10/06/2022
Mikel Arteta - Rebuilding Arsenal in His Own Image
Mikel Arteta gives Michael Calvin a unique insight into his managerial style and philosophy in the latest Football People podcast. The Arsenal boss is praised by John Cross and Seb Stafford Bloor, who also dwell on Manchester City's potential dominance, and Liverpool's struggle to sustain their chal
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09/29/2022
Liam Manning - Education of a Coach
Mike Calvin is joined by Adrian Clarke and Tony Hodson to discuss the North London derby, Manchester City's dominance, and the coaching styles of Mikel Arteta, Antonio Conte, Roberto di Zerbi and Graham Potter. One of the game's brightest young managers, Liam Manning of MK Dons, is Mike's guest on t
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09/22/2022
Joey Barton - The strains and sacrifices of football management
Mike Calvin, Lucy Ward and David Preece dwell on the pressure of management in the latest edition of the Football People podcast. They respond to an in-depth conversation with Joey Barton, which touches on the strains of living away from home in a notoriously insecure profession. Hosted on Acast. Se
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09/15/2022
Professor Simon Chadwick - Football Will Never Be The Same Again
Michael Calvin gets a dispiriting glimpse into football's future from Professor Simon Chadwick, his latest guest on the Football People podcast. In addition to reviewing the Champions League, Miguel Delaney and Seb Stafford Bloor discuss the growing influence of Gulf states and the business principl
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09/08/2022
Andy Holt - Rich Men, Poor Men
Michael Calvin is joined by John Cross and Anne Marie Batson to discuss the fallout from the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, and Chelsea's move to replace him with Graham Potter. Michael finds an instructive contrast in the approach of Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt, his special guest on the latest ed
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09/01/2022
Stuart Webber - Striking Out for the Summit
Michael Calvin is joined by Stuart Webber, Norwich's Sporting Director, who is preparing to climb Mount Everest. He talks about the "blessing and the curse" of being a yo-yo club, and his vision for the future of the game in general. Paul Hayward and Richard Amofa discuss the influence of Sporting D
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08/25/2022
Alan Redmond - The global search for young talent
Michael Calvin is joined by Alan Redmond, Global Head of Football for Roc Nation, to discuss the transfer market, and the global search for the best young footballers. Jonathan Northcroft and Dominic Fifield also appear in the latest Football People podcast, casting their expert eyes on potential wi
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08/18/2022
Graham Potter - Money isn't everything
Michael Calvin is joined by Graham Potter for a fascinating, far-reaching interview in the latest episode of the Football People Podcast. David Preece and Tony Hodson discuss his impact at Brighton, and the work of a range of coaches, from Antonio Conte to Eddie Howe and Erik Ten Hag. Hosted on Acas
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08/11/2022
Sean Dyche - Never Stop Learning
Michael Calvin, Lucy Ward and Seb Stafford-Bloor regard Manchester United as an object lesson in how not to run a football club, and contrast their approach with the clarity and innovation of Brighton and Brentford. The feature interview in this, the second episode of Michael Calvin's Football Peopl
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08/04/2022
Emma Hayes - Time for Change
The first edition of Michael Calvin's Football People features leading sportswriters Paul Hayward and Miguel Delaney, on the scramble to keep up with Manchester City and Liverpool in a unique Premier League season. Emma Hayes is hailed for her wisdom, and talks about the need to revolutionise the wo
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08/02/2022
Michael Calvin's Football People Trailer
Michael Calvin’s Football People will retain the best features from the Football Writers Podcast, but take it closer to the heart of the game. Mike will still be hosting the best journalists, discussing the biggest issues. The tone won’t change. Informed, insightful, intelligent rather than inane. W
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05/30/2022
What challenges must football confront, to secure its future?
Mike Calvin, John Cross and Paul Hayward examine the chaos surrounding Liverpool's failure to win the Champions League. They consider the implications of Manchester City's dominance, from Under16 level upwards, and map out the evolution of Jurgen Klopp's next great team. They also look outside the t
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05/26/2022
Will Liverpool win the Champions League for the seventh time in Paris on Saturday night?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Seb Stafford Bloor take an in-depth look at the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. They assess the managerial battle between Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti, the tactical contest between two experienced teams, and outline the ways Liverpool cou
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05/23/2022
Was this the best of Manchester City's six title wins in the last decade?
Mike Calvin, Dominic Fifield and Richard Amofa assess an unforgettable final day, and Manchester City's dominance of the Premier League over the last ten years. A treble for Liverpool, culminating in Saturday's Champions League final, would be appropriate compensation. Antonio Conte has galvanised S
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05/18/2022
Will the season's most unlikely dream, Rangers winning their first European title for fifty years, come true?
Mike Calvin, Patrick Barclay and Tony Hodson preview the final of the Europa League, a competition that has come of age. They recognise the youthful talent fuelling confidence in Eintracht Frankfurt's approach, but believed a combination of astute coaching, big game players and passionate support wi
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05/16/2022
Is Steven Gerrard fated to help Liverpool win the Premier League?
Mike Calvin, Patrick Barclay and Tony Hodson consider the prospect of Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa preventing Manchester City from winning their fourth Premier League title in five seasons. They dwell on the lessons of brain training, hail Jordan Henderson as one of the great leaders of the modern g
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05/12/2022
Can Chelsea end an era by winning the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Seb Stafford Bloor take an in depth look at Saturday's FA Cup final. Chelsea, a club defined by trophy-winning, have their season, and most probably their short term future on the line at Wembley. Thomas Tuchel, like his squad, is at a crossroads. Liverpool, meanwhile
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05/09/2022
Are Manchester City a week away from clinching their fourth Premier League title in five seasons?
Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Seb Stafford Bloor believe Manchester City will consolidate their advantage in the Premier League title race, and caution against reading too much into the Steven Gerrard factor when Liverpool visit Aston Villa on Tuesday. Thomas Frank is mentioned as a potential mana
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05/06/2022
Will Manchester City end the season without a trophy?
Mike Calvin, Glenn Moore and Jordan Jarrett Bryan discuss whether Manchester City can recover from Champions League disappointment, and prevent Liverpool winning the Premier League title. They fear for Leeds in the relegation battle, but hail Rangers for reaching the Europa League final. Hosted on A
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05/02/2022
Is the curse of the Champions League about to strike Manchester City again?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Adrian Clarke assess this week's European semi finals, They fear for Manchester City in the Bernabeu, and though Villareal are likely to lose to Liverpool, they deserve greater respect. The atmosphere generated at both Europa League ties, at Ibrox and at Eintracht Frank
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04/29/2022
Will Jurgen Klopp build a dynasty at Liverpool?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Adrian Clarke assess the immediate and the long term impact of Jurgen Klopp's decision to sign a new contract at Liverpool. They also analyse the Premier League relegation battle. Survival is in Burnley's DNA and although Leeds might struggle to get the win they need, E
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04/25/2022
Is history beckoning Liverpool?
Mike Calvin, Patrick Barclay and Tony Hodson envisage Liverpool and Manchester City ending a season for the ages in the Champions League final. A historic quadruple for Liverpool cannot be ruled out. The Europa League could be a farewell present to West Ham from Declan Rice, and Jose Mourinho's retu
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04/21/2022
Is perfection the new normal in the Premier League title race?
Mike Calvin, Glenn Moore and Seb Stafford Bloor struggle to see Liverpool and Manchester City dropping points in the Premier League run in. They examine the rebuild facing Manchester United, and their new manager Erik Ten Hag, and also consider the merits of a play off system.  Hosted on Acast. See
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04/14/2022
Can Manchester City summon the resilience to knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup?
Mike Calvin, Paul Hayward and Adrian Clarke analyse the second instalment of the saga involving Manchester City and Liverpool, looking at the lingering impact of their midweek exertions. They are divided on whether Chelsea, whose defence of the Champions League ended in Madrid, should have allowed C
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