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Thursday 23 November 2017

Famous managerial double acts

Steve Staunton with Bobby Robson in 2007 during their tenure with Ireland
Steve Staunton with Bobby Robson in 2007 during their tenure with Ireland
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

THREE THAT WORKED

1 Brian Clough and Peter Taylor (Derby County and Nottingham Forest)

Main honours won: Derby County – English First (Premier) Division 1971-72; Nottingham Forest – English First (Premier) Division 1977-78,'79; European Cup (Champions League) 1978-79 & 1979-80.

2 Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison (Manchester City)

Main honours won: English First (Premier) Division 1967-68; FA Cup 1969; League Cup 1969-70, European Cup Winners Cup 1969-70.

3 Bertie Mee and Don Howe (Arsenal)

Main honours won: English First (Premier) Division 1971; FA Cup 1971 and '72.

THREE THAT DIDN'T

1 Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier (Liverpool)

Evans had been Liverpool manager since 1994, but in July 1998 the club bosses brought Gerard Houllier in as co-manager with Evans. It ended in tears three months later with Evans resigning.

2 Steve Staunton and Bobby Robson (Republic of Ireland)

A hero as a player for his country, Staunton's first ever job as manager was with the Republic of Ireland. The FAI tried to patch over his inexperience by bringing Bobby Robson in alongside him but results, and Robson's health difficulties, went against them. They took office in January 2006 and finished up in October 2007.

3 Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski (Bayer Leverkusen)

A unique arrangement in German football when the two men were given the job as joint coach/manager by Leverkusen in April 2012. They both had difficulties with compromising at times. Hyypia now has sole control at the club.

Irish Independent

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