And that was how Leicester midfielder Gary McAllister's conversation with Brian Clough ended when he informed the manager of his decision to join Howard Wilkinson's Leeds instead of Cloughie's Nottingham Forest in 1990.
"It was bad timing. Looking back, I’d have loved to play under Clough in his pomp, but I had options and just felt Leeds were a better fit. Brian wasn’t impressed when I said I was going to Leeds," McAllister told Four Four Two about his decision to move to Elland Road.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, their initial £850,000 bid was rejected by Leicester boss David Pleat, which put Forest in the driving seat for the player's signature, but McAllister didn't want to go to the City Ground – apparently he wasn't too impressed with Forest's supremo.
There is a story that, during the meeting, Clough saw the cowboy boots McAllister was wearing and asked a series of questions about his private life.
Out of contract at Leicester, a tribunal eventually set the transfer fee at £1m and United got their man. The club were on the up and McAllister signed up for their first season back in the top division after eight years away. In the Scot, Leeds were buying a player of genuine class who formed part of a devastating midfield in alongside Gordon Strachan, David Batty and Gary Speed.
Promoted as winners of Division Two, Wilkinson was building a team capable of becoming champions of England, which they did in 1992; the final season before the Premier League's formation.