Four men who couldn't fill their father's footballing shoes

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Millions of boys across the world grow up wanting to follow in their dad's footsteps, but when you're the son of a footballing star it can be a little bit tricky.

Some footballing sons grow up to surpass their fathers achievements, but for others their football career is documented with the line: "He's not as good as his dad was."

There may be a few more footballing sons on the horizon in the not too distant future - Brooklyn Beckham is currently on the books with Queens Park Rangers Under 14's while Paolo Maldini's son has been given permission to use the number three shirt should he make the grade at AC Milan.

While Beckham senior will no doubt be desperate for his eldest son to replicate his career, it's going to be a tough task for Brooklyn, and with that in mind we take a look at five sons who never quite matched their fathers reputation.

4. Kasper Schmeichel

Kasper has big shoes, and gloves, to fill if he's to ever be regarded in the same esteem as Peter.

Scmeichel senior collected over 120 caps for Denmark and established himself as arguably the greatest goalkeeper in the Premier League era, picking up five league winners medals while earning the nickname 'The Great Dane.'

In contrast, Schmeichel is currently plying his trade in the Championship with Leicester having had spells at Leeds and Notts County after graduating from the Manchester City youth academy.

At 26 Kasper is relatively young for a goalkeeper but he has an awful lot to do, and to win, if he's going to come close to matching his fathers efforts.

3. Paul Dalglish

Men across the world will remember growing up insisting "My dad's better than yours," but if your name was Paul Dalglish, your dad probably was the best, because Paul's dad was 'King Kenny'.

Kenny Dalglish, arguably the greatest footballer ever produced by Scotland, earned 102 caps in a career which saw him win 10 First Division titles in Scotland and England, as well as three European Cups with Liverpool.

In contrast, Paul's trophy cabinet consists of two MLS Cups and, well that's it actually. Spending time as a youngster at his dad's former clubs, Celtic and Liverpool, the pressure was always going to be high. When the forward finally broke into a first team squad it happened to be at Newcastle, where his dad was the boss. 

Dalglish would spend the rest of his career on the move, rarely staying at a club for more than a year. Now he finds himself forging a coaching career in America, but his dad was a half decent manager too, winning the Premier League with Blackburn.

2. Jordi Cruyff

Johan Cruyff was such an influential figure in European football that Jordi decided against using the family name during his playing days in Spain.  Having come through at Barcelona, where his dad was manager, Jordi left for Manchester United shortly after Johan was sacked as the clubs manager in 1996.

Just as he had at Barca, Jordi enjoyed an impressive start at Old Trafford but injury would decimate his time in England and he returned to Spain where he played for Alaves and Espanyol before spells with Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine and Valletta in Malta.

Contrast this to his fathers career and it's clear to see who the better of the two were.

Johan was a three time Ballon d'Or winner, as well as being crowned Dutch footballer of the year on five different occasions and winning seven Erevidisie titles with Ajax, one with Feyenoord and one La Liga title with Barcelona. But, more than medals and honours, Cruyff was a key part of the Dutch team of the 1970's which revolutionised football with their brand of 'Total Football'.

While manager of Barcelona, Cruyff picked up an astonishing four consecutive La Liga titles and one European Cup, continuing to play 'Total Football' with the likes of Romario and Hristo Stoitchkov.

1. Nigel Clough

When your dad considers himself to be "in the top one" of managers and has a novel (later turned into the film The Damned United) written about you, you know you've got big shoes to fill.

Brian Clough remains a legendary figure in the game having taken Nottingham Forest from the second tier of English football to European Cup winners in just three years. Clough claimed consecutive European Cup titles while at Forest, as well as four League Cups to go alongside the two First Division titles he'd picked up, one with Forest and one with former club Derby.

Brian could play a bit too, notching just under 200 goals for Middlesborough before injury ended his career. 

Although Nigel wasn't quite as prolific as his dad, he had a healthy goalscoring record in his time with Forest and was twice voted as the clubs player of the year, as well as earning a place in England's Euro '92 squad. Clough sold his son to Liverpool in 1993 but things didn't go to plan at Anfield and Nigel would eventually wind up as player-manager at non-league Burton at the age of 32.

After a decade with Burton, Clough took charge of Derby in 2009, hoping to follow in his fathers footsteps and take the club to the top flight, but he was sacked last month with the club still in the second tier.

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