Manager favourites: Five players who repeatedly followed their bosses to new clubs; Tottenham and Leeds feature

Pepe Reina

Players who've represented Everton, Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United and West Ham United all feature in this list.

Sunderland manager David Moyes with Sunderland's Steven PienaarSunderland manager David Moyes with Sunderland's Steven Pienaar

A news story this week gave many fans a nostalgic smile, as it emerged that Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez wants to sign Pepe Reina - whom he managed at Liverpool - from Napoli, who Benitez also signed Reina for, as reported by the Mirror.

It would be the third time the duo have linked up if Newcastle can get the deal over the line, though they're far from the only manager-player combination that has been reunited more than once. Here are five players who've followed their managers more than once in their careers.

Former Nottingham Forest player John McGovernFormer Nottingham Forest player John McGovern

John McGovern

Brian Clough's trusted captain was so well thought of by the great man, that McGovern was signed three times by him. The pair met at Hartlepool United, and then Clough signed him for Derby County in 1968. There, he won the First Division title, and Clough then took McGovern with him to Leeds United, in what was an ill fated spell for both. After Clough went to Nottingham Forest in 1975, McGovern's phone rang again, and he made the best move of his career. With Forest, McGovern captained the side to two European Cup triumphs, a league title and two League Cup victories, and is considered a legend at The City Ground.

Sheffield United's Phil Jagielka takes over in goal from an injured Paddy KennySheffield United's Phil Jagielka takes over in goal from an injured Paddy Kenny

Paddy Kenny

Neil Warnock's affiliation with Kenny goes way back to 1998, when Warnock signed him for Bury and then took Kenny with him to Sheffield United in 2002. Signed on loan, initially as cover, Kenny eventually broke into the first team and impressed to the point he kept his place as Warnock's number one for the experienced manager's entire spell at Bramall Lane. After Warnock went to Queens Park Rangers, Kenny shortly followed, and was instrumental in QPR's promotion to the Premier League. Their partnership didn't end there however, as when Warnock got the Leeds job in 2012, Kenny followed for the fourth time in his career.

Steven Pienaar

Arguably David Moyes' most trusted aide in football, the South Africa international has been signed three times in total by the former Everton and Manchester United boss. In 2007, Pienaar signed for Everton on loan from Borussia Dortmund, and soon made that move permanent. Pienaar then went to Tottenham Hotspur, but it didn't work out for him, prompting Moyes to re-sign him at Everton. Moyes then left to take the United job, leaving Pienaar at Everton, but the duo reunited last summer when Moyes - at Sunderland - signed Pienaar as a free agent.

Niko Kranjcar - Tottenham Hotspur warms upNiko Kranjcar - Tottenham Hotspur warms up

Niko Kranjcar

One of Harry Redknapp's go-to players, it would be of no surprise to anyone if Kranjcar rocks up at Birmingham City in the near future. Redknapp first signed the Croatia international in 2006 for Portsmouth, and reunited with Kranjcar at Tottenham Hotspur in 2009. Both Redknapp and Kranjcar soon left Spurs - for QPR and Dynamo Kiev respectively - but it wasn't long before Redknapp signed him for a third time, as the midfielder joined QPR on a season-long loan in 2013.

Kevin Nolan

When Nolan was promoted via the youth system at Bolton Wanderers, he met manager Sam Allardyce, and so began a very strong bond between the two. Nolan was Allardyce's centrepiece at Bolton, and when Big Sam upped sticks to Newcastle, he signed Nolan with Newcastle's season looking in danger. Ultimately, Allardyce soon left St James' Park, but Nolan stayed and became a big fan favourite, before reuniting with Allardyce for a third time at West Ham United. Unfortuntely, as Allardyce has effectively retired, we will not see the two go head-to-head in a managerial capacity, as Nolan is now manager of League 2 side Notts County.

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