Clough Family Want Nothing To Do With Film!

Last updated : 19 March 2009 By Boro Mad

Michael Sheen insists his new film's portrayal of Brian Clough is "affectionate", but the football legend's family stayed away from the premiere of The Damned United in London.

They were unhappy with David Peace's novel and have now also shunned the movie which has been adapted from it.

But Sheen told The Times: "I completely understand why [his family] would be worried - if it was a member of my family I'd feel the same way. But it's an incredibly affectionate portrayal."

The Damned United focuses on his infamous 44-day spell as manager of Leeds United in the 1970s.

The film hits UK cinemas on 27 March.