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The big kick off

Author: Roy Shanahan

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The big kick off is a football radio show. There are two podcasts, The Football Show & The League of Ireland Podcast. It also is a football website. Go to
434 Episodes
Well, the Premier League season is over and we decided to put together our team of the year. There are a few exclusions that may raise a few eyebrows, but we feel our team is just about right.... Let us know your thoughts and share your team of the year!
With Pochettino and Chelsea deciding to part ways, Klopp's decision to leave Liverpool, De Zerbi gone, Kompany going to Munich and Lopetegui taking over at West Ham.... The managerial Merry Go Round is well and truly underway!
It's been a season to forget at Old Trafford and just when you thought it couldn't get any worse.. the stadium starts to fall apart! We discuss the Old Trafford waterfall and more including... - Spurs fan's and their losing mentality - Premier League clubs to vote on VAR
Eric Ten Haag told us this week that Manchester United are one of the most dynamic and entertaining teams in the Premier League.... We didn't see that one coming!! We discuss this and also.... - Salah and Klopp touchline fallout - It's a two-horse race for the title - Worry for Ferguson at Brighton
It was a week of controversy and drama and who doesn't love a bit of football drama...... - Pressure on Pep, Arteta and Klopp, who will buckle first? - Nottingham Forest accuses the FA and Premier League of cheating - Who would you want on your team? Saka, Palmer, or De Bruyne?
When your club has a designated penalty taker, why do they allow someone else to pull rank? - Coventry make it to Wembley - Man United look half-decent for once - Spurs and Villa fight it out
After the big game at the weekend, it's fair enough to say Liverpool will look back on missed opportunities. We discuss this plus much more including... - Spurs hammer Villa - Brighton's Inconsistency - Alisson vs Kelleher - Arsenal tweak that brought the goals
Drogheda United's owners were true to their word when they said they would look into acquiring Weavers Park. We discuss the positive news and also.. - CK United next for LOI? - John O'Shea is the Irish Boss - Republic of Ireland Women's team face a tough Euro Draw
When Bohemian's supporters misbehave, is it fair to punish another club for that!? We discuss this and more including... - Is it ok to put your hands on a ball boy/girl? It seems to be... - Caoimhin Kelleher reminds everyone that he's still around ahead of the spring internationals
Everton have had some up's and down's this season and the rollercoaster continued over the weekend... - Klopp earns more Silverware - Alphonso Davies agrees €70 million move
The Republic of Ireland manager job seems to be a job that isn't that appealing. We discuss this and much more including... - Shelbourne to purchase Tolka? - Finn Harps under threat? - A look back at the opening weekend
What's the future for Irish football? We were at the FAI Football Consultation and a few interesting things were revealed.... Also.. - Dalymount gets the green light - The Republic of Irelands Nations League draw gets the juices flowing - And the league is finally back!!!
West Ham fans have never fully taken to David Moyes. After being hit for six by Arsenal, it makes things a little more difficult to see a contract being placed on the table! - Harry Kane gets roasted in Germany! - Should Kobbie Mainoo be in the next England Squad? - Should the Blue card be dismissed so easily?
There seems to be a big weekly story coming out of Dundalk every week! - No plastic pitch for Dundalk - Treaty United feeling the blues - Longford hit the century
It was a big game, there was no doubt about that! Arsenal claimed all 3 points but Jamie Carragher was having none of the celebrations... - Can Arsenal win the league? - Is Pochettino under real pressure now? - Is Hojlund the real deal?
Wexford Football Club is going in the right direction and the news of some US investment into the club is very welcome indeed..... - Who would you like to be the new Ireland boss? - A League of Ireland fixture sees itself sneak into the top 50 of Copa 90's best derbies in world football
Jurgen Klopp shocked the footballing world when he announced he would step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season. - Why is he leaving? - Who is likely to take over? - How does the news affect the team this season and next? - What made him so successful?
Roy Shanahan and Nathan Doyle talk all things Irish including... - Do we want a Third tier in the League of Ireland? - Dundalk is looking to sell its naming rights Plus a bit more!
There was only a handful of Premier League games but that didn't shop the football stories rolling in... - Eni Aluko questions the policing of online hate speech - The Saudi League starts to show signs of wobble - Financial Fair Play rules starting to show its teeth
It's only 4 weeks to the League of Ireland's opening games and there is so much to discuss... - Is Higgins under pressure this season? - Can Galway make a big impact on the Premier Division? - Can anyone topple 4 in a row Champions Shamrock Rovers? - What is success for Damien Duff and Shelbourne? Plus a lot more!