Reacting first to the biggest games in football - Premier League, Champions League and Ireland's mission to for qualify Euro 2021. Presented by Paddy McKenna, Noz Choudry and Reuben Pinder.
The problem with Jordan Pickford, PPV price gouging and best fan chants
Paddy McKenna, Noz Choudry and Si Lloyd unpick another hectic weekend in the Premier League starting with the Jordan Pickford and his horrific tackle on Virgil Van Dijk which saw the defender ruled out for 7 months at least with a damaged ACL. Noz makes the point that you can argue the tackle wasn't malicious but you can't say it's not reckless again from Jordan Pickford and that's a big problem. Si Lloyd discusses why Premier League PPV, though terrible, may be accepted as a necessary spend by fans who cannot go to the game. And there's a discussion about some of the best fans' chants with Ross Barkley's 'we've got a diamond called Ross Barkley' making the transfer from Everton to Villa, skipping over Chelsea in the process.
Cutting Harry Maguire some slack and why not every player gets it
On The Football Spin, Reuben Pinder, Noz Choudry and Paddy McKenna discuss the return this weekend of the Premier League after a bleak fortnight of international football. The panel review the history of the A23/Costa Coffee derby and try to get get to the bottom of how did a shit on the Crystal Palace dressing-room floor back in the day. Harry Maguire is being cut some slack now and it's clear to see that he needs it but why doesn't every player get afforded that? And Sean Dyche for England, sure why not?
Should Ireland's Covid nightmare have implications for international football?
Reuben Pinder, Si Lloyd, Paddy McKenna and Rob O'Hanrahan discuss the Nation's League games involving England and the Republic of Ireland. England beat the No.1 ranked team in the world, Belgium. For Ireland it was defeat in the Euros qualifier to Slovakia and a dull draw with Wales but the far bigger story was the spate of players who had to withdraw from the squad due to positive Covid tests. Could their experience this international break have implications for other national teams?
Stephen Kenny vs the doubters - defeat for Ireland but better days ahead
On The Football Spin Paddy McKenna, Conan Doherty and Rudi Kinsella reflect on an Ireland performance that showed plenty of promise but ended up with defeat for Ireland in the Euros qualifier. Conan Doherty raises the question if we feel worse because Northern Ireland have gone through and their squad is terrible. Rudi Kinsella points out they were actual highlights in the game last night and not just the usual three corners and Shane Duffy goal from a corner to savour. Paddy McKenna suggests there are clear roles in this team now for attacking-minded players like Jeff Hendrick. The panel discuss the future for Stephen Kenny and the questions raised by his doubters.
Who is to blame for United's fall from grace?
On the Football Spin Reuben Pinder, Paddy McKenna and Noz Choudry discuss an extraordinary weekend of football where Manchester United were crushed 6-1 at home by Spurs, before seeing Liverpool hammered 7-2 by Aston Villa. Is anybody at United qualified to do their jobs asks Reuben Pinder? Noz Choudry and Paddy McKenna discuss if Liverpool's capitulation to Aston Villa is an anomaly or more sloppiness?
Ross Barkley's Villa redemption, United's transfer mess & why did Liverpool sell Rhian Brewster?
On the Football Spin Paddy McKenna, Noz Choudry and Conan Doherty chat about the new order in the Premier League. An ordered transfer window for Everton, Villa, Wolves and Leeds has seen their stock rise. That's in sharp contrast with what Noz describes as 'a mess of a club', Man United. Conan talks about where Ross Barkley could fit in at Villa and Noz examines why Liverpool are willing to sell an exciting young attacker like Rhian Brewster.