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Set Piece Menu Football Podcast

This is Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk about football over food. They are together a writer, a commentator, a presenter and a pundit. Rory Smith is the Chief Soccer Correspondent of the New York Times, Steve Wyeth commentates for BT Sport, Hugh Ferris is a presenter at BBC Sport, and Andy Hinchcliffe is a former England international (seven caps) who is now a pundit for Sky Sports. On each episode they discuss one footballing issue, while digesting a delicious lunch or brunch, and almost never reaching any sort of conclusion.

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SPM 73: When is the best time to get a manager's job?

The latest Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: When is the best time to get a manager's job? With Arsenal needing a new boss, the team wonders if the circumstances mean it's the most attractive position a manager could ask for; and also if the pool of elite clubs, and elite coaches, is getting ever smaller. The food: chocolate swirls (baked not grilled), muffins (lemon, blueberry, chocolate flavours), and a bacon and cherry tomato sandwich. All courtesy of Andy's step-daughter Carly, and not at all courtesy of Andy. Thanks for all your tweets, emails and iTunes reviews!Get in touch: @setpiecemenusetpiecemenu@gmail.com

1hr 1min

25 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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SPM 116: The Evolution Of The Full Back

The latest Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food.The football: The evolution of the full back. To mark Chinch's 50th birthday, we consider how the position he used to play (with varying levels of distinction) has changed, particularly in recent years. The food: a carrot cake, incredibly assembled and lovingly prepared by Steve's partner Katie for Andy's big day.Get in touch via twitter @setpiecemenu, or email us at setpiecemenu@gmail.com

55mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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SPM 115: The 2019 January Transfer Window

This is Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food.The football: So then, the 2019 January transfer window. What was all that about? A huge reduction in spending, with even the biggest deal involving a player who was sent straight back to the selling club; a preponderance of loan deals; and a very uninspiring deadline day too. We discuss a lot of how's and why's, and whether it even works any more.The food: Eggs benedict, chosen over the option of eggs royale. Send your 50th birthday messages to our Chinch via @setpiecemenu on twitter, or email us on setpiecemenu@gmail.com!

50mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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SPM 45: Intelligence

The latest Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: does actual intelligence help a player, or is football intelligence enough? The food: a platter of delightful Mediterranean mezze, provided by Rory, who admits to making a culinary effort for the first time in a while... Get in touch via twitter @setpiecemenuEmail: setpiecemenu@gmail.comWe'd love you to review us on iTunes and download the episodes you haven't listened to yet, even if the updated Podcast app on iOS is completely baffling...

56mins

11 Oct 2017

Rank #4

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SPM 140: Tactical Periodisation

The new episode of Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food.The football: Tactical Periodisation. A rather boring name for a vital part of the game. What is it, who came up with it, and how has it essentially become football's common sense approach to training.The food: Rory provides sandwiches, which are bought from the Co-op in the most testing of circumstances, as his sodden clothes can testify. Please email us on setpiecemenu@gmail.comWe're also on twitter and facebook!

59mins

31 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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SPM 41: What's the most important position?

The latest edition of Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: What’s the most important position? Spoiler alert - it’s not left back, much to Andy’s disappointment. The food: superfood muffins. An oxymoron if ever we heard one.Please rate us on iTunes and follow us on twitter @setpiecemenu!

1hr 4mins

13 Sep 2017

Rank #6

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SPM 44: Is it getting easier to play away from home?

This is the latest episode of Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: Is it getting easier to play away from home? Warning: includes true facts. The food: a Hinchcliffe special breakfast, not in any way contributed to by the only person on the podcast named Hinchcliffe.Get in touch via twitter: @setpiecemenuOr email: setpiecemenu@gmail.com Don't forget to catch up with all our other episodes, including the bonus show in which we reveal the listeners' Best of the Rest Select XI, and ask Chinch to illustrate them on what turns out to be a depressingly underwhelming tactics board.Thanks for all your downloads and comments!

48mins

4 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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SPM 88: Relegation

The latest Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk about football over food. The football: Relegation - should we be so hung up on not going down? The team are reunited (kinda) to bring in the new Premier League season, and to ask whether relegation is all that bad after all. The food: chocolates from Croatia. A gift from Hugh's wife, not a consolation present from the country to four Englishmen. We'll have your suggestions for our 'Inappropriately Skilled XI' next week, so keep sending them in to @setpiecemenu or setpiecemenu@gmail.comAnd don't forget to register your team in the SPMPLPL! Head to www.tinyurl.com/setpiecemenu to select the final positions of the Premier League clubs this season - you could win a massive (not at all massive) prize!!!

50mins

8 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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SPM 72: What's the Point?

Welcome to another episode of Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: What's The Point? So many fans support a team that'll never win anything, reach Europe, or maybe even play good football; some will follow a club that might get promoted, but then get relegated straight away. So what's the point, and why do we still love our team? The food: a New York-themed brunch from Steve, even though he returned from the city (that's famously off the beaten track) nearly three weeks ago.Get in touch @setpiecemenuAnd email us setpiecemenu@gmail.com

1hr 2mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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SPM 71: Is pragmatism or a philosophy the key to managerial success?

The latest Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: How should we rate managerial success? Not everyone has a 'way', but does that mean we underestimate the achievements of those who favour pragmatism over philosophy? Case study: Zinedine Zidane. The food: chocolate fairy cakes, which leads to an argument, because Hugh refuses to eat one. Plus - a soccer story about royalty, and we all have a go at pronouncing Kevin de Bruyne following some expert guidance.Get in touch via twitter @setpiecemenuOr email setpiecemenu@gmail.com

57mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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SPM 89: The Inappropriately Skilled XI Reveal!

This is the latest Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food.The football: Thanks to your help, we complete our 'Inappropriately Skilled XI', named after Shane Long, managed by Paul Jewell. We get some extra help from a Tuscany-touring Rory Smith, and also find out who Andy Hinchcliff is. Yes, without the 'e'.The food: The final thing to be cooked in Steve's oven before the builders get at it, and the first thing to be cooked for the team by Steve's kids.The Premier League may have started but there's still time to enter your team in the SPMPLPL! Head to www.tinyurl.setpiecemenu before the 31st August to register your final Premier League table predictions.And get in touch with the podcast @setpiecemenu on twitter, or setpiecemenu@gmail.com

1hr 1min

15 Aug 2018

Rank #11

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SPM 32: Transfers (Part 1)

The summer continues on Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: Transfers - part one. We break down how a transfer is reported; what and who should you believe? The food: Controversial, as crossed wires means we are left only with chocolatey snacks.Don't forget to download our four part special on English football, and all the other episodes too! And get in touch @setpiecemenu or setpiecemenu@gmail.com

48mins

12 Jul 2017

Rank #12

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SPM 48: Youth (Part 1)

This is Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The team is reunited for a deep dive multi-parter into one of the game's biggest issues! The football: Youth - Part One. How does a young player (and their parents) navigate those first few, often crucial, steps on the road to becoming a professional; and do academies both help and hinder their development? The food: A chicken one-pot, which is developed and lovingly watched over almost as much as a young footballing prospect's career.Thanks for all your downloads and ratings. Please keep them coming! And tell all your friends. ALL OF THEM.Get in touch: @setpiecemenu or setpiecemenu@gmail.com

55mins

1 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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SPM 152: Re-evaluating managers we *might* have been wrong about

The latest Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food.The football: Is it time we admitted we were wrong about some managers who have confounded our preconceptions? There's been a lot of Brendan Rodgers bashing, but his Leicester team are flying high; meanwhile Marco Silva - once the hipsters' choice - can't seem to make it work at Everton. Time for some SPM re-evaluation. The food: Much to Rory's disgust, having been away from us for a little while, it's another duty free offering from Hugh. Turkish delight from Crete. So Cretan delight then.The final few tickets remain available for our live show at the Manchester Podcast festival, so don't delay: https://www.manchesterpodcastfestival.com/set-piece-menuContact: @setpiecemenu on twitter, and setpiecemenu@gmail.com

1hr 1min

6 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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SPM 55: The Media (Part 1)

It's a Seasonal Spectacular from Set Piece Menu, the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: The Media, Part One - is the media biased? The food: the beginning of a breakfast triptych, served by Nicky. First course - granola, in cocktail glasses. Parts two and three of our media series will be with you over Christmas and the New Year!Thanks for all your tweets and emails - keep them coming at setpiecemenu@gmail.com or @setpiecemenuHappy Christmas everyone!

1hr 4mins

20 Dec 2017

Rank #15

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SPM 90: SPM Book Club with Sanj Shetty

This is Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food.The football: SPM Book Club. Writer Sanj Shetty becomes the first guest in pod history, as he's invited on to talk about the tactics discussed in his book Total Football, a book that Chinch has actually read. The food: An abundance of Indian snacks, provided by Sanj, and an abundance of banoffee pie, provided by (Mrs) Chinch. Everybody finds room for an abundance of both.Get in touch:@setpiecmenusetpiecemenu@gmail.comDon't forget the SPMPLPL entry window closes on 31st August at 6pm. Get your Premier League teams in the order you think they'll finish in May, and enter our high-profile, low-reward competition at www.tinyurl.com/setpiecemenuAnd check out our new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/setpiecmenu

1hr

22 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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SPM 120: The Champions League Has Gone Nuts

The latest Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: Why has the Champions League gone nuts? Is Europe's elite club competition now the repository for football drama and how has this happened? Plus your reaction to our discussion about football on TV, and a Curious Case of Panini Sticker Mistaken Identity.The food: Chinch provides coffee and pastries for breakfast, seemingly without assistance from his wife, mother-in-law or daughter....Get in touch via twitter: @setpiecemenu or email setpiecemenu@gmail.com.

52mins

13 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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SPM 61: Unsung Heroes

The latest episode of Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. The football: Unsung Heroes. Whose efforts do the team suggest should be trumpeted, while they go under the radar elsewhere? The food: poached everything, a delightful healthy lunch presented by Steven Wyeth. Follow us on twitter @setpiecemenu to see how you changed our 'Don't You Forget About Me XI' - thanks for all your suggestions!Get in touch on email: setpiecemenu@gmail.comAnd if you haven't yet we'd be super grateful if you could rate us on iTunes!!!

50mins

31 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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SPM 53: Is there always a bigger club?

This week we celebrate the first birthday of Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk football over food. It's a (not particularly) special anniversary(ish) edition! The football: Is there always a bigger club? The team discusses the football hierarchy, how it changes, and whether it can be challenged. The food: birthday cake! Get in touch via twitter: @setpiecemenu and email: setpiecemenu@gmail.comThanks for all your support over the last year, keep telling everyone!

58mins

6 Dec 2017

Rank #19

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SPM 3: Is there ever anything new in football?

Introducing Episode 3 of Set Piece Menu - the podcast where four friends talk about football over food. The football: Hugh, Rory, Steve and Andy ask whether there's ever anything new in the game, or are we guilty of simply giving different names to old ideas? The food: tapas, but not the fancy kind. Thanks for your support, please subscribe and share!

32mins

21 Dec 2016

Rank #20