15 footballers who were managed by their dad – and whether it worked out or not

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Whatever industry you work in, you will always find some sort of family favouritism.

It's a bit more cutting in football: there’s no hiding behind your father if you can't even juggle a ball or make a pass.

Fundamentally, if you have the talent, you have it. If you don’t, then there’s not much else you can do about it, even with one of your parents on side.

It may surprise you to know that there have been well over ten times at the elite level in which a father has presided over his son while as manager of the same club.

Here Daily Star Sport takes a look at whether any of the notable examples worked out for either son or father.

Bob Bradley, Michael Bradley – Toronto FC & USA, 45 matches

AS Roma announced the sale of Bradley to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer in 2014. He’s forged a brilliant career there, and even become the club’s captain.

Just last month it was announced that he would be reunited with his father, Bob, once more, with the senior Bradley coming in as coach and sporting director.

The younger Bradley, 34, has indeed already been coached by his father, 63, before, featuring in 45 games under him for the USA national team.

The pair had a good run in the national side, never blowing teams away, but enjoyed highs such as victory in the Gold Cup in 2007, and a second-place finish in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Ahead of Toronto FC’s appointment of Bradley, Extratime co-host Charlie Davies said: "They’re both stewards of the game. They watch it religiously, they talk about it religiously, and so it’s going to be interesting, not so much the dynamic because I’ve seen it, it’s worked, (but) Michael being 34 and not being able to play the way he used to play."

Harry Redknapp, Jamie Redknapp – Southampton, 17 matches

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Harry and Jamie Redknapp are probably the most famous father-son pairing in English football today.

In 2004, Harry made the move from Portsmouth to their fierce rivals Southampton.

His task was to keep the Saints in the Premier League – but he ultimately failed, with the south-coast club falling outside the elite division for the first time in 27 years.

During this time, Jamie was in his final season as a player. He played 17 times under his dad and scored one goal, netting in a FA Cup third-round contest against Northampton.

Cesare Maldini, Paolo Maldini – Italy, 22 matches

The Maldini family have gone all the way to the present way, with Daniel Maldini playing as an attacking midfielder for AC Milan.

His grandfather, Cesare Maldini, also played for the Serie A side, competing in 412 matches.

After coaching the side between 1972-1974, Cesare joined Milan as a manager on an interim basis in 2001.

Of course, then he oversaw the side while his son, Paolo, was playing in defence.

The side finished sixth place, failing to qualify for the Champions League. But a memorable 6–0 victory over Inter helped lick those wounds.

Danny Blind, Daley Blind – Netherlands, 14 matches

Danny Blind was appointed as Guus Hiddink's successor as manager of the Netherlands in 2015.

With his son, Daley Blind, in the side, he failed to qualify for the Euro 2016 competition and was subsequently sacked by the Dutch FA in 2017.

It was a very short-lived period in which neither father nor son could pull their home nation from the slump.

Zinedine Zidane, Luca Zidane (one match), Enzo Zidane (24 matches) – Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane felt his two sons were good enough to have a crack at playing for Real Madrid.

Obviously, their dad’s links to Real enabled them a few games in the senior side – but for the most part, they remained in the Real Madrid B team.

It never worked out for either. Luca Zidane, 23, featured a couple of times for his dad’s club before shipping off on loan to Racing Santander in 2019.

Today the goalkeeper is at Rayo Vallecano, where he’s just made a single outing this season.

Enzo, meanwhile, ended up as something of a journeyman. The 26-year-old midfielder failed to maintain a place at the highest level, leaving Los Blancos in 2017 and currently plays for Ligue 2 club Rodez.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Darren Ferguson – Man Utd, 25 matches

Darren Ferguson's father brought him through the youth ranks at Manchester United, handing him a first-team debut in 1990.

With Bryan Robson out injured, Sir Alex Ferguson gave the midfielder a run out in United's first 15 games of the new Premier League in 1992–93.

The younger Fergie earned a winners’ medal for featuring in ten matches that season – but found himself out of action in the 1993–94 campaign and he was eventually transferred to Wolves for £250,000.

Darren, 49, made the move to management in 2007. He currently presides over Peterborough United and helped them achieve promotion to the Championship last season.

Johan Cruyff, Jordi Cruyff – Barcelona, 52 matches

Johan Cruyff promoted his son, Jordi, from the Barcelona B side to the first team in 1994.

He had a career laden with injuries – but enjoyed probably his best-ever season while playing under his father: in the 1994-95 campaign at the Nou Camp, the Dutchman in La Liga scored nine times and made 28 appearances as the side finished 4th.

However, the following season did not work out so well and the attacking midfielder was sold to Manchester United.

Today Jordi, 47, is a sporting advisor at Barca, while his father died in 2016 a footballing legend.

Henrik Larsson, Jordan Larsson – Helsingborgs, 63 matches

It was only a year later from when Jordan Larsson joined Helsingborgs that father Hendrik Larsson took over as manager.

He played Jordan for most games across the three seasons both were at the Swedish club.

The side were relegated to the Superettan, the country’s second-tier, in 2016 and the fuming home fans directed abuse at father and son.

They both left the same year – Larsson senior with a win percentage of 32.35% and his son with a record of 18 goals in 70 games.

Just last month 24-year-old Jordan was linked with a move to Celtic, the club of which his father is the third all-time goalscorer, after an impressive period with Spartak Moscow playing up front and drawing comparisons to style with his parent.

Paul Ince, Tom Ince – Notts County & Blackpool, 42 matches

After the pair had a brief spell as respective player and manager at Notts County, in January 2013 Paul rejoined his son, this time at Blackpool.

A few months later the younger Ince won the Football League Young Player of the Year.

Paul commented in the same summer that if Wilfried Zaha moved from Crystal Palace to Manchester United for £15 million, Tom should be valued at £25 million.

A year later Paul, 54, was sacked from the Seasiders and his son went to Hull City just the campaign after.

Today, the attacking midfielder, 29, is a regular for Championship side Stoke City, while Ince senior hasn’t worked since his time in north Lancashire in 2014.

Gary Johnson, Lee Johnson – Bristol City & Yeovil Town, 420 matches

As you can see from the heading, this father and son combination linked up for an incredible 420 matches across two clubs.

In 2001, Gary Johnson signed his son for a free transfer from Brentford just a month after assuming the role as the manager of Yeovil Town.

During this time, the Glovers achieved two promotions, reaching the Second Division – and Johnson junior was key component, winning the player of the year award three consecutive times.

Gary left for Bristol City in 2005 and his son left at the same time, only to go to Heart of Midlothian for a very short period.

Soon the pair reunited at City, where they both spent another five years in partnership.

Today, Gary is Torquay United boss, while Lee is a coach himself, at Sunderland in League One.

Dick Campbell, Iain Campbell (182 matches), Ross Campbell (150 matches) – Forfar Athletic

Iain Campbell was managed by his father, Dick, twice – at Ross County and Forfar Athletic.

He played alongside his brother Ross at Forfar and Montrose.

When Iain, 36, was at Forfar, he and his father earned promotion to the Second Division after defeating local rivals Arbroath in the play-offs. They then went on to make a playoff finish in three of the four seasons in League One.

Dick, 68, left in 2015 and is currently manager of Arbroath.

Iain left a year later and is now at Montrose. Ross departed from football in 2011. He is now 34 years old.

Steve Bruce, Alex Bruce – Birmingham City & Hull City, 116 matches

Alex Bruce, a defender like his father, signed a two-year deal with Hull City in 2012, just a month after Steve Bruce had taken over.

The 37-year-old was an integral part of the team that earned promotion to the Premier League the same year. While the club earned a Europa League place thanks to finishing as FA Cup final runners-up.

The side dropped down to the Championship again but somehow came up the following year once more. Even still, frustrated by a lack of transfer activity, Bruce left the club that summer.

Alex left a year later and is now at Macclesfield Town. His father, 60, was recently sacked by Newcastle and has expressed that he may never manage again.

Brian Clough, Nigel Clough – Nottingham Forest, 130 matches

Nigel Clough’s playing career came most notably while under the management of his father, at Nottingham Forest.

Clough junior played over 400 times in league, cup and European matches in two separate spells.

His 131 goals make him the second-highest scorer in the club's history.

His father, meanwhile, is the club’s best-ever coach, winning two European Cup, a First Division title, as well as four League Cups.

His son, 55, missed the halcyon years but shared two of those League Cup wins with his father.

Nigel is currently Mansfield Town manager, while Brian, who died in 2004, is considered one of the greatest managers to have ever lived.

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