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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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    Comebacks And Fresh Starts

    Comebacks And Fresh Starts

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Ian Hawkey.


    Manchester United looked to be heading to a Champions League defeat before a remarkable comeback win - but are the cracks just being papered-over at Old Trafford? (00:00)


    Liverpool were also on the right side of an eventful 3-2 Champions League tie. Did Jurgen Klopp’s side deserve to win at Atletico? (15:43)


    Daniel Meuren is the co-author of ‘Thomas Tuchel: Rulebreaker’ - a new biography on the Chelsea manager. He joins us to tell us more about the rise of his countryman from Mainz to winning the Champion (32:55)


    Chelsea brushed Malmö aside on Wednesday, while Phil Foden starred again as Manchester City made short work of Club Brugge. Is the England youngster on course to become the best the country has produced? (39:16)


    Steve Bruce has finally been relieved of his duties at Newcastle. How was his departure handled and who is the sensible choice to take over at St James’ Park? (45:58)


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    New Owners, New Enthusiasm, Same Result

    New Owners, New Enthusiasm, Same Result

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


    Newcastle’s new chapter on the pitch has started, but things need some serious work to match the owners’ ambition. The Times’ Martin Hardy joins us, fresh from an eventful day at St James’ Park (00:00)


    Away from the North East, what was the reaction elsewhere? Does it seem strange that Steve Bruce was in the dugout considering fans wanting him out? (10:27)


    Liverpool look back to their best - what’s the key to their success and do they have the best player in the world in their squad? Given the nature of the defeat, how long will Claudio Ranieri last at Watford? (24:06)


    Have the wheels finally come off for Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Manchester United? Are the Red Devils just a group of individuals rather than a team? (37:56)


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    • 54 min
    Was Southgate's Experiment Worth It?

    Was Southgate's Experiment Worth It?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Jonathan Northcroft.


    England ended the International break in lacklustre fashion at Wembley. Was it a mistake for Gareth Southgate to experiment with Mount and Foden playing? What did we learn from the two games? (00:00)


    FIFA are looking into the crowd trouble which lead to one arrest for an alleged racially aggravated public order offence. Should fans of a team with outstanding punishments for racism have been allowed to buy tickets? (17:04)


    Newcastle are preparing to play the first game of their new chapter as they host Spurs on Sunday. The Times’ Martin Hardy joins us to discuss what we can expect to happen at St James’ Park on Sunday (30:32)


    Claudio Ranieri takes charge of his first Watford game on Saturday as Liverpool make a trip south. Will the Italian be able to create the same magic he did at Leicester City? (40:28)


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    • 47 min
    Hugh's Andorran Adventure

    Hugh's Andorran Adventure

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


    We’re lucky to have Hugh after his comical trip to Andorra for the England game. Thankfully, he’s back to tell the tale and discuss the game (00:00)


    France are the new Nations League champions, but their winning goal has caused some debate. Gregor gives us a player’s perspective of Kylian Mbappé’s goal (10:42)


    Thibaut Courtois has spoken out about the number of games players are expected to play and how their welfare isn’t given as much thought as perhaps it should. Do we need tournaments like the Nations League and if so - does it require a third place playoff? (17:34)


    We continue the discussion on the Newcastle takeover and how the complex situation should be reported (29:22)


    Every other Premier League club has reportedly complained about the takeover - should other teams have any say over a club’s ownership? There are suggestions Steve Bruce won’t be in charge of Newcastle by the time they play Tottenham at the weekend - but is that the right decision for the short term? (41:55)


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    • 56 min
    Is Mike Ashley Finally Out?

    Is Mike Ashley Finally Out?

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


    Newcastle United could very soon be the richest club in the world as the Saudi-backed takeover appears to be close to completion. The Times’ Martyn Ziegler joins us to discuss what’s changed since the deal stalled, last year (00:00)


    While the Saudi deal may be good for Newcastle fans who want Mike Ashley out of their club - is the deal good for English football and is it right to turn a blind eye to some of the wider issues it brings up? (09:35)


    There’s been a lower-than-average uptake in Covid vaccinations in the Premier League and the EFL. What’s the reason behind players being hesitant to get the jab and could clubs be punished for low vaccination rates? (31:55)


    Molly Hudson joins us to discuss an exciting week in the Women’s Champions League (49:16)


    We end with a quiz based on Bill Edgar’s article in The Times on red cards. Can you name the player with the most dismissals in EFL history? (54:31)


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    If Only City Had a Centre Forward

    If Only City Had a Centre Forward

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Paul Hirst.


    Liverpool and Manchester City played a cagey first half, followed by a wild second at Anfield. Would City have taken all three points had they bought a Premier League quality striker in the summer? (00:00)


    Everton took a point from Manchester United, Andros Townsend mimicked Ronaldo’s celebration (but ended up with his shirt) and Demarai Gray once again looked impressive. Has Rafa finally got them playing as a team? (25:24)


    Since winning the FA Cup in May, Leicester City have been less than impressive - again dropping points at the weekend. What’s gone wrong at the King Power and is their success to blame? (35:33)


    Crystal Palace have a new lease of life under Patrick Vieira. How far can they go with their new, fearless style of play? (42:23)


    Watford have parted company with yet another manager as Xisco departs - but is their hire and fire method actually working? (47:41)


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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

UKNYC1 ,

Anti-Tottenham bias even more ramped up this season ..

Never miss an opportunity to sneer at Spurs .. but despite that its still the best football podcast

cjhermanns ,

Stopped my regular listening

Same voices all the time, same commentary, and a host who thinks of himself as the star. Listened regularly until I couldn’t anymore. Now I listen occasionally.

Caldarella2 ,

Let them boo

People come to watch sports not political statements.

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