Every week, the official podcast of the EFL, presented by Mark Clemmit, features the biggest names, best action and reaction to all things in the English Football League.
Blackburn’s Ben Brereton Diaz, on being the poster boy for Pepsi in Chile, and Clem and Copps fall out over ‘that incident!’
It must be very odd for a lad from Stoke on Trent to be suddenly representing your mum’s home nation of Chile, especially when you don’t speak Spanish, but that’s exactly what’s happened to Blackburn Rovers Ben Brereton Diaz in the last 12 months, who recently lined up against the likes of Messi and Neymar in the Copa America!
A little closer to home, recently retired Doncaster Rovers legend, and now a key member of Richie Wellens coaching staff, James Coppinger gives Clem his expert opinion on all the week’s EFL news, but unfortunately they don’t agree on everything!
Billy the Blade and his love for Bramall Lane, and Ian Evatt explains his vision for Bolton Wanderers and where he plans to take The Trotters.
Billy Sharp is Sheffield United through and through, and in his third spell with his boyhood club, the 35 year old goalscoring captain shows no sign of stopping any time soon, and is targeting another impressive haul this season and hopefully a new contract with the blades. Elsewhere, Clem catches up with Ian Evatt, who’s had a short but very impressive spell in management thus far. First with Barrow and now with Bolton Wanderers, who he picked up in Skybet League Two, has got them into League One at the first attempt, and now has his sights set firmly on the Championship as his next big goal for the club.
Welcome home Troy Deeney, and Clem serves up a slice of punditry perfection, courtesy of Owen Coyle!
He spent 12 years at Vicarage Road, which is enough to cement and secure a very special place in Troy Deeney’s heart, but when his boyhood club came knocking, at the age of 33 he couldn’t possibly turn them down. Arguably the biggest story of the recent EFL transfer window, Mark Clemmit catches up with his old mate, to find out what it feels like to be finally coming home! And when it comes to unparalleled knowledge of players, management, stats and stories from one end of the pyramid to the other, there are few finer than Owen Coyle! Always entertaining and informative in fairly equal measure, it’s a pleasure to hear Owen and Clem look forward to what’s in store for the next few weeks!
A little look at the first 4 weeks, and a slice of Brazilian flair in The Potteries!
Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Covolan joined Port Vale this summer at the age of 30, after a 15 year journey through the lower leagues in his homeland, in Spain and in this country where his heroics for Torquay United in their playoff final in June, secured him a move away to Vale Park and a chance to play league football under Darrell Clarke. His is a remarkable story and serves as an inspiration to us all about the importance of keeping going in search of those goals and ambitions, even when the going gets ever so slightly tough! Elsewhere, Clem catches up with Wigan manager Leam Richardson, who’s also had a tough couple of years for different reasons, but is now relishing life in the gaffer’s office at the DW Stadium, and football commentator extraordinaire Paul Walker, gives us his in depth thoughts on the first 4 weeks in the Skybet Championship, with his customary style and punditry perfection!
We are in the kitchen with Mick McCarthy and off to league newcomers, Sutton United to catch up with Matt Gray.
This week Clem caught up with Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy to chat about his legendary career over pie & mash and as Sutton United prepare for their first ever league game, we caught up with their manager, Matt Gray to find out a bit more about the league's newcomers.
Rock n Roll at The Valley, and Rob and his high flying Rovers!
When we think of owners of football clubs, we don’t normally have an image of them with a Flying V electric guitar in hand rocking out in front of a full house, but that’s exactly what Charlton Athletic’s Danish owner Thomas Sandgaard was doing last weekend, ahead of their home game against Sheffield Wednesday at The Valley! He’s certainly one of the more interesting and colourful characters in the game, and Mark Clemmit catches up with him to find out how the last year has been and what his plans are for the league one club in the years to come. Elsewhere in Skybet league two, Forest Green Rovers new boss Rob Edwards has made a perfect start to his club’s campaign, and sits down with Clem to talk about his vision for the future and the vegan powered philosophy that’s going to get them there!
Bang average. Sky and some independent ones blow this away.