Thursday, 29 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 271 - Unhappy Hammers

Well there's only topic of discussion this week and it's Sam Allardyce. Sadly, that news broke after we finished recording, so instead, those downloading this week's pod will be treated to an analysis of West Ham's teething problems at their new ground.

The deal that took West Ham from Upton Park to Stratford seemed like an offer too good to be true, but supporter dissatisfaction and lacklustre performances on the pitch have led some to believe they should have stayed where they were. Graham, Terry and Jan look at the issues involved and ask if these things are just what happens when you move into a new place or is something more sinister going on.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.


Friday, 23 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 270 - Barton Funk


Why is Joey Barton back in the news again? No, really... WHY? It can't just be because he has a new autobiography out, can it?

This week, Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the latest (and probably unwritten) chapter of his turbulent career. Is he a maverick, or a wasted talent? Is his ongoing presence a good thing in an increasingly sterile world of football "personalities"? Or is he just an annoyance?

Is there a place for those who speak their mind in a game more image-conscious than ever before.

A word of warning before you rush to the bookshop: Joey's a big a fan of Morrissey, so let's just hope his autobiography is a bit more readable than the one by the former Smiths frontman.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 269 - Modern rivalries



From the media frenzy surrounding last weekend's Manchester derby, you may have been forgiven for expecting a modern day "Rumble in the Jungle". The first Premier League meeting of managerial mega-stars Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho was given the billing of an encounter that would live long in the memories of those with even only a passing interest in the game.

As it was, it was pretty much like every other early season encounter between two teams with realistic title ambitions. A decent enough watch but in real terms hardly indicative of where either side will finish in the table.

This week Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the explosion and the intensity of modern day rivalries be they local derbies (or not so local), managerial duels and even that most arbitrary of all contests, the Ballon D'Or.

Are there any real feuds in football or is it just a load of media-stoked pantomime bantz (or "pantz" for short)?

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 268 - Bigger Sam

A largely unimpressed viewing nation still held its breath as Adam Lallana's desperate shot squirmed between the freshly-moistened thighs of the Slovakian goalkeeper. Big Sam Allardyce's debut as England manager saw a performance that was dour, frustrating and largely uninspiring. While the 95th minute winner took away the smoking gun, the amount of circumstantial evidence against Sam still kept his critics satisfied.

All that said, a win is win and for England it marked their 13th consecutive in tournament qualification, and stretched an unbeaten run of qualifiers that goes back to when this podcast had episodes numbering in a single digit.

Graham, Terry and the returning Jan, fresh from his holiday, discuss the often-maligned English coach and take the opportunity to put on some rose-tinted spectacles to look at the future.

Can we go half an hour without using the words "passion" or "belief"? You'll just have to listen to find out.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 267 - Men against Bees

This week saw the start of the newly revamped Football League Trophy. Usually this would be greeted with about as much excitement as the start of a new bus timetable but this season an ill-conceived decision to include U23 sides of clubs in the Premier League and Championship has thrown the spotlight on this tournament for all the wrong reasons.

To discuss the topic, When Saturday Comes contributor Gary Andrews, makes a welcome return as a guest on the podcast, standing in for Jan who is still on holiday. All of which will make familiar listening to those who also listen to the Oddjobpod, which Gary, Graham and Terry are the regulars on.

Gary brings his views as an Exeter City fan - a club that voted for the changes but has since had cause to doubt that decision. Boycotts, under-strength sides, blue sky thinking and the England set up are all discussed, and we manage to do this with only one slightly oblique reference to James Bond.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 266 - Changing goalkeepers

Last week, we briefly speculated over the future of current England and Manchester City number 1, Joe Hart. On this week's pod, Graham And Terry, extend that line of debate into the wider subject of the future of goalkeeping and the part that key position plays within the team.

Of course, Buffon crops up in the discussion but the focus is soon drawn to his main competitor for World number 1, Manuel Neuer - a player drawing attention for his play-making as much as his shot-stopping. Is he an anomaly or does he represent a paradigm shift in the art?

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 265 - A New Season



Terry, Graham and Jan are back in the studio for a new season of football - the eighth season for this podcast. For the Premier League it's all about new managers, new players and new money. Well, maybe not for Arsenal. Who will be the winners and losers of season 2016/17?

Also, fans of German football will be delighted to hear Terry confirm that he will be continuing his weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to it at tinyletter.com/bundesbag.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.