This time it was for good. Nottingham Forest honoured him by renaming the City Ground's largest stand the Executive Stand the Brian Clough Stand. In June 1986 Clough was linked with the job of Scotland manager but the vacancy was filled by Andy Roxburgh (a long-serving member of the Scotland coaching set-up) instead.
Despite applying several times and being a popular choice for the job he was never appointed England manager and has been dubbed the "greatest manager England never had". In 1968–69 Derby were promoted as Second Division champions. Forest were relegated from the Premier League in 1993 after which Clough retired from football.