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This season, we'll be taking an even deeper look at some of the amazing stories you've enjoyed reading on The Athletic. With some of the most authoritative voices in football, we'll take you right to the heart of the action.

Beyond The Headline: Going deeper on the biggest stories in footbal‪l‬ The Athletic

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This season, we'll be taking an even deeper look at some of the amazing stories you've enjoyed reading on The Athletic. With some of the most authoritative voices in football, we'll take you right to the heart of the action.

    Justin Fashanu: The Untold Story of Britain's First Gay Footballer

    Justin Fashanu: The Untold Story of Britain's First Gay Footballer

    Justin Fashanu would have been 60 this year. Everyone knows how he died, but what about how he lived? This 'Beyond The Headline' special explores Fashanu's experiences as a result of becoming the first British male footballer to come out as gay, the struggles and contradictions of his life, a complicated legacy and its impact on the sport today.
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    • 35 min
    3. The Making of Big Sam: The Present and Future of Big Sam

    3. The Making of Big Sam: The Present and Future of Big Sam

    There are many questions around the ability and character of Big Sam: Why do clubs keep hiring Sam Allardyce? And why do clubs then often get rid of him? Is he best at clubs that really need him, rather than clubs that he needs? Of course the biggest one right now is has he bitten off more than even he can chew at West Brom?
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    • 23 min
    2. The Making of Big Sam: Glory Years and Unending Trauma

    2. The Making of Big Sam: Glory Years and Unending Trauma

    When Sam Allardyce arrived at Bolton they were in the bottom half of the second tier. Eight years later, he left the club as Premier League stalwarts with a couple of trips to Europe and a string of bloodied noses in their wake. After an ill-fated spell at Newcastle his career since then has been a patchwork of clubs who’ve hired Allardyce because they have to, not necessarily because they want to, and it hasn’t ended well at most of them. Including, of course, his one-game spell as England manager. 
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    • 30 min
    1. The Making of Big Sam: The Beginning

    1. The Making of Big Sam: The Beginning

    Sam Allardyce was, unsurprisingly, a no-nonsense centre-back in his playing days, but a brief spell in America opened his eyes to a more advanced way of approaching football, which informed his work as a manager. We look at those early days, what he did then and how they shaped the Sam Allardyce that became Big Sam
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    • 25 min
    TRAILER - The Making of Big Sam

    TRAILER - The Making of Big Sam

    Sam Allardyce seemingly can’t quit English football, and English football can’t quit him. But why? Why does football keep coming back to Sam Allardyce? 

    To answer those questions, and more, you’ll from Big Sam himself, those who have worked for him, and those who’ve witnessed the full Big Sam experience.

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    • 2 min
    2. Pep Talk: What Next For City? After the contract

    2. Pep Talk: What Next For City? After the contract

    Manchester City gathered a staggering 198 points in Pep Guardiola’s second and third seasons at the club. But since then, things haven’t gone so well, so in Episode Two of this two-part special on Guardiola, we wonder whether it actually is good for the club that he’s signed a new contract, whether he can fix their problems and whether he will actually see out that new deal…
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    • 25 min

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