Best father-son duos in football as Phil Neville set to manage Harvey

Former Manchester United player Phil Neville could find himself in an awkward situation next season after promoting his son to the Inter Miami first team.

Harvey Neville will step up from Miami’s sister club Fort Lauderdale to play under his father in 2022 following the club’s disappointing 11th-place finish in MLS’s Eastern Conference.

The 19-year-old right-back will join the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Blaise Matuidi and Ryan Shawcross in the Inter Miami squad next season.

He will also join an exclusive list of footballers who have worked directly alongside their father, either in a player-manager capacity, or even alongside each other on the pitch.

Daily Star Sport is on hand to take you through the 10 best father-son duos in football history.

Rivaldo & Rivaldinho

Brazil legend Rivaldo is 23 years older than his son, the brilliantly named Rivaldinho, but that age gap did not stop the two playing – and scoring – in the same game back in 2015.

Rivaldo is club president of Sao Paulo side Mogi Mirim and came out of retirement six years ago to play for the team, aged 43.

He showed he still had it, too, as the pair scored in the same game, netting all three goals between them in a 3-1 victory over Macae.

Rivaldinho has led a nomadic existence, playing in Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania and now turns out for KS Cracovia in Poland.

Harry & Jamie Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has been one of the longest-serving managers in English football, launching the careers of many players – and one of those was his own son.

Jamie was handed his professional debut for Bournemouth at the age of just 16 by his dad and impressed enough over a year with the Cherries to earn a move to Liverpool in 1991.

The midfielder’s career was even bookended by his dad, who signed him for Southampton in 2005 before injuries took their toll and he had to retire aged 31.

Zinedine, Enzo & Luca Zidane

Zinedine Zidane has four sons, Enzo, Luca, Theo and Elyaz. At one point all of them were on the books at Real Madrid.

Enzo Zidane played under his father in Real Madrid’s Castilla B team, where Zinedine was manager between 2014 and 2016, before he made the step up to the first team.

Once in charge of Real Madrid, Zidane Sr encountered goalkeeper Luca, three years younger than Enzo, who was called up to the first-team squad in 2018.

Luca was third-choice goalkeeper in the squad which won the 2017/18 Champions League.

Cesare & Paolo Maldini

The Maldini name is inextricably linked with AC Milan, with three generations of the family turning out for the club.

Both Cesare and Paolo are considered club legends, while Paolo’s son Daniel Maldini is just making his way in the team as a 20-year-old attacking midfielder.

Cesare Maldini played for Milan between 1954 and 1966 before going into management where he took charge of Italy from 1996 to 1998.

That brought him into direct contact with Paolo, who captained Italy at the 1998 World Cup where they were knocked out on penalties in the quarter-finals by eventual champions France.

Danny & Daley Blind

The Maldinis at Milan, the Blinds at Ajax. Danny Blind spent 13 hugely successful years as a player at Ajax and later went into coaching with the Amsterdam side.

He was assistant manager while Daley Blind was making his early steps in the Ajax team and later managed the former Manchester United defender as Netherlands boss between 2015 and 2017.

Danny Blind returned to the national team set-up in the summer as Louis van Gaal’s assistant, so could still have some influence on his son, who is now back at Ajax.

Gheorghe & Ianis Hagi

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Ianis Hagi’s career has been influenced massively by his hugely famous father.

The 23-year-old came through the Gheorghe Hagi Academy in Romania before starting his professional career with Viitorul Constanta, who were founded, managed and owned by his father and have the nickname ‘Hagi’s Boys’.

Gheorghe remains in charge of the club, who are now called Farul Constanta, but Ianis has moved on via Fiorentina and Genk to Rangers.

Eidur & Arnor Gudjohnsen

The Gudjohnsen name is a famous one in Iceland, where it is synonymous with football.

Former Chelsea striker Eidur made his international debut as a 17-year-old when he came on as a second-half substitute to replace his father, Arnor, who was then 34.

Unfortunately they never got the chance to play alongside each other because Arnor was forced to retire due to injury, but it was still a moment both will remember forever.

“It was of course emotional,” Arnor said in a 2018 interview.

“It was a crazy thing to look across the changing room and see your own son there.”

Eidur has retired but the Gudjohnsen name lives on in football thanks to his three sons, Sveinn Aron, who plays for Elsborg in Sweden, Andri, who is in the Real Madrid B team, and Daniel, who is also on Real’s books.

Steve & Alex Bruce

Alex Bruce has been signed twice by his father during his career. The first time came at Birmingham City in 2005 in a stint which ended just a year later amid accusations of nepotism.

"I've always tried to put my feelings as a father to one side and make choices that are best for the football club,” Steve Bruce said after his son left for Ipswich.

"However, I cannot escape the fact that I am leaving myself open to charges of nepotism as far as Alex is concerned. It's not fair on me and certainly not fair on him.”

Those concerns did not last, as in 2012 Bruce once again moved to sign his centre-back son for Hull City.

“He's at the peak of his career and looks in good shape,” he said.

Now 37, Alex Bruce is still playing for Macclesfield, while his dad is taking some time out of management after being sacked by Newcastle last month.

Paul & Tom Ince

Tom Ince has played under his father twice, at Notts County and Blackpool.

Paul Ince gave his son his first taste of senior football when he took the winger on loan from Liverpool in the 2010/11 season at Notts County.

And he linked up with him again at Blackpool in 2013/14 after being appointed manager – in part because he had watched so many of his son’s matches over the previous 18 months.

Henrik & Jordan Larsson

Henrik Larsson has strong links with his hometown club Helsingborg, having played for the club twice during his career.

And when he took over as manager in November 2014, he had another link to ponder: his son, Jordan, was making his way in the game as a 17-year-old at the club.

“We have discussed this at home,” Henrik Larsson said upon his arrival. “It’s important to see the difference between Jordan the player and Henrik the dad. In my way of seeing things one should work for Helsingborg’s best interests.”

Henrik’s spell in charge didn’t last long, but Jordan’s career has gone in an upward trajectory, taking him to Spartak Moscow.

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