What the footie happens behind the scenes in football? From the boardroom to the backroom staff #WhatTheFootie investigates how the business of football works. Every fortnight (Mondays) host Paul Musa is joined by agents, directors, players, sports scientists, fans, friends of the pod and more to debate the big topics and answer your burning questions. So be prepared to question everything that you know about the beautiful game. Previous guests include Les Reed, Chris Kirkland, Dave Bassett, Steve Morrow, Laura Raffety & Eddie Bonsu.
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40. Daniel Geey: Football Governance, The ESL Fallout & 50+1
This week’s What The Footie pod is with sports lawyer, author and podcaster Daniel Geey (Done Deal).
In this exclusive, Paul & Daniel discuss the future of football governance after the European Super League (ESL) fallout, why 50+1 won’t work, is it time for an independent football regulator, salary caps as a form of cost control, the fan-led review & so much more!
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39. Neil Banfield: 21 Years Coaching Alongside Wenger @ Arsenal
This week’s What The Footie Pod is with Neil Banfield. Neil spent 21 years coaching at Arsenal alongside Arsene Wenger, coaching the reserves, Elite Group & first team. Working with players like Cesc Fabregas, Ashley Cole, Robin Van Persie, Santi Cazorla, Serge Gnabry & more. He is now currently First-Team coach at QPR.
In this exclusive, we discuss the best youngster he ever saw at Arsenal, his relationship with Arsene Wenger, life behind the scenes at Arsenal, why the Championship is so undervalued, the art of coaching, why the u23s model needs revisiting, the evolution of coaching staff in football, preparing for matchdays and so much more.
38. Les Reed: Selling Van Dijk, Negotiating with Daniel Levy & Working with Southgate (Part 2)
For Part 2 of my exclusive What The Footie pod with Les Reed, we speak about the ins and outs of Virgil Van Dijk's transfer, the process of trusting young players like Luke Shaw and negotiating with Daniel Levy and super-agent Mino Raiola.
We also speak about England, the U21s performance in the Euros, Jude Bellingham's development, Jamal Musiala picking Germany, Gareth Southgate, project 2024, the biggest mistake that owners make in football & so much more.
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38. Les Reed: Hiring Pochettino, Scouting Mané & Running a Premier League Club (Part 1)
This week’s What The Footie Pod is an exclusive 2-part episode with Les Reed. Les spent just under a decade at Southampton as Vice-Chairman helping to guide them from League 1 to a sustainable Premier League club & recently spent time as technical director at The FA .
In this episode, Part 1, Paul and Les speak about creating a vision/philosophy with the owners, Pochettino’s interview, the process of scouting players like Mané, who was in the famous blackbox & the pressure of replacing the likes of Ronald Koeman, Luke Shaw, Virgil Van Dijk and so much more.
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37. The Future of Football: Tech, NFTs & Innovation with Steve Madincea @ Fantastec
This week’s pod is with Steve Madincea the Co-Founder of Fantastec the tech company that helps clubs & players to engage with fans through disruptive technologies. In this episode, Paul & Steve speak about how technology/innovation is shaping the future of football both on and off the pitch. We speak about NFTs/digital collectibles, how fans engage with their club post-pandemic, why brands love the champions league, the lessons the Prem can learn from the NBA, Steve’s first football experience with Lord Sugar & so much more.
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36. Player Care & Academy Football with Ben Marks @ Reading FC
This week's What The Footie Pod is with Reading FC's Head of Academy Psychology & Ops Ben Marks. In this exclusive episode, we discuss player care, Championship superstar Michael Olise, players being released from academies, how clubs support them with a 'Plan B', the transition from academy football to 1st Team and more. Please remember to rate and review us on Apple Podcast.