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Panel picks Clough statue design
Les Johnson's design
Mr Clough's family helped to pick the winning design
A design has been chosen for a statue of former football manager Brian Clough planned for Nottingham City Centre.

Three miniature statues went on display in the city's Council House to help decide which design to choose.

Sculptor Les Johnson's design of Brian Clough standing with his hands clasped above his head will be made into an eight foot (2.4m) bronze statue.

A selection panel, including members of the Clough family, chose the statue which will cost 70,000 to make.

The money for the memorial has been raised by the Brian Clough Statue Fund.

Clough won the League Championship at Derby County and at Forest, before going on to win two European Cups with the Nottingham club.

Hampshire-based sculptor Les Johnson said he was delighted his design had been chosen.

Brian Clough
Brian Clough died in 2004

"It's a real pleasure and honour to be selected. I came from Australia around the time of Brian Clough's heyday when he won all the championships.

"Brian has taken such an important place in the history of Nottingham so there's a certain amount of pressure there to get it right.

"I feel confident I can achieve the likeness of Brian as well as a very iconic figure that will stand in the centre of Nottingham."

A seven-foot (2.13m) statue showing Clough aged 24 was unveiled in his home town of Middlesbrough in May 2007.

Clough was a prolific goal scorer as a player, with 197 goals in 213 league games at Middlesbrough from 1955 to 1961.

He moved to Sunderland in 1961 and played until 1964, scoring 54 goals in 61 league games.

He died in September 2004 from stomach cancer at the age of 69.

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