Amid Poyet talk, Five father and son football combinations

Brian Clough

Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, AC Milan, Blackpool, Yeovil and Bristol City all feature.

With new Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet rumoured to be signing son Diego from Charlton Athletic in January, we thought we’d have a look at five men who have managed their offspring.

Brian and Nigel Clough – The legendary European Cup winning Nottingham Forest manager gave his son a contract in 1984. Nigel went on to score 130 goals over nine years and left to join Liverpool shortly after his father’s retirement from management.

Sir Alex and Darren Ferguson – After bringing him through the youth ranks, the Manchester United manager gave the now Peterborough boss his debut in 1990. The midfielder made 30 league and cup appearances before moving to Wolves in 1994 for £250,000.

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Cesare and Paolo Maldini – In 1986, the young defender was picked by his Dad to represent Italy at Under-21 level.He then captained the senior side under his father in the 1998 World Cup before the pair were reunited again briefly in 2001 when Cesare managed AC Milan.

Gary and Lee Johnson - After leaving Arsenal at the age of 17, midfielder Lee joined his father at Watford who was a youth coach at the time. He joined him once again at Yeovil and under the management of Gary, achieved two promotions to reach what is now League One. After a short spell at Hearts, Lee once again was signed by his father at Bristol City, gaining promotion to the Championship before losing the play-off final to Hull at Wembley the next season.  Lee is now in charge at Oldham and faced off last season against his father who had returned to Yeovil. He was able to get one over his Dad, winning 1-0 and leading the side to League One survival.

Paul and Tom Ince – The former Manchester United and England midfielder became Blackpool manager in February this year with his son already at the club after joining from Liverpool in 2011. The duo have been influential in the Tangerines fantastic start to the season and will be hoping to be together next year in the Premier League.

Are there any other father and son teams you think deserve a mention? Let us know.

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