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The Hard Truth - Inside the Football Industry with Darragh MacAnthony

Having bought professional football club Peterborough United aged 29 and been in the game nearly 15 years Darragh shares his opinions on all things football as well as business discussion in this weekly podcast.Brutally honest, direct opinion and insight of what happens behind the scenes, not in the public eye in the frantically busy and ever changing world of football. Hence the name of the podcast being “The Hard Truth” Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

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Having bought professional football club Peterborough United aged 29 and been in the game nearly 15 years Darragh shares his opinions on all things football as well as business discussion in this weekly podcast.Brutally honest, direct opinion and insight of what happens behind the scenes, not in the public eye in the frantically busy and ever changing world of football. Hence the name of the podcast being “The Hard Truth” Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

EP42: The Roadmap

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- League tables

- Bradford's play-off push?

- COVID keepers

- Making friends and influencing people

- Thierry Henry / Jonathan Woodgate

- EFL government loan

- Reopening roadmap

- Offering new contracts

- Ivan Toney

- Ryan Lowe

- Subbing the sub

- and much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102

Follow Phil at @pideson


Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com


We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content.

Twitter @hardtruthpod

Facebook at /hardtruthpod

Instagram at @hardtruthpod

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Feb 24 2021

48mins

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EP41: Salary Cap, Ryan Sparks Interview, and Much More!

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and co-host Philip Ideson are joined by Bradford City CEO Ryan Sparks to give insights on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢


On this week's episode...

- Jürgen Klopp

- Up and coming Managers

- Taking a knee

- Bradford City CEO Ryan Sparks

- First 80 days in office

- Removal of the salary cap

- Fixture pile-up

- 4G pitches

- Recruitment policy

- Placing players on furlough

- Communicating with fans

- Season plans

- and much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102

Follow Phil at @pideson


Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com


We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content.


Twitter @hardtruthpod

Facebook at /hardtruthpod

Instagram at @hardtruthpod

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Feb 17 2021

1hr 26mins

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EP40: A Deep Dive into the Finances of an EFL Club (Part 2)

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢


On this week's episode...

- GOAT's

- FSG & The End of an Era at Liverpool?

- Transparency in reporting club financials

- Appropriate debt loads

- Sources of finance for football clubs

- Investment tradeoffs

- Valuing a football club

- 2021/22 season tickets

- Ground ownership

- Using a Director of Football

- and much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102

Follow Phil at @pideson


Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com


We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content.


Twitter @hardtruthpod

Facebook at /hardtruthpod

Instagram at @hardtruthpod

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Feb 10 2021

41mins

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EP39: The January Transfer Window

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢


On this week's episode...

- Recovering from a poor performance

- (Lack of) transfer window dealings

- An abundance of number 10s

- Jose has a point to prove

- Player fines

- Players catching COVID

- Messi's contract

- Marcus Maddison's career

- Undisclosed fees

- and much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 

Follow Phil at @pideson 


Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com 


We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content.


Twitter @hardtruthpod 

Facebook at /hardtruthpod 

Instagram at @hardtruthpod 

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Feb 03 2021

49mins

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EP38: The Good, Bad & Ugly of Agents, Billion Dollar Leeds, Lampard, and More!

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...


- A bad week for Liverpool

- Newcastle heading for relegation?

- Frank Lampard not good enough

- Mick McCarthy back

- What makes a good (and bad) agent

- Leeds 49ers

- Pitch angst

- Scouting Australian football

- L1/L2 TV exposure

- Jim Gannon sacking

- The Birmingham City situation

- and much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 

Follow Phil at @pideson 


Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com 

We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content.


Twitter @hardtruthpod 

Facebook at /hardtruthpod 

Instagram at @hardtruthpod 

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Jan 27 2021

56mins

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EP37: Back Up Keepers, Goal Celebrations, Becoming a Scout, and Much More!

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- Man City for the title?

- Siriki Dembele transfer request update

- Bradford City's transfer business

- Goal celebrations and virtue signaling 

- Wayne Rooney

- Max Watters from Free to £1M in 3 months

- Wigan's struggles to find a buyer

- The cost of sacking a manager 

- and much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 

Follow Phil at @pideson 

Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com 

We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content,

Twitter @hardtruthpod 

Facebook at /hardtruthpod 

Instagram at @hardtruthpod 

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Jan 20 2021

57mins

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EP36: Accrington, Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday, and More!

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- Refereeing performances

- Can Accrington maintain their run into the playoffs?

- Is the FA Cup being devalued?

- Why do most transfer window deals get done close to the deadline. 

- The financing behind Burnley's purchase

- The US political situation

- Sheffield Wednesday hiring and firing Tony Pulis 

- VAR

- and much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 

Follow Phil at @pideson 

Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com 

We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content,

Twitter @hardtruthpod 

Facebook at /hardtruthpod 

Instagram at @hardtruthpod 

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Jan 13 2021

55mins

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EP35: Transfer Requests, Circuit Breakers, and much more

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- Responding to a transfer request

- Lockdowns and circuit breakers

- Preparing for the January transfer window

- The economics of selling a 13-year-old.

- Jack Byrne

- Promotion and relegation in the MLS

- and much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 

Follow Phil at @pideson 

Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com 

We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content,

Twitter @hardtruthpod 

Facebook at /hardtruthpod 

Instagram at @hardtruthpod 

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Jan 06 2021

51mins

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EP34: [Bonus] Firing Up the Points Per Game Calculator...

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We weren't going to record this week, but with Darragh missing his football due to Peterborough United's COVID shutdown, Phil willing to talk to anyone who will listen about Bradford City's turnaround in form, and a local sports journalist in need of some stories to fill the back pages, we fired up Zoom and hit the record button!

Topics of conversation this week included:

  • The latest on Peterborough's forced COVID shutdown
  • Calculating PPG again!
  • The new manager bounce
  • Darragh's perspective on giving a caretaker manager the permanent job
  • Getting ready for January recruitment
  • The state of play in the Premier League
  • And much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 

Follow Phil at @pideson 

Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com 

We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content,

Twitter @hardtruthpod 

Facebook at /hardtruthpod 

Instagram at @hardtruthpod 

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Dec 30 2020

36mins

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EP33: A Deep Dive into the Finances of an EFL Club (Part 1)

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢

On this week's episode...

- COVID outbreak at Peterborough

- From Tier 2 to Tier 4

- Bantams start winning

- Liverpool's title to lose

- Deep dive into the typical income and expenditure of an EFL club

- Plus much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 

Follow Phil at @pideson 

Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com 

We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content,

Twitter @hardtruthpod 

Facebook at /hardtruthpod 

Instagram at @hardtruthpod 

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Dec 23 2020

1hr 8mins

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EP32: You're Fired!

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢


On this weeks episode...

  • Great to have fans back + insight on all the safety measures, "hoops to jump through"
  • How to deal with young footballers
  • Academy sides playing "real football" in the EFL Trophy
  • Sackings at Barrow and Bradford
  • Showing confidence, play the game 
  • Appointment of Trevor Birch as CEO of the EFL.
  • A nice tribute and RIP to former Liverpool manager Gerrard Houllier
  • Epic rant from Darragh! Frustration of the latest tier changes, businesses being decimated and YOU choose whether you’re #teamapocalypse or #teamrealist 🤔
  • Celtic and the current toxicity between fans and Neil Lennon
  • Insight into sacking and replacing the manager. Also reviewing PUFC dismissals under Darragh
  • Pitch state at Peterborough and sorting that
  • Loyalty and the grass isn’t always greener on the other sides

Plus much more...


Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 

Follow Phil at @pideson 


Send any questions you want answered into the guys via @contact@hardtruthfootball.com 


We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content, 


Twitter @hardtruthpod 

Facebook at /hardtruthpod 

Instagram at @hardtruthpod 

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--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Dec 16 2020

56mins

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EP31: Bailout, New Overseas Signing Rules, Scouting Setups & Much More...

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

  • Loss of form
  • Can Sheffield United turn things around?
  • What is going on at Arsenal?
  • The bailout has been agreed, but is it enough?
  • The impact of new overseas player transfer rules
  • Academies
  • Jack Marriott
  • Typical scouting setups 
  • and much more...

--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Dec 09 2020

52mins

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EP30: Out of the Cup, Fans are Back, & Much More...

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

  • Barry Fry's COVID Recovery
  • Back in Dubai
  • Losing to Chorley
  • Fixture congestion
  • Phil Parkinson out
  • Manager clauses
  • Advice for aspiring coaches
  • and much more...
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Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Dec 02 2020

58mins

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EP29: Greg Clarke & The FA, MPs Debate, Manager of the Month, & Much More...

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Manager of the month

- Greg Clarke and the FA

- Why is it harder to manage in the Championship than League 2.

- John Sheridan and Nigel Clough getting new jobs

- EFL bailout latest

- Buying Nathan Thompson

- Mental health

- and much more...

To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.

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Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Nov 18 2020

56mins

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EP28: Player Medicals, FA Cup Wins, Manager Short Lists, Elections, & More...

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Peterborough United Co-owner and Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry while providing insights on how to succeed in business.

To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.

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Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Nov 11 2020

53mins

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EP27: Top of the League, Managing the Manager, Lockdown, and More...

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Peterborough United Co-owner and Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry while providing insights on how to succeed in business. 

To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.

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Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Nov 04 2020

57mins

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EP26: "There's No Big Money TV Deals in Football Without the Big 6"

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Thoughts on the Premier League table

- Peterborough United's start to the season

- Is behind closed doors diminishing home advantage?

- Why football needs the Big 6

- Sporting GOATs

- Co-ownership considerations

- Is there ever a right time to start a business?

- and much more...

To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.

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Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Oct 28 2020

1hr 5mins

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EP25: Are All Football Clubs for Sale?

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Trouble for Liverpool

- Keeping tabs on Ivan Toney

- Rejected proposals

- Private equity investing in the EFL?

- Free agents

- International breaks

- How do you value a football club?

- and much more...

To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.

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Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Oct 21 2020

1hr 2mins

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EP24: Project Big Picture

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Football in the community

- Salford City

- Project Big Picture

- The impact of promotion to the Championship

- Women's football

- Almost buying Orlando City

- and much more...

To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.

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Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Oct 14 2020

51mins

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EP23: Deadline Day Realities

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Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.

On this week's episode:

- Crazy results

- Ollie Watkins

- Bury AFC

- Coming together to get fans back

- Doing business on deadline day

- Agent fees

- Republic of Ireland

- Pitching business ideas

- and much more...


To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.



--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/darragh-macanthony/support

Oct 07 2020

1hr 1min

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