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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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    All Change At The Top

    All Change At The Top

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Alyson Rudd and Tom Roddy.


    Aston Villa made up for the midweek loss with a win over Leicester. Is Steven Gerrard the reason their form has improved and what’s happened to the Foxes? (00:00)


    West Ham got one over on Chelsea - but did they deserve three points? What are Chelsea missing that’s seen them lose the Premier League lead? (7:20)


    Divock Origi popped up for his annual goal to save Liverpool in stoppage time. How well are they playing and do they need to invest further? (16:11)


    Manchester City look unstoppable. Is Bernardo Silva the best player in the league at the moment and would a new striker actually hinder their mystique? (24:19)


    Molly Hudson joins us to discuss Chelsea’s Women’s FA Cup win on Sunday, which saw them complete last season’s treble (31:20)


    Newcastle and Burnley had differing fortunes at the weekend, but will either avoid the drop? (36:52)


    Tom Roddy catches up with Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in an interview you can read more of on The Times online (46:40)


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    • 50 min
    Are Everton's Problems Higher Up?

    Are Everton's Problems Higher Up?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke and Jonathan Northcroft.


    Liverpool outclassed Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Fans showed their frustration to the board after the game - is that where the club’s problems lie? (00:00)


    The two teams ahead of them won last night - with Bernardo Silva scoring a goal of the season contender. Can we really predict which of the three sides will take the title this early on? (12:03)


    Leicester City and Brighton both had to settle for a point in their games - what can their fans realistically expect this season? (19:03)


    Wolves and Burnley was goalless - is Wolves’ distinct lack of firepower going to live to haunt them? (26:18)


    The Times’ Constantin Eckner joins us to give us more insight into Ralf Rangnick, as his German countryman prepares to take charge of Manchester United at the weekend (37:24)


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    • 52 min
    Will Ronaldo Fit With Rangnick?

    Will Ronaldo Fit With Rangnick?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd and Tom Roddy.


    Chelsea were held by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge - did Michael Carrick get his tactics spot on and what are we expecting to see change as Ralf Rangnick comes in? (00:00)


    Timo Werner was less than impressive in front of goal, once again - how many more chances does he have at Chelsea? (14:09)


    Everton are winless in seven games after Sunday’s loss to Brentford - how much time does Rafa Benitez have to improve results and could fans turn on him after the Liverpool derby? (21:!5)


    Brighton fans booed Graham Potter after their draw with Leeds - were they justified? Marcelo Bielsa has taken a dig at the schedule being ‘overcharged’ - does he have a point? (30:44)


    Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters has finally commented on the Saudi Arabian influence at Newcastle United - but has he actually addressed anything? (40:10)


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    • 54 min
    Are Chelsea a Superclub?

    Are Chelsea a Superclub?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft and Ian Hawkey.


    Mauricio Pochettino had a night to forget in Manchester as PSG were shown up at the Etihad. Has he got one hand tied behind his back with his ‘undroppable’ front three? (00:00)


    Chelsea made short work of Juventus, beating them 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Can Thomas Tuchel’s side defend their Champions League crown? (13:45)


    Michael Carrick has a 100% win record in interim charge of Manchester United. Could he stick around until the end of the season and who is most likely to be the long-term solution? (26:29)


    The government has ‘endorsed in principal’ the creation of an independent regulator for English football - but what will actually end up happening? (41:00)


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    • 54 min
    Ole No Longer At The Wheel

    Ole No Longer At The Wheel

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and David Walsh.


    Ole has finally departed Old Trafford - but has he done so with his head held high? Where do they go next with their interim manager and who’s the best fit to take over longer term in the summer? (00:00)


    The Times’ David Walsh joins us to discuss one of Ole’s fiercest critics - his former United teammate, Roy Keane (30:32)


    Three Premier League clubs had new managers in the dugouts* over the weekend - but which hit the ground running best (41:26)


    Liverpool brought Arsenal back down to earth at Anfield on Saturday - could we see the start of another worrying blip for Mikel Areta (53:01)


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    • 59 min
    Howe, Smith & Gerrard - Who Got The Best Manager?

    Howe, Smith & Gerrard - Who Got The Best Manager?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Molly Hudson.


    Stockport are the latest team to pull off an FA Cup upset after they beat Bolton 5-3 on Wednesday night. How are non-league clubs being regulated and are they being protected from potential financial problems going forward? (00:00)


    Reading have been deducted 6 points and Derby County another 9 points for breaching EFL financial rules - how did both clubs differ in their offences and why have Derby been punished more harshly? Have the salary caps actually helped clubs in the football league? (12:19)


    The WSL has seen a big increase in viewers thanks to the new television deal, however crowds in stadiums have dropped slightly. Does the increase in the wider appeal make up for the short-term dip in people through the turnstiles? (19:52)


    The Premier League is back this weekend - we look into Arsenal’s return to form and how the next few months of their season could pan out (27:55)


    The three new Premier League managers have home ties this weekend - but who out of Norwich, Newcastle and Aston Villa got the best deal with their new boss? (37:25)


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    • 47 min

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