11/26/2021
Will Ralf Rangnick oversee a revolution at Manchester United?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Dominic Fifield welcome Ralf Rangnick's arrival at Manchester United, but wonder whether he will be allowed to reshape the club in his own image, They praise Chelsea's youth development ,foresee problems for Antonio Conte at Tottenham, and believe the fan-led review of
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11/22/2021
Who can clear up the mess at Manchester United?
Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Tony Hodson analyse Manchester United's long term problems, which may be too onerous, even for Mauricio Pochettino They praise the ruthless efficiency of the Premier League's top three, and, in Champions League week, highlight Xavi's shrewdness in taking charge of
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11/18/2021
Which of the new Premier League managers will be most successful?
Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Richard Amofa consider the consequences of change in the Premier League. They believe Steven Gerrard and Dean Smith are a perfect fit for their new clubs, Aston Villa and Norwich, but have reservations about Eddie Howe's impact at Newcastle. Leicester's Brendan Rodgers
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11/08/2021
Why aren't Manchester United acting as ruthlessly as other Premier League clubs?
Mike Calvin, John Cross and Miguel Delaney assess football's sacking season. They suggest Ole Gunnar Soskjaer should be put out of his misery at Manchester United, feel Dean Smith was the victim of the cruellest cut at Aston Villa, and believe Norwich City, rather than Newcastle United, would be the
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11/05/2021
How far can Antonio Conte take Tottenham this season?
Mike Calvin, Glenn Moore and Anne Marie Batson examine the challenges Antonio Conte faces at Spurs, and the realistic limits of his ambition this season. They suspect Rafa Benitez would have been a better fit at Newcastle than Eddie Howe, and have sympathy for the struggle of Jadon Sancho to establi
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11/01/2021
Will Nuno be the only victim of football's sacking season?
Mike Calvin, Ade Oladipo and Seb Stafford Bloor analyse the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo after only 17 matches as Tottenham manager, and the initial links with Antonio Conte. They believe Aston Villa should stand by the under-pressure Dean Smith, and discuss another critical week at Manchester U
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10/28/2021
Are Manchester United in danger of being left behind?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Adrian Clarke suggest the plight of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a symbol of Manchester United's failure to move with the times. They highlight the contrasting fortunes of two former United managers, David Moyes and Jose Mourinho, and look at the limitations of Marcelo Biels
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10/25/2021
Is it time for Manchester United to move on from Ole Gunnar Solksjaer?
Mike Calvin, Dominic Fifield and Richard Amofa call for change at Old Trafford, following Manchester United's humiliation by Liverpool. They believe the gap between the top three and the rest of the Premier League will continue to widen, with clubs like Norwich simply unable to cope. See acast.com/p
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10/22/2021
Is criticism of football managers out of control?
Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and Tony Hodson discuss the dehumanising nature of football management, and the pressure exerted on managers like Steve Bruce and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. They examine Liverpool's chances of victory at Old Trafford, consider a challenging period for Thomas Tuchel, and
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10/18/2021
Will the Champions League eventually evolve into a Super League?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and John Cross look forward to the return of the Champions League, and discuss how it may eventually be reshaped by the financial and political pressures of modern football. They call for change at Manchester United, suggest Mo Salah's future should lie with Liverpool, an
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10/14/2021
How long will it take to turn Newcastle United into Premier League contenders?
Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Glenn Moore share the disquiet about the nature of Newcastle United's takeover, and warn the rebuild will take longer than the majority of fans appear to think. They welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the Premier League with Watford, suggest Leicester will reset thei
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10/04/2021
Is it a three horse race for the Premier League title?
Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and Darren Lewis assess potential champions as the Premier League takes shape. They praise Brentford and Brighton for their distinctive approaches, appreciate the power of Rafa Benitez's pragmatism, but can see no end to the travails of one of his former clubs, Newc
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10/01/2021
Can Ole Gunnar Solksjaer survive as the Harry Houdini of modern football?
Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Dominic Fifield suggest Solksjaer has until the end of the season to prove himself as Manchester United manager, Seb makes a passionate plea for change at Spurs, Dom expects Chelsea to be tactically tweaked after the international break, and Mike speaks of his des
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09/27/2021
Is this the week that shapes Manchester City's season?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Glenn Moore look ahead to Manchester City's Champions League tie against PSG, sandwiched between pivotal Premier League games against Chelsea and Liverpool, who should prevail in their ties against Juventus and Porto respectively. Manchester United cannot afford defea
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09/23/2021
Has Thomas Tuchel got inside Pep Guardiola's head?
Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Tony Hodson believe Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea will continue their recent domination of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. They focus on the merits of a range of Premier League coaches, including Dean Smith, Thomas Franck, Nuno, Rafa Benitez a
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09/20/2021
Have Liverpool got their mojo back?
Mike Calvin, Faye Carruthers and John Cross discuss Liverpool's resurgence, and their ability to resist the remorselessness of Chelsea, who face Manchester City in a definitive fixture next weekend. They also dwell on the human side of football, praising Manchester United's Phil Jones for his candou
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09/16/2021
Can Ole Gunnar Solksjaer answer recurring doubts about his managerial quality?
Mike Calvin, Anne Marie Batson and Richard Amofa assess Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's future at Manchester United in the light of the latest criticism of his approach. They sense similar issues with Mikel Arteta,praise the tactical acumen of Thomas Tuchel, and would love to see Robert Lewandowski at Liverp
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09/13/2021
Can Chelsea successfully defend the Champions League title?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Jordan Jarrett Bryan assess the contenders in this season's Champions League.: They acknowledge the threat represented by Bayern Munich and PSG, but forecast an English winner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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09/09/2021
Will Cristiano Ronaldo turn Manchester United into Premier League champions?
Mike Calvin, Dominic Fifield and Seb Stafford Bloor look beyond the pomp and ceremony of Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford, and ask whether he can give United the title they crave. They expect a messy compromise in the stand off about FIFA's intention to ban Brazilian players this weekend, but believ
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09/06/2021
Are England potential World Cup winners?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Glenn Moore insist that a rapidly-maturing England team is among the favorites to win the World Cup in Qatar next year. They question Arsene Wenger's support of FIFA's plans to have finals every two years, and, after a chaotic weekend, understand the opposition of leadi
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09/01/2021
Who were the winners and losers in the transfer window?
Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke praise Chelsea, Leicester, Brighton and West Ham for their transfer activity. The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Ole Gunnar Solksjaer without excuses, and Liverpool can ill-afford to lose Sporting Director Michael Edwards. Newcastle will pay a h
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08/27/2021
Can Cristiano Ronaldo make a success of his return to the Premier League?
Recorded before news of Manchester United's attempt to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo emerged, Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Art de Roche considered what he would bring to the Premier League : goals, stardust but perhaps not titles. They assessed the Champions League draw, made sense of Kylian Mbappe m
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08/23/2021
Will Harry Kane be a Tottenham player when the transfer window closes?
Mike Calvin, John Cross and Darren Lewis discuss Harry Kane's future, and whether player power is a myth or reality. They hail Romelu Lukaku as a transformative signing, recognise Harvey Elliott's potential for club and country, and call for football to respond urgently to the dementia crisis. See a
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08/16/2021
Will Paul Pogba leave Manchester United as Premier League champions?
Mike Calvin, Anne Marie Batson and Glenn Moore consider Paul Pogba's impact in what seems likely to be his final season at Manchester United. They praise Academy products like Japhet Tanganga and Trevoh Chalobah, dwell on great starts for Brentford and Watford, but fear for managers like Mikel Artet
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