48 episodes

This is Up Front with Simon Jordan, a podcast from William Hill which sees the broadcaster and former Premier League club owner test the biggest names in sport.

Simon will ask the questions most interviewers shy away from and hold his guests opinions up to proper scrutiny. He will investigate how sporting challenge, achievement and experience have influenced athlete’s lives whilst imparting his own forthright views on a range of sports and topics.

Expect some twists, robust debates and high-profile sportsmen and women being put under the spotlight in the company of Simon. How will they cope with a forensic examination of their views, career, successes and failures?

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    • 4.2 • 10 Ratings

This is Up Front with Simon Jordan, a podcast from William Hill which sees the broadcaster and former Premier League club owner test the biggest names in sport.

Simon will ask the questions most interviewers shy away from and hold his guests opinions up to proper scrutiny. He will investigate how sporting challenge, achievement and experience have influenced athlete’s lives whilst imparting his own forthright views on a range of sports and topics.

Expect some twists, robust debates and high-profile sportsmen and women being put under the spotlight in the company of Simon. How will they cope with a forensic examination of their views, career, successes and failures?

This is Up Front, brought to you by William Hill. 18+ please gamble responsibly.

    Ellis Genge | “Rugby has a class problem that it NEEDS to fix!”

    Ellis Genge | “Rugby has a class problem that it NEEDS to fix!”

    On today’s episode we are joined by a top England Rugby International, who in recent times won the Premiership title with Leicester Tigers before returning to his roots with Bristol Bears. Ellis Genge faced early struggles in his life, growing up in the working class area of Knowle West in Bristol. An angry young man who faced problems in school and with the law, he found solace in an unlikely place - Rugby. A sport which helped him channel his anger and where he found belonging and structure.
    Now the star of the ‘Full Contact’ Netflix documentary series and a well respected leader for club and country, Ellis has been capped for England 58 times, lifting the Six Nations trophy in 2020 after finishing as runner-up at the World Cup in 2019. He joins the show to talk about his unconventional journey in Rugby. His career under head coaches Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick whilst giving his unfiltered opinion on the issues the sport faces in 2024 and beyond.
    Subscribe now for the full episode and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan.Warning: This episode may contain strong language and references to violence. Listener discretion advised.Remember, 18+ for gambling responsibly.

    • 59 min
    Michael Ballack | “Alonso’s Leverkusen is great for the Bundesliga and for Bayern” 

    Michael Ballack | “Alonso’s Leverkusen is great for the Bundesliga and for Bayern” 

    On today’s episode we are joined by one of the greats of German Football. Born in East Germany at a time of upheaval and division, Michael Ballack went on to become a legend for his country, making 98 appearances and scoring 42 goals.

    Through playing street football at an early age, Ballack found his love for the game and knew he wanted to become a pro. He came to prominence at Kaiserslautern and was part of the side that did the unthinkable by winning the Bundesliga in 1997. His impressive performances earned him a move to Bayer Leverkusen and individually he continued to excel, as well as his stock amongst Europe’s elite. Collectively however, they failed to win any silverware following two consecutive years of falling at the last hurdle. Ballack would rectify this though, by joining the Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and win multiple titles and cups.

    Still eager for more success and new challenges, he swapped Munich for London, joining Abrahmovic’s revolution at Chelsea in 2006, to play under Jose Mourinho. He’d go on to win the premier league and a series of cups before heading back to Leverkusen in 2010, where he’d finish his career.

    Michael joins the show and talks about his football journey, opening up on his time at Leverkusen, the exceptionally high standards at Bayern Munich and playing under Jose Mourinho. He also talks about how Xabi Alonso has brought a winning mentality to Leverkusen and how he’s transformed the club, whilst giving his honest opinion on the German National Side and their realistic prospects for the Euros.
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    Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

    • 59 min
    Gianfranco Zola | "This Chelsea team isn't ready, they look intimidated!"

    Gianfranco Zola | "This Chelsea team isn't ready, they look intimidated!"

    On today’s episode we are joined by one of the most iconic Italians to grace the Premier League. From humble beginnings in Sardinia, Gianfranco Zola was famed for playing the game in a beautiful way. He became one of the rising stars in his hometown which earned him a big money move to Napoli who were led by the God-like figure Diego Maradona.

    After impressing in Naples, he moved to Parma and formed a deadly partnership with Faustino Asprilla, challenging Juventus for the Serie A title. However, he struggled for game time the following season under manager Carlo Ancelotti, which opened the door for Zola to make the move to Stamford Bridge. His audacious, entertaining style of play helped ignite Chelsea’s late resurgence in the late 90’s and he became a firm favourite for the blues. He’s also widely seen as a trailblazer who formed English football’s early foreign revolution.

    After finishing his playing career back home in Sardinia, Gianfranco moved into management, managing teams such as West Ham, Watford and Birmingham City, often under extremely challenging ownership groups. Gianfranco joins the show and opens up on those challenging situations whilst giving his honest opinion on the current footballing landscape and the state of his beloved Chelsea FC.
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    Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.

    • 1 hr
    Jack Wilshere | “Arsenal will win the league under Mikel Arteta… Eventually”

    Jack Wilshere | “Arsenal will win the league under Mikel Arteta… Eventually”

    On today's episode we are joined by a player who burst onto the scene for Arsenal as a teenager, showing a tenacity and technical ability that few English players have ever possessed. After a breakout performance against Messi and Guardiola’s Barcelona, the sky seemed to be the limit for Jack Wilshere but an ongoing ankle issue would lead to him retiring from the game at age 30 after spells at Bournemouth, West Ham and AGF in the Danish Superliga.

    Now a coach in the Arsenal system under Mikel Arteta, Jack joins the show to discuss a career that excited and frustrated in equal measure whilst also giving the inside scoop on Arteta’s Arsenal revolution.

    Subscribe now for the full episode and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan.

    Warning: This episode may contain strong language. 18+ gamble responsibly.

    • 1 hr
    Paul Ince | “Inter Milan was a fresh start for me… I think Rashford needs one too!”

    Paul Ince | “Inter Milan was a fresh start for me… I think Rashford needs one too!”

    On today’s episode, we are joined by a two time Premier League winner with over 50 caps for England.

    Paul Ince’s 20 year career took him from his local club West Ham, to Italy, Old Trafford and Anfield as he became one of the few players to represent both sides of the Premier League’s fiercest rivalry…

    Paul went on to become a manager, learning his trade at Macclesfield Town and MK Dons before a short stint in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers. In 2022 he joined Reading FC but after a tumultuous spell that featured point deductions, an absent owner and a transfer embargo he left the club last year.
    ’The Guv’nor’ joins the show to discuss his challenging upbringing, his bust ups with Sir Alex Ferguson and his difficult time at Reading, whilst also giving his thoughts on the future prospects of his former clubs.

    Subscribe now for the full episode and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Les Ferdinand | “They cared more about stopping the Super League than stopping racism!”

    Les Ferdinand | “They cared more about stopping the Super League than stopping racism!”

    On today’s episode, we are joined by a Premier League great who started off in non-league football and went on to become PFA Player of the Year.

    Les Ferdinand enjoyed a successful and varied career playing for clubs such as QPR, Tottenham Hotspur as well as being part of the ‘great entertainers’ under Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United. After retirement he returned to West London and took up the role as Director of Football at QPR, becoming the first British black person to hold that position.

    After stepping down last year ‘Sir Les’ as he is affectionately known joins the show to discuss his unconventional route to superstardom, opening up on his time at Tottenham and Newcastle, his turbulent tenure at QPR and the issues black former players are facing to find jobs in football.

    Subscribe now for the full episode and head to www.youtube.com/@UpFrontWithSimonJordan.

    Warning: This episode may contain strong language. 18+ gamble responsibly.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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