The six Premier League rebel clubs all changed their minds after seeing the depth of feeling against the league from fans.
On being told of their withdrawal just minutes after seeing his Stags side beat Scunthorpe 3-0 to achieve EFL safety, Clough smiled: “Good – so they should.
“I am not quite sure how it got this far and the fact that the people who make these decisions don't anticipate the sort of reaction and backlash that there has been says an awful lot about how out of touch they are.”
He said his late father, Brian Clough, would have felt the same.
“You could not repeat what my dad would have said about this,” he said.
“He would have been very dismayed by what has happened to football in the last 20-odd years with greed being the overriding factor.
“Football has changed immeasurably since the Premier League especially with elitism and the lower division clubs.
“It used to be much more that everybody looked after everybody in football and I don't see that any more.”