And though the Forest job was recently vacant, Clough claims the County post was only position he wanted.
In a lot of ways Derby is my hometown club," said Clough, who spent a decade at Burton and left them top of the Blue Square Premier Division.
Clough was deliberating whether to accept the Derby job when the fourth-round draw pitted them at home to their fierce local rivals.
Clough said: "I hope both sets of fans respect both managers.
Moreover, the new evidence provides a fresh starting-point for a long-standing problem in how Clough is read.
6) By the 1790s, when James Butler Clough was starting in cotton, two-thirds of all the bankrupts in England came from Manchester and Liverpool (Hoppit, p.
Successive Clough biographies, while usually recognizing that Clough's father had serious financial difficulties in the early 1840s, are remarkably vague about James Butler Clough's business in the previous decades.
Though this third failure does not seem to have involved formal bankruptcy, it did require the very Victorian expedient of reliance on richer family members co-signing postdated promissory bills, bills which James Butler Clough had no realistic hope of repaying.
Once he got to Oxford, it was not Newmanism alone that made Clough feel the ground shifting under his feet.
In the period following his father's third failure, Clough did some fairly serious reading in then-current economic theory.
The team might not have done it his way but Clough would have been chuffed to bits with such an emotion-packed send-off.
TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND: Nottingham Forest players bow their heads during a minute's silence for Brian Clough before the game; GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Nottingham; Forest supporters - young and old - show their feelings at a memorial service for Brian Clough