Your daily dose of football reaction, debate & analysis from the Premier League, EFL and beyond, plus interviews with the biggest names in the game.
Ten Hag’s troubles & Begović on Everton
Darren Fletcher hosts the Friday Football Social, looking ahead to the weekend’s Premier League action. He’s joined by ex-Ireland internationals Clinton Morrison and Stephen Kelly. Hear from Erik ten Hag on the Marcus Rashford situation. Catch Antonio Conte on the gap between Spurs and Chelsea. Would Aubameyang be a good fit at Chelsea? Defender Sol Bamba joins the pod to talk about Leicester and their opponents Arsenal. And Everton goalkeeper Asmir Begović drops in to discuss their chances this season.
2:40 – Man Utd,
16:30 – Spurs,
24:55 – Chelsea,
30:00 – Leicester,
36:05 – Arsenal,
44:05 – Everton.
72+: Shanahan’s summer shenanigans, Uncle Stevenage and Sunny’s delight
Aaron Paul is joined by Port Vale chair Carol Shanahan and Leyton Orient manager Richie Wellens to talk all things EFL.
Carol discusses how Vale prepared for the step up to League One over the summer and what promotion meant to manager Darrell Clarke, after his 18-year-old daughter Ellie tragically passed away earlier this year.
Stevenage manager Steve Evans drops by to explain why he wants his team to work as hard as Barcelona and how he injured himself celebrating their win over Stockport...
And we hear from Sunny Gill, who’s set to become the first South Asian referee to officiate an EFL game since his dad Jarnail over a decade ago, when he takes charge of Northampton’s game against Hartlepool on Saturday. He tells us how his day job of being a prison officer has helped him become a professional referee.
Euro Leagues: What’s going on at Barcelona?
Steve Crossman is joined by French football journalist Julien Laurens, Rory Smith from the New York Times and The Athletic’s La Liga writer Dermot Corrigan, to explain the financial situation at Barcelona and why they are still able to buy players.
The panel go through what has happened so far at the club and explain how they are trying to keep themselves afloat.
Plus the team discuss the treatment of Frenkie de Jong and other key players.
Rashford, Rabiot and Scouting Scots
Steve Crossman is joined by Julien Laurens, Kristoff Terreur and James Horncastle to discuss the latest transfers from across Europe.
Could we see Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford head to PSG and is Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot heading to Old Trafford?
Scout Francesco Strozzi gives insight into why a number of Italian clubs are getting stuck into the Scottish market.
Plus the panel chat Roma and Real Madrid with Serie A and La Liga starting this week.
05’00 Marcus Rashford to PSG
11’00 Adrien Rabiot to Man United
23’00 Serie A and La Liga preview
36’00 Francesco Strozzi interview
EFL cupsets, role-playing and football break-ups
Steve Crossman is joined by the Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe, the former Leyton Orient and Reading midfielder Jobi McAnuff and EFL expert Mark Clemmit to reflect on the EFL Cup first round.
As half of the clubs in the Championship have already been knocked out by lower league opposition at the first round stage, the panel debate whether the EFL Cup is a distraction or an opportunity.
Barrow manager Pete Wild joins the pod after his side knocked Blackpool out of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night and tries to sign a ‘young up-and-coming player’ from Steve Crossman.
And Morecambe goalkeeper Connor Ripley is reunited with his former manager Ryan Lowe – to celebrate his side’s victory over Stoke City on Tuesday – and to re-live their football break-up…
2’00” – Why have so many Championship clubs been knocked out so early on?
6’20” – Reaction to Middlesbrough’s 1-0 defeat to Barnsley
9’36” – Interview with Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder
11’20” – Barrow manager Pete Wild
25’30” – Morecambe goalkeeper Connor Ripley
Rangers' recovery, Werner's homecoming and League Cup drama
Kelly Cates is joined by former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam and former Tottenham full-back Stephen Kelly.
Roddy Forsyth brings us reaction from Ibrox after Rangers came from two goals down on aggregate to beat Union Saint-Gilloise and reach the Champions League play-offs.
The guys discuss Timo Werner's return to RB Leipzig, Everton's signing of Belgium international Amadou Onana and Manchester United ending their interest in Marko Arnautovic.
Plus Aaron Paul rounds up a dramatic night of action in the first round of the League Cup, with six matches going to penalty shootouts.
Regarding Monday 25 April edition
Regular listener and enjoy the podcast but in regards to Monday 25/4: a reference was made by a contributor to a club owned by a “dictator that dismembers journalists”.
We all know that Newcastle is the club referred to and I’m glad that part was retained in the podcast but very disappointed that there was obvious editing out of any other comments regarding that.
So disappointing that the BBC clearly won’t let discussion of that to be broadcast. It is fact.
The fact that this owner is welcomed into the Premier League is bad enough but discussion of the matter on the public broadcaster should not be silenced
Great show except when they bring in the tokens instead of the experts. Then it sounds like kids who got to use the studio. Or were making a show in their bedroom.
So offended you didn’t hold Marca accountable for their vicious words regarding Gareth Bale. Except for Clinton Morrison who didn’t get to voice his opinion until the Marca journalist had left the call. No agenda here, I’m a Scottish national supporting Newcastle United. BBC at its worst again. Be better please because you are one of the best. Very sad you didn’t back Gareth’s voice. A parasite?