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Managers Coaching Their Former Teammates

There are few high-profile managers across the globe who are currently in charge of their former teammates, including Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and Benni McCarthy, who recently had an ex-colleague join him at Cape Town City, but can you name more?

Click through the gallery above to see nine bosses who are managing former teammates of theirs!

Following his move to Cape Town City in late September, Mark Mayambela scored on his debut under the struggling McCarthy. The midfielder was once a teammate of the Bafana Bafana legend at Orlando Pirates, but the pair did not spend too much time together on the field.

When Frank Lampard was given the Chelsea job ahead of the 2019/20 season, right-back Cesar Azpilicueta might have been excited to reunite with his former colleague.

After the Spaniard's arrival at the Blues in the 2012, he became teammates with the legendary Lampard, who would only spend two years with him before his switch to New York City FC in the MLS.

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Lampard then controversially returned to the Premier League with Manchester City in 2014 despite his many years at Chelsea, becoming a rival to the Spain international.  

Zidane currently manages defender Sergio Ramos at Los Blancos, but like McCarthy and Mayambela, they also played alongside one another for a short time. The centre-back signed for Real in 2005, playing just a single campaign with the Frenchman, who retired a year later.

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard works with his ex-Liverpool colleague Jon Flanagan in Scotland, while new Genoa boss Thiago Motta once played with Serie A icon Goran Pandev at Inter Milan – click through the gallery above to see more coaches who are currently managing their former colleagues!

Can you name any other managers who have managed former teammates of theirs? Let us know in the comments section below.


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