Published on February 20th, 2013 | by Lloyd Adams0
Keeping it in the family – father & son partnerships in football
With Paul Ince taking charge of Blackpool this week, and thus managing his son Tom Ince as well, Arts London News takes a look at other father/son partnerships in football.
Harry and Jamie Redknapp
One’s a gifted manager and the other an equally gifted player of his generation. Jamie played under his father on two seperate occasions at either end of his career. After rejecting Tottenham’s offer of a full-time contract Jamie left to join father Harry at Bournemouth AFC, aged 17, before he was signed by Liverpool and went on to play for Spurs later on.
He then ended his career, aged 32, at relegation candidates Southampton, where he had a short spell under his father, which ultimately went wrong, as the Saints were relegated from the Premier League.
Brian and Nigel Clough
Probably the most prolific father and son partnership. Under his father’s stewardship, Nigel Clough scored 101 goals in 311 appearances between 1984-1993, becoming the second highest ever scorer for Nottingham Forest.
Together they both witnessed highs and lows. Both winning successive League cups in 1989 and 1990, but had to live the horror of the Hillsborough disaster when Forest played Liverpool in the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.
When both Cloughs left Forest in 1993, the club faltered in pursuit of its former glories, a bit like the very men themselves.
Paul and Thomas Ince
Paul Ince was a fine player back in the 1990’s and his son Thomas looks to be a chip off the old block – the problem is can Paul turn his love for his son into managing him.
Paul has jumped into management from his playing days and achieved considerable success with MK Dons, although a dismal spell at Blackburn set him back a long way. But Ince is well-thought of in football circles and walks into an excellent job with some superb young players at Bloomfield Road. None more so than his son actually, with one of Ince’s most difficult early task being keeping hold of his highly-rated son.
Arnor and Eidur Gudjohnsen
On this occasion it wasn’t a case of father’s the gaffer and son’s the player. Representing Iceland at international level, Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced his father Arnor on the field in their game against Estonia (1996). It was the first time this had occurred on the international scene. The game finished 3-0 to Iceland.
Frank Lampard Senior & Junior
Frank Lampard’s start to his career was a real family affair, as he was a part of the West Ham team which had his uncle Harry Redknapp as manager and his father Frank Snr as assistant coach.
It wasn’t until the season of 1998/99 where this family affair got going though with Lampard helping the Hammers to fifth in the Premier League and a place in the Interoto Cup.
The following season he accumulated 14 goals, his highest tally whilst at Upton Park, but all good things come to an end, with all three men leaving West Ham in 2001. The younger Lampard left for Chelsea in an £11 million deal, going on to score 199 (so far) goals for the Blues, while Lampard senior and Mr Redknapp were given their P45s.