In 1974, which football manager was sacked after only 44 days in charge of Leeds United?
Brian Howard Clough (21 March 1935 – 20 September 2004) was an English football player and manager, being one of only four managers to have won the English league while managing two different clubs. He played as a striker and remains one of the Football League's highest goalscorers, but his career was shortened by a serious injury. As a manager, Clough's name is closely associated with that of Peter Taylor, who served as his assistant manager at various clubs in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. They achieved great successes with Derby County and Nottingham Forest.
In July 1974, Clough became manager of Leeds United, following Don Revie's departure to become manager of England, though this time Taylor did not join him. Clough's move was very surprising given his previous outspoken criticism of both Revie, for whom Clough made no secret of his deep disdain, and the successful Leeds team's playing style, which Clough had publicly branded "dirty" and "cheating".
He lasted in the job only 44 days before he was sacked by the Leeds directors on 12 September 1974, after alienating many of Leeds' star players. During one of the first training sessions he took for Leeds United, he reportedly said "You can all throw your medals in the bin because they were not won fairly". Winning only one match from six games and with only four points from a possible 12, Leeds were fourth from bottom in 19th position. This was their worst start since their last relegation campaign 15 years earlier.