points from their opening six Premier League games.