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Southgate & Sterling up for Germany challenge
Juliette Ferrington previews England vs Germany in the Nations League – England’s final match before the World Cup. She’s joined by commentators John Murray and Ian Dennis, as well as The Mirror’s Andy Dunn. Also hear the pre-match thoughts of Gareth Southgate and Raheem Sterling, and a feature interview with Declan Rice.
6:55 – Gareth Southgate,
12:40 – Raheem Sterling,
22:10 – Declan Rice.
Record crowds, derby days & Arsenal extend lead
On this episode of the Football Daily the focus is all on the Women’s Super League. Vicki Sparks is joined by former England international Anita Asante and editor of She Kicks magazine, Jen O’Neill as they reflect on a record breaking day at the Emirates, as Arsenal extend their lead at the top of the table after beating Tottenham 4-0 in front of a record WSL crowd.
They hear from Arsenal boss, Jonas Eidevall and the WSL’s all-time leading scorer, Vivianne Miedema after she got two in the back of the net in the North London derby. Spurs manager Rehanne Skinner also makes a pod appearance and explains what more her team could have done to stop the Arsenal goal threat.
Chelsea and Manchester City are yet to get a win so far this season – they face each other on Sunday. The panel get the thoughts from Emma Hayes and Gareth Taylor ahead of that match. And it’s a weekend of derby matches as the Merseyside derby returns – it’s the first one since 2019 as Liverpool host Everton at Anfield. Vicki, Anita and Jen get analysis from both camps and try to make some predictions.
1’00 – Analysis of Arsenal against Tottenham.
4’50 – Jonas Eidevall interview with George Cummins.
8’00 – Vivianne Miedema interview and Arsenal focus.
10’30 – Spurs chat and Rehanne Skinner audio.
12’00 – Chelsea v Manchester City section.
14’00 – Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes audio.
18’00 – Man City boss, Gareth Taylor reaction.
22’18 – Merseyside derby discussion with Brian Sorensen and Matt Beard audio.
27’22 – Aston Villa expectations.
28’05 – Manchester United focus.
Nations League relegation for England as winless run continues
Emma Saunders is joined by former England centre back Matt Upson, Everton winger, Andros Townsend and football correspondent John Murray after England lost 1-0 away to Italy in the Nations League.
This result means England have gone five games without a win, for the first time since 2014, so the panel discuss what went wrong at the San Siro and how do they improve ahead of their final game before the World Cup against Germany on Monday.
They also hear from England manager, Gareth Southgate and defender Harry Maguire makes a pod appearance too.
1’00 – John Murray sums up the game.
3’50 – Front three chat with Andros Townsend.
5’00 – Matt Upson analysis on what went wrong for England.
6’20 – Defensive focus.
7’30 – Jude Bellingham analysis.
10’30 – Eric Dier chat.
16’00 – Gareth Southgate interview with John Murray.
21’00 – Harry Maguire interview.
72+: The managerial merry-go-round
Aaron Paul is joined by Port Vale chair Carol Shanahan and Derby County captain Curtis Davies, on the day that Paul Warne is announced as Liam Rosenior’s successor in the Pride Park dugout. We get the inside take from Curtis and assess the qualities that Warne will bring as a head coach from a Rotherham fan. With so many managers coming and going across the EFL, Carol shares an owner’s perspective on what it takes to make that crunch decision at board level. And with all the change comes a bit of calm, as we chat to Gareth Ainsworth on the week he marks 10 years as Wycombe Wanderers boss.
Wales on the brink & Kane's OneLove armband
Join Emma Saunders for on-the-whistle reaction to Belgium 2-1 Wales in the Nations League and a look ahead to England’s trip to Italy. Hear from ex-Wales defenders James Collins and Neil Taylor and catch interviews with goalscorers Kieffer Moore and Kevin de Bruyne. Then, former England defender Matt Upson and our football correspondent John Murray join the pod from Milan to supply interviews with Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane.
0:30 – Wales reaction,
3:05 – Kevin de Bruyne interview,
13:55 – Kieffer Moore interview,
18:05 – England preview,
19:50 – Gareth Southgate interview.
29:00 – Harry Kane interview.
Scotland go top & Grealish defends Southgate
Join Kelly Cates for on-the-whistle reaction to Scotland’s 3-0 win at home to Ukraine, which leaves the Scots top of Nations League Group B1. Hear from Scotland boss Steve Clarke, commentator Ian Dennis, ex-Scotland internationals James McFadden and Pat Nevin, and Scottish football reporter Roddy Forsyth. Get the latest from the England camp as Jack Grealish speaks to the media. And Gareth Bale, James Collins and commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball have their say ahead of Wales’ trip to Belgium.
0:09 – Scotland reaction,
10:40 – Steve Clarke clip,
15:20 – Jack Grealish & England,
20:15 – Wales preview.
The MNC, might well be the best football podcast there is. Witty, irreverent, argumentative and informative.
Minutes Liverpool being behind stat
I especially enjoy the MNC! However, I’m not sure the stat Rory quoted on todays MNC (May 2nd) that Liverpool have only been behind for 57 minutes in all competitions this season is correct? They were behind for 60 minutes in total vs West Ham when losing 3-2 in November and have been behind for 69 minutes in all competitions in 2022 so far!
Punditry/journalism you wouldn’t otherwise accept
Let me start by saying that I actually listen to this podcast a lot. I enjoy it, and it usually ranges between pretty good and occasionally excellent. It’s hard to be consistently amazing given that sometimes there isn’t a lot to discuss on a night with no action, but they do a great job. It’s the BBC after all. I expect a lot but they always deliver (across all their podcasts).
The sole reason I am giving a 1-star review now is because they have less than 900 reviews all-time, and they rely on advertising outside the UK, so this MIGHT actually be read….
Nigel Reo-Coker was on tonight and resorted to absolute gutter level bar stool punditry. Despite the fact that the guy (Jesse Marsch) has been doing a pretty solid job stepping into the shoes of a manager who was an icon with the fans, and has been nothing but professional as a manager and with the media, Nigel STILL had to play the Jesse Marsch/Ted Lasso card…..
Guys, it’s moronic, schoolboy level humor, and frankly embarrassing for an organization like the BBC. I know I’m not the only one thinking that, because his colleagues on the show tonight all showed their reactions even though he was their mate, ~quote~ “that was incredibly harsh” etc.
It’s absolute nonsense that at this point in 2022, we still have pundits commenting on an American manager who graduated from the US equivalent of Oxford, and who has been given the manager job in Austria and Germany with clubs that are world renowned for finding amazing talent, and he’s being compared to a cliche comedy character. Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be cool if an Eastern European manager was compared to Borat, an Irish manager was compared to Father Ted, and obviously most people didn’t like when some fans did the Rafa/Fawlty Towers thing. It’s certainly below the BBC.
I might expect gutter level punditry or crazy bias from some small time podcasts but you are the BBC…
Like I said, even his fellow pundits knew he was wrong but I still felt the need to write a scathing review (all the more impressive as I’ve never bothered before… for any Podcast).
Do better BBC! We hold you to a higher standard, and yes while I am writing from the U.S. where I live now, I’m not American so it’s not something I took personally. I just expect more from your organization. It was idiotic, schoolboy punditry and your listeners deserve better.
I doubt this will be noticed at all but if it is then I hope it’s the last Ted Lasso/American manager comparison I ever hear. Pundits can be better. It’s just lazy, cliched, and frankly kinda xenophobic. Below the BBC, that’s for sure!