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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, running four times a week throughout the Premier League season.

Hosted by Mark Chapman and Dan Bardell, featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, and many others, they'll take you inside the biggest stories and bring you exclusive news from behind the scenes at your club.

275 Episodes
As Ralph Rangnick is confirmed as Manchester United interim manager, David Ornstein who broke the story on The Athletic, joins Mark Chapman to bring the very latest details, whilst Adam Crafton will share some of the details from his piece on United’s five-year pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino.  The Athletic's Patrick Boyland joins us to look at what is going wrong at Everton after another defeat at the weekend ahead of the Merseyside Derby on Wednesday. Whilst our Manchester City writer Same Lee will be with us to share his story on the future of Ferran Torres and why he is thinking about a move in the January window.
Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to reflect on The Athletic's exclusive story, that Ralf Rangnick has agreed a deal to manage Manchester United until the end of the season! Our very own German football expert Raphael Honigstein gives us the low-down on the 'Godfather of Gegenpressing' and the guys discuss what his appointment has done for United's chances at Stamford Bridge on Sunday... Plus, whether Arsenal will be able to bounce back from their annual Anfield humiliation against Eddie Howe's ultra-attacking Newcastle, why there are no more excuses for both Brentford and Everton, why Dan's sceptical of all the recent praise for Graham Potter and why Leeds' teenager Joe Gelhardt is like a young Wayne Rooney.
Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by John Textor, who earlier this year invested almost £90million in English Premier League side Crystal Palace and in doing so became a fourth partner and director at the club.
Spurs & The Y-Word

Spurs & The Y-Word


Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Tottenham correspondent Charlie Eccleshare and News Editor Amitai Winehouse, to discuss Spurs' complicated relationship with an antisemitic slur - The Y word... The panel delve into this nuanced debate, reflect on the origins of its association with the North London club, how it continues to divide the fanbase and even the wider Jewish community. Plus, how the heart-warming story of a lesser-known, Leeds-mad Jewish community in Yorkshire factors into this enduring debate.
Mark Chapman is joined by The Atheltic’s David Ornstein, Lauire Whitwell & Adam Crafton to discuss the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager of Manchester United.  We’ll go inside the turbulent final weeks of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign with detail of how it went wrong and who Manchester United are planning to bring in next. Later in the pod Mark & Adam are joined by to The Athletic’s Tim Spiers who has been speaking to Wolves striker Raul Jimenez about his excellent return to form and the documentary that charts his return from a life-threatening injury.
Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview some much-needed Premier League football following the last international break of 2021... Antonio Conte welcomes Marcelo Bielsa to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a fascinating tactical match-up and Arsenal travel to Liverpool to find out how much progress they've really made since the start of the season... Plus, has Brendan Rodgers achieved all he can at Leicester and is Rafa Benitez 'pragmatism' starting to stifle Everton's creative talents?
The Athletic's Matt Slater and guests react to the news that Gary Hoffman has announced he is resigning as chairman of The Premier League after just 18 months in the job. He is joined by Simon Johnson, currently chair of The Rugby Football League, he spent 5 years as Chief Operating Officer at the English Football Association and was Director of Legal & Business Affairs at the Premier League. Also, on the panel is Alex Horne, former CEO of The English FA for 5 years, he oversaw financing, completion and opening of both Wembley National Stadium and the National Football Centre. And in the final part of the podcast, Keith Wyness, former CEO of Premier League sides Aston Villa & Everton reveals what it’s like inside meetings between executives and chairs like Gary Hoffman at The Premier League and CEOs at Premier League clubs
Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Rangers correspondent for The Athletic, Jordan Campbell, to explore the warning signs that Gerrard had become unsettled at Ibrox... The carefully assembled back-room staff Villa are set to inherit, including revered assistant coach Michael Beale, and why the likes of Emi Buendia could be set to flourish under new management. Later, Liverpool writer James Pearce joins in to discuss Klopp's contract, the impact of Sporting Director Michael Edwards' decision to step down at the end of the season and where Gerrard now fits into the bigger picture at Anfield.
Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton to look at the different challenges faced by three newly appointed managers in the Premier League.  We’ll hear about the unlikely bond between Steven Gerrard & Christian Purslow that played a part in Gerrard landing the Aston Vila job. They also look at how Newcastle United could be about to be given a new identity by new boss Eddie Howe and how they might approach the transfer window - The Athletic's George Caulkin will join us for that.  And Michael Bailey will be with us to tell us why Norwich City have decided to go for Dean Smith as their new manager and why Frank Lampard pulled out.
Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to discuss Steven Gerrard's appointment as Aston Villa boss - Is it really a bad thing if he views Villa as a stepping stone to Liverpool? Plus, why Norwich choosing Frank Lampard to replace Daniel Farke would be a surprise... The trio also attempt to pick Gareth Southgate's England squad for the World Cup in Qatar next year and look ahead to an important week for both Scotland and Wales' qualification hopes.
Mark Chapman & Matt Slater discuss the rise of sport documentaries that pull back the curtain on the lives of professional athletes and attract new fans into watching live sport. Guests include Christian Horner, Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One who features in the hugely successful Netflix series Drive to Survive. Then we’ll hear from Leo Pearlman from Fulwell 73 who has produced multiple hours of television and feature films including Sunderland Till I Die & I am Bolt. And we’ll get a commercial overview with sports media rights expert Murray Barnett of 26 West Sport who has also worked for the likes of Formula 1, The NBA, World Rugby and ESPN.
Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's European football writer Raphael Honigstein, to discuss one of the "forgotten super-coaches" - Ajax manager Erik ten Hag... Rafa, reveals the secrets to their re-emergence as a major European force, just two years on from *that* sensational Champions League run and their heart-breaking semi-final exit to Spurs. Plus, the trio compare the trajectory of both Tottenham and Ajax since that game, analyse why the stars of their 'Class of 2019' side (Ziyech, van de Beek, de Jong et al.) have struggled since leaving, as well as, how the trio of ten Hag, Sporting Director Marc Overmars and Chief Exec Edwin van der Sar, has become the envy of the footballing world.
Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton, David Ornstein & Gregg Evans to discuss the sacking of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith and who might replace him. Norwich City are also now looking for a new manager, Michael Bailey covers the club for The Athletic and tells us what he knows from inside Carrow Road & who might take over from Daniel Farke. The Athletic's Roshane Thomas brings some positivity by talking West Ham and David Moyes, who last week coached his one thousandth and saw his side beat Liverpool to move to third in the Premier League.
Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview another fascinating weekend of Premier League action... Can Ronaldo outscore Man City and is Liverpool's trip to West Ham actually the game of the weekend? Plus, why Saints are quietly impressing George and Dan's ready to give Arsenal (and Ramsdale in particular) some overdue credit.
Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Dale Vince, owner of Forest Green Rovers Football Club who is at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Dale's side are recognised by FIFA as being the greenest football club in the world - we’ll discuss how sport can take action against climate change.. And we are joined by Rob Sullivan, CEO of The Football Foundation to tell us about the £205million worth of Government funding the charity received last week to invest in grassroots football in England and how their work is linked to the 2030 UK and Ireland World Cup bid.
Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Andy Mitten to discuss Xavi's 'inevitable' return to manage Barcelona... Senior Writer Dom Fifield sheds some light on what Spurs fans can expect from new boss Antonio Conte and with David Ornstein reporting that Unai Emery could soon become Newcastle's first post-takeover head coach, they discuss the true value of 'club DNA' in modern management as big clubs continue to turn to inexperienced former players to get them out of trouble!
Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke & James Horncastle to get the inside track on the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo as Tottenham boss and the imminent arrival of Antonio Conte. We’ll also talk Brighton and their manager Graham Potter whose reputation continues to grow after an impressive draw at Anfield at the weekend with The Athletic’s Andy Naylor. And Phil Hay explains why Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is rarely linked with other jobs and gives his thoughts on an important win at Norwich.
Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth, to discuss Leicester's return to form, as Maddison 'gets his swagger back' and with summer signing Patson Daka's star on the rise... Are Leeds "too good to go down", how much does David Moyes deserve a trophy and why it's too soon to expect Villa to move on from Jack Grealish. Plus, who's worse right now - Spurs or Man United?
Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Matt Slater as they speak with Canada Men's Football coach John Herdman. Herdman is bidding to qualify for men’s World Cup in Qatar next year for the first time since 1986, having previously seen success with Canada's women's team at the Olympics, winning two bronze medals. Listen to his story and the way that he's been able to transform a nation's prospects, whilst not always receiving the best support out there.
Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke, to discuss his article on the "inevitable" re-launch of a Super League... The trio reflect on its failure to launch earlier this year, discuss why it was more successful than many believe and what a 'Super-league 2.0' might actually look like... Think boxing meets the biennial World Cup!
Comments (5)

Sharad Patel

Rubbish analysis

Jun 29th

John Anderson

First time listening to your podcast, real enjoyed a reasonable discussion regarding England's game. The knee being booed is really disappointing, it's a gesture that feels like it's accomplishing nothing but to boo black players taking a peaceful protest is awful. England is about inclusiveness and shouldn't be divided by some idiots booing a peaceful protest gesture, we should be propping up our players not ridiculing them.

Jun 3rd

Rok Košir

where is the Victor Font part exactly?

Dec 23rd
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People's lives are MORE IMPORTANT than $$, dead people won't notice how much money they've lost. The FA should act now, but they won't because $£°

Mar 10th
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