The Damned United After failing to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, England manager Alf Ramsey is replaced by Don Revie (Colm Meaney), the highly successful manager of title=”Leeds United A.F.C. “>Leeds United. Revie’s replacement at Leeds is Brian Clough (Michael Sheen), the former manager of title=”Derby County F.C. title=”Derby County F.C. Clough is also not with Peter Taylor ( Timothy Spall) who was his long-time assistant. The Damned United HD
Clough’s disagreement with Leeds is revealed in an 1967 FA Cup match. The match was played between Leeds who were the top team of the First Division [44, and Derby which was struggling to get out of the Second Division. Clough assumed Revie to be a similar man to himself, as they grew up in the same part of Middlesbrough and both played for title=”Sunderland A.F.C. title=”Sunderland A.F.C. Revie did not recognize Clough as he entered the Baseball Ground on the day of the match. 5 Clough initially blames the Leeds players for their brutality, however both he and Taylor are now aware that they’re not good at technical levels. They have signed Dave Mackay ( Brian McCardie) as well as a number of other youngsters. The chairman, Sam Longson ( Jim Broadbent) is extremely concerned about the purchase. In the year 1969, Derby is promoted but defeats Leeds 5-1 in their first league game. In 1972, Derby win their first League championship. The result is the start of a European Cup campaign. They go through to the semi-finals against title=”Juventus F.C.”>Juventus. Longson recommended Clough to play his best team against Leeds during the game prior to the semi-final. It was for the pride and determination to defeat Revie. Both players are injured. Billy Bremner ( Stephen Graham) is sarcastically wishing Clough best of luck in the semi-final. [66
Taylor is struck by an attack of the heart and Clough is attempting to save his job by offering Taylor and his resignation in protest at the inability of the chairman to pay for any more signings. Clough however is a fan of the team and angry when directors accept his resignation. Clough is hoping to be reinstated following the protests of Derby supporters raise his hopes. Clough is also backed by the majority of his players, however his former teammate Dave Mackay takes over as manager. Clough is soon disinterested by Derby supporters and is unable to stand a chances of being able to get his job reinstated. He and Taylor are then offered jobs at Title=”Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. Title=”Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. After a fully-fledged vacation in Majorca and Majorca, they decide to accept the positions. After a vacation, Clough agrees that he will be the one to take over Leeds. But, Taylor, an all-expense-paid travel agent, suggests that they stay in Brighton.
In the “present” storyline, Clough alienates his players in their first training session. Clough accuses them of cheating to earn the awards they have earned and forces them to play a seven-aside game just as they were in school. Bremner says that Revie did not force the players to play this way. Clough then reminds them that Revie isn’t the person who caused it to occur and threatens to impose severe penalties for anyone who speaks about his former manager or his tactics.
The season starts with a Charity Shield match against FA Cup winners title=”Liverpool F.C. title=”Liverpool F.C. The match is marked by Billy Bremner, Leeds’ captain, who gets into an altercation with Kevin Keegan. Both players are dismissed and in protest, they throw off their shirts and leave the field naked-chested. Leeds lost the game and Bremner is banned for two months. Leeds will have to begin the new season without their captain. Leeds are now at risk of losing their place in the league after winning the title. Following Bremner and his team members voice their displeasures to Clough and the club terminates Clough’s contract within just 44 days. But, he demands that the players pay a massive compensation package for their severance. Clough is willing to make a final appearance to Yorkshire Television but Revie will be there to challenge Clough. The two individuals face-to-face. Clough declares that Revie is cold-hearted and is ‘fundamentally honest’ as an individual and an administrator of a football team. Revie, on the contrary claims Clough as rigid as well as “egocentric”. Clough refers to the 1968 FA Cup incident. Revie says he was unaware who the manager of the rookie was, which is a bit doubtful given that Revie was well-known for his thorough research of each opponent his team faced. Clough is then driven to Brighton following the interview to speak to Taylor. Clough actually kneels to Taylor’s orders and the two are able to come to an agreement.
The film’s conclusion informs the viewers that Don Revie “failed” as England manager, and did not return to the field in England. He was able to spend the remainder of his time in the Middle East where the club was accused of financial management lapses. Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, meanwhile, reunited at the “small, provincial club” Title=”Nottingham Forest F.C. Title=”Nottingham Forest F.C. They also won two consecutive European Cups, 1979 and 1980, which surpassed both Revie and Revie’s time at Derby. The film ends with the words “Brian Clough is one of the best managers that the England team has ever experienced.”