Football: It’s Problematic!

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Everything’s a little too cosy in football’s game of family fortunes. Why do managers keep signing their sons and using them as agents? And just what persuaded Cardiff to give contracts to Willie McKay’s twins? By now, I expect you might have seen that old video clip of the time Harry Redknapp was hosting a question-and‑answer session at West Ham and taking a bit of heat from someone in the audience who seemed to suspect they might have taken their reputation as a family club a little too far. The irate fan didn’t seem to care when Redknapp said the 18‑year‑old...