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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

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48 Ratings
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Love it

By Jallohcx10 - Oct 31 2017
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Best English podcast so far, but too anti ManU

Allyson Rudd

By Toogood2Btrue& - May 09 2017
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Good to hear Rudd. Articulate, highly knowledgeable, and fair.

iTunes Ratings

48 Ratings
Average Ratings
36
7
1
2
2

Love it

By Jallohcx10 - Oct 31 2017
Read more
Best English podcast so far, but too anti ManU

Allyson Rudd

By Toogood2Btrue& - May 09 2017
Read more
Good to hear Rudd. Articulate, highly knowledgeable, and fair.
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Football Writers Podcast

Latest release on Jan 20, 2020

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

Rank #1: Pogba makes power play as Emery suffers debut defeat

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Mike Calvin, John Cross and Seb Stafford-Bloor discuss the power struggle at Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea's conflicting fortunes under new management and the rest of the Premier League opening weekend action. 

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Aug 13 2018

49mins

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Rank #2: What should we expect from England at the World Cup?

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Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and David Preece give their thoughts on Gareth Southgate and his 23-man England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Jun 04 2018

32mins

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Rank #3: Is Emery's time up at Arsenal?

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John Cross of the Daily Mirror and Tony Hodson of The Coaches' Voice join Mike Calvin to cast their eye over the weekend of football. Is it Granit Xhaka, the fans or Unai Emery, who should take the blame for what happened at Emirates Stadium on Saturday? On the opposite side of the spectrum, Chelsea are flying under Frank Lampard. Should Arsenal follow the Blues' example and appoint a legendary player at the helm?


Liverpool continue to impress, but with Mo Salah being substituted with an ankle injury, do the Reds have the squad to cover? Their title rivals Manchester City kept up the pace with Raheem Sterling continuing his fine form...form which our team believe could take him to the Ballon d'Or.

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Oct 28 2019

48mins

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Rank #4: Newcastle and Arsenal in disarray as new season beckons

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Mike Calvin, Daniel Storey and Seb Stafford-Bloor discuss the incompetent management at Newcastle United and Arsenal and reflect on all the Premier League transfer activity and latest rumours. 

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Jul 15 2019

45mins

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Rank #5: Will Real Madrid retain the Champions League?

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Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Adrian Clarke preview the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid and reflect on Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Chelsea and Man United’s Europa League triumph. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 30 2017

46mins

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Rank #6: Transfer window countdown: Who needs to buy?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and David Preece round up the Premier League transfer window so far and assess which teams need to invest before Thursday’s deadline.

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Aug 06 2018

38mins

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Rank #7: Will Mourinho pick up his first trophy as United boss?

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John Cross and Jonathan Northcroft join Mike Calvin to preview the week's action, including the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley. The trio also review a superb week of FA Cup fifth round action and look ahead to the latest round of 16 Champions League fixtures. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 20 2017

33mins

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Rank #8: What do England need to do to remain contenders for Euro 2020?

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Mike Calvin, David Preece and Seb Stafford-Bloor debate where England need to improve after finishing fourth at the 2018 World Cup and pick their team of the tournament as France are crowned world champions.

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Jul 16 2018

49mins

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Rank #9: Is Solskjaer capable of being a long-term success at Man United?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford-Bloor debate whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a viable long-term option for Manchester United, the promising future of Declan Rice and Newcastle’s relegation fears.

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Jan 14 2019

45mins

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Rank #10: Which clubs look best placed for Premier League success?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Tom Hopkinson dissect the latest pre-season news and transfer stories and give their verdict on the newly-promoted clubs.

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Jul 29 2019

48mins

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Rank #11: Can Klopp build a dynasty and can England bring Nations League glory home?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke, and Seb Stafford-Bloor discuss the fall-out from the Champions League final and ask if Liverpool can build on a sixth European Cup triumph. The trio also debates England's chances in the Nations League finals and look ahead to a big summer for Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs.

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Jun 03 2019

40mins

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Rank #12: Who has the better chance of survival? Lampard or Solskjaer?

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Jonathan Northcroft and Alyson Rudd join Mike Calvin to discuss the future of Chelsea and Manchester United after both teams showed an act of faith by appointing club legends Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take the reins at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford respectively, despite their little managerial experience.

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Aug 27 2019

43mins

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Rank #13: Should Man United sack Jose Mourinho?

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Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and Daniel Storey question Jose Mourinho’s future at Manchester United following the 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham and round up the rest of the Premier League action.

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Aug 28 2018

40mins

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Rank #14: Could Liverpool go the whole Premier League season unbeaten?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Darren Lewis and Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss Liverpool's firm grip on the Premier League title, Manchester United's blistering victory at rivals City, and the chances of all four English teams reaching the Champions League knockout stage.

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Dec 09 2019

52mins

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Rank #15: The Premier League returns with a managerial casualty

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Mike Calvin, Tony Evans and Dominic Fifield discuss Javi Gracia’s sacking at Watford, Liverpool's title chances, whether Chelsea are strong enough, Wolves' European commitments and which teams are at risk of relegation.

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Sep 09 2019

46mins

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Rank #16: English teams light up Europe ahead of title race deciders

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Mike Calvin, Daniel Storey and Seb Stafford-Bloor reflect on the incredible Champions League semi-final turnarounds by Liverpool and Spurs and preview the final day of the Premier League title race.

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May 10 2019

44mins

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Rank #17: Is the Man City project good for English football?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Dave Kidd and Seb Stafford-Bloor to debate Manchester City's place in English football, ten years since their takeover. The panel also look ahead to England’s opening UEFA Nations League fixture against Spain.

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Sep 03 2018

50mins

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Rank #18: Are Chelsea now title favourites?

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Miguel Delaney (Sunday Independent) and Darren Lewis (Daily Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Chelsea’s fantastic form under Conte, whether Man City and Liverpool are their only title rivals and more issues for Mourinho and Man Utd – with live questions from users on the BT Sport Facebook page. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 28 2016

35mins

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Rank #19: Were Leicester right to sack Ranieri?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Dominic Fifield and Tom Hopkinson to discuss the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Manchester United’s League Cup final win over Southampton and Liverpool’s colossal ‘top-four’ clash with Arsenal, live on BT Sport on Saturday. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 27 2017

29mins

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Rank #20: 2018-19 Premier League season preview

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and David Preece preview the new Premier League season and give their predictions for the top four, likely relegation candidates and surprise package.

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Aug 08 2018

40mins

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Liverpool - the victory lap begins

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Are we witnessing the start of a dynasty at Liverpool? Mike Calvin is joined by Alyson Rudd and Daniel Storey to discuss title formalities, and future domination.

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Jan 20 2020

46mins

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How far have Manchester United fallen behind Liverpool?

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On this weeks Football Writers Podcast, Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Dominic Fifield assess the current state of Liverpool and Manchester United both on and off the pitch, as rivalries renew once again this weekend.

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Jan 13 2020

43mins

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Is time up for Eddie Howe at Bournemouth?

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This week on the Football Writers podcast, Mike Calvin is joined by Darren Lewis and Seb Stafford-Bloor who look at the issues which lie ahead for the sides at the bottom of the Premier League table as the pressure begins to mount on relegation threatened Bournemouth and their manager Eddie Howe.

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Jan 06 2020

47mins

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Dare to Dream: An FA Cup special.

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Mike Calvin, John Cross and David Preece search for impending upsets in the third round of the FA Cup. West Ham, Southampton, Norwich and Chelsea under threat? The panel make their judgements, and name their eventual winners.

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Jan 02 2020

31mins

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The Perfect Ten for BT Sport?

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Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross and David Preece to discuss the New Year’s programme, and focus on the job prospects of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at Manchester United. They also name their breakthrough player of the season.

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Dec 30 2019

30mins

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First Europe. Now the World.

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Will Liverpool finally become champions of England in the Premier League era? Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross and David Preece to discuss the building of a Super Club on Merseyside. Also features analysis of the challenges facing Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola.

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Dec 23 2019

32mins

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Women’s Football Podcast: What’s next for women’s football?

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After a breakthrough year, the Olympics beckon in 2020. Mike Calvin is joined by Suzy Wrack, Katie Whyatt and Kieran Theivam to discuss Team GB, and the rise of the WSL.

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Dec 19 2019

44mins

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Liverpool? Man City? Barcelona? Who will win the 2019/20 Champions League?

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Tony Hodson and Miguel Delaney join Mike Calvin following the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League. Together they consider Jürgen Klopp's place among Liverpool's greatest managers, discuss Manchester City's chances of overcoming Real Madrid and whether the time is right for Mikel Arteta to make the move into management at Arsenal.

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Dec 16 2019

45mins

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Could Liverpool go the whole Premier League season unbeaten?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Darren Lewis and Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss Liverpool's firm grip on the Premier League title, Manchester United's blistering victory at rivals City, and the chances of all four English teams reaching the Champions League knockout stage.

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Dec 09 2019

52mins

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Is Ljungberg the right man to succeed Emery at Arsenal?

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Mike Calvin, John Cross and David Preece discuss Arsenal's managerial options and look ahead to the midweek Premier League fixtures as Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford.

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Dec 02 2019

48mins

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Is José Mourinho a changed man?

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Adrian Clarke and Dominic Fifield join Mike Calvin to discuss Tottenham's decision to replace Mauricio Pochettino with José Mourinho, and how the future looks for the North London club with the 'Humble One' at the helm.

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Nov 25 2019

47mins

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How do Spurs move forward?

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Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford-Bloor and Andy Dillon look ahead to the London derby between West Ham and Spurs this weekend with both managers under pressure. The panel also assess England’s final Euro 2020 qualifiers and look at the club sides benefiting from the England setup.

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Nov 18 2019

45mins

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Women's Football Podcast: Phil Neville: Is it time to get behind England’s struggling coach?

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Mike Calvin is joined on the women’s football podcast by journalist Anne Marie Batson, Sophie Downey, of Girls On the Ball and former England and Arsenal captain Faye White.


After England’s defeat to Germany on Saturday, is Phil Neville’s tenure under threat? As Spurs play host to Arsenal at White Hart Lane, what can we expect from the big showpiece this weekend? Who can win the Champions League? Also 750 pubs across UK will be showcasing a feast of women’s football on BT Sport this weekend as this podcast was brought to you from London’s Red Lioness in Liverpool Street.

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Nov 12 2019

39mins

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A decisive day in the title race?

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Mike Calvin, Dave Kidd, and Tom Hopkinson discuss Liverpool's triumph over Man City and its implications for the title. They also talk about what Leicester's win over Arsenal means for the managers of both clubs and whether we will see a sacking during the coming International Break.

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Nov 11 2019

45mins

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Women's Football Podcast: England v Germany – who comes out on top?

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Ahead of a big week for England, Mike Calvin is joined by Molly Hudson, Glenn Moore and Anne-Marie Batson. 90,000 fans are expected to descend on Wembley to watch the Lionesses take on Germany on Saturday, but is our nations team in the best form possible to make the most of the opportunity?


The four also discuss the upcoming Champions League draw, will anyone bring down favourites Lyon? And over in the Women’s Super League – how does it compare to similar leagues around the world and is enough being done to prevent and manage injuries amongst our top players?

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Nov 07 2019

45mins

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Liverpool or Manchester City - who's under more pressure?

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Daniel Storey and Alyson Rudd join Mike Calvin to discuss this week's top of the table clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. Will Liverpool's relentlessness see them add another three points at Anfield to extend their title chances?


The three also talk about VAR, how long it will take to perfect and if it's really worth the wait. And, ahead of another week in Europe, how will our English teams fare? Chelsea are seemingly on a trajectory, but can Tottenham and Manchester Utd improve moods around their clubs.

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Nov 04 2019

47mins

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Is Emery's time up at Arsenal?

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John Cross of the Daily Mirror and Tony Hodson of The Coaches' Voice join Mike Calvin to cast their eye over the weekend of football. Is it Granit Xhaka, the fans or Unai Emery, who should take the blame for what happened at Emirates Stadium on Saturday? On the opposite side of the spectrum, Chelsea are flying under Frank Lampard. Should Arsenal follow the Blues' example and appoint a legendary player at the helm?


Liverpool continue to impress, but with Mo Salah being substituted with an ankle injury, do the Reds have the squad to cover? Their title rivals Manchester City kept up the pace with Raheem Sterling continuing his fine form...form which our team believe could take him to the Ballon d'Or.

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Oct 28 2019

48mins

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Has Pochettino run his race at Tottenham?

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Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford-Bloor and Adrian Clarke consider Mauricio Pochettino's future at Tottenham, reflect on more VAR drama in the Premier League and look ahead to this week's Champions League action.

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Oct 21 2019

46mins

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A return to the game for Jose Mourinho appears imminent but where?

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Michael Calvin is joined by The Athletic's Dominic Fifield and football writer and broadcaster Daniel Storey. 


What next for Jose Mourinho? Can Liverpool make it 18 wins in a row at Old Trafford on Sunday? Is playing for an unfashionable club a detriment to international opportunities? Have Leicester got enough strength in depth to mount a top six bid?

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Oct 14 2019

46mins

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Who is to blame for the demise at Manchester United?

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Michael Calvin is joined by Darren Lewis from the Daily Mirror and Chief football writer at the Independent in Miguel Delaney.


The guys discuss the damage of defeats for Manchester United and Tottenham to Newcastle and Brighton respectively. Is the title race over? Is Sadio Mane regarded as one of the top three players in the world?

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Oct 07 2019

45mins

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iTunes Ratings

48 Ratings
Average Ratings
36
7
1
2
2

Love it

By Jallohcx10 - Oct 31 2017
Read more
Best English podcast so far, but too anti ManU

Allyson Rudd

By Toogood2Btrue& - May 09 2017
Read more
Good to hear Rudd. Articulate, highly knowledgeable, and fair.