Club: Nottingham Forest
Position: SS*, CF, AM
Top Speed: 78
Dribble Accuracy: 84
Dribble Speed: 82
Short Pass Accuracy: 85
Short Pass Speed: 75
Long Pass Accuracy: 83
Long Pass Speed: 75
Shot Accuracy: 82
Shot Power: 83
Shot Technique: 84
Free Kick Accuracy: 84
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 85
Injury Tolerance: B
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot frequency: 6
Nigel Howard Clough (born 19 March 1966) is an English former footballer and the current manager of Derby County. He played predominately as a striker, but later in his career was used as a midfielder. In his first spell he scored 101 goals in 311 appearances for Forest.
He is most famous as a Nottingham Forest player, where he was coached by his father Brian Clough, who publicly referred to him as "The Number 9". He made a total of 403 appearances in two spells at the club and is the club's second highest goalscorer of all time with 131. He also won 14 caps for England.
Clough joined Forest on leaving school in 1982 but did not become a regular first team player until the 1986–87 season, when he was the club's joint leading goalscorer with 14 league goals.
He helped Forest win two League Cups in successive seasons (1989 and 1990). In the 1989 Final, he scored two goals as Forest came from behind to beat holders Luton Town 3–1.
He was also on the losing side for Forest in the 1991 FA Cup final and 1992 League Cup final. He received great plaudits from football writers who appreciated the unhurried intelligence of his play and unflappable demeanour and was touted by some as a possible replacement for Gary Lineker, who retired from the England team in 1992 although he seemed the absolute opposite of the type of player favoured by manager Graham Taylor.
However, a steady decline in his career began in that year perhaps adversely affected by the scandals which marred his father's departure from the game. He was also one of the Forest players who had to cope with the horrors of the Hillsborough disaster during the opening minutes of their FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool. Clough played in the rescheduled game at Old Trafford, which Liverpool won 3-1.
He was Forest's leading scorer with 10 league goals in the inaugural FA Premier League campaign (1992–93) but the club finished bottom of the league and were relegated after 16 years in the top flight. Clough senior retired as manager while Clough junior was sold to Liverpool in a £2.75 million deal, but the evergreen form of veteran striker Ian Rush and the emergence of Robbie Fowler saw Clough struggle to hold down a first-team place at Anfield. His most memorable Liverpool performance was in the 3–3 draw with Manchester United, scoring two goals, leading to Martin Tyler's shout of "It's Nigel Clough again!"
He did not feature in their 1995 League Cup win over Bolton Wanderers at Wembley, and the subsequent arrival of Stan Collymore further reduced his chances of first team action, and in January 1996 he agreed to move to Manchester City in a £1.5 million deal.
However, Clough was part of the Manchester City team that was relegated from the Premier League in 1995–96, and after their relegation to Division One could not hold down a first-team place partly due to a degenerative heel injury. He made a handful of appearances in 1997–98 when they were relegated again, to Division Two - and was given a free transfer at the end of the campaign.
He had been loaned back to Nottingham Forest during the 1996–97 season, but was unable to prevent their relegation from the Premier League.
As a player
League Cup winner (2): 1988-89, 1989-90 League Cup finalist (1): 1991-92
FA Cup finalist (1): 1990-91