Michael Calvin's Football People
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 principles of US investors on the global game.
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Joe Cole - An English double in Europe?48:41Joe Cole joins Michael Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and Miguel Delaney to discuss the Conference League and Champions League finals. They pay tribute to the tactical diversity of modern Italian teams, but foresee redemption for West Ham's David Moyes, and a milestone achievement by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City,
Christian Eriksen - Football as Art57:27Manchester United's Christian Eriksen joins Michael Calvin to look forward to the FA Cup final, and to give an insight into his instinctive approach to the game. Seb Stafford Bloor and Tony Hodson dwell on the implications of Manchester City's dominance, assess their natural challengers, and discuss the bouncebackability of this season's relegated clubs.
Roy Hodgson - Lessons of a Lifetime01:01:55On the eve of perhaps the last game in a 47 year career, Roy Hodgson, at 75, offers Michael Calvin a masterclass in management and coaching. His impact on club and country is assessed by Paul Hayward and Dominic Fifield, who also discuss relegation, elite football's lack of romanticism, and the need for a militant approach to racial abuse.
Marco Silva - The Coming Man57:29Marco Silva, shortlisted for the Premier League Manager of the year award joins Michael Calvin to discuss his influences, achievements, and trademark intensity. John Cross and Miguel Delaney praise his maturity at Fulham, and take an all-encompassing look at the challenges facing modern football, in the light of Manchester City's domination.
Michail Antonio - Don't Crumble52:13West Ham striker highlights the importance of winning a European trophy, and looks to the past and the future with Michael Calvin.. Paul Hayward and David Preece dwell on the lessons of his career, the significance of Manchester City's Champions League return leg against Real Madrid, and a rapidly developing race to avoid relegation.
Steve Cooper - Summoning the Spirit of Clough57:24Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper gives Michael Calvin an insight into the principles and pressures involved in the attempt to stay in the Premier League. Jonathan Northcroft and Tony Hodson praise his approach, and assess Forest's relegation rivals before dwelling on the problems faced by Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp.
Patrick Bamford - Marching On Together52:02Leeds striker Patrick Bamford gives Michael Calvin a timely insight into the strains of the scramble to avoid relegation. Lucy Ward and Adrian Clarke assess their chances of survival, and reach an identical conclusion : Manchester City will be Premier League champions for the third successive season.
Tyrone Mings - The Emery Effect51:12Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings joins Michael Calvin to discuss the impact of Unai Emery's coaching, and his rise from Academy reject to England international. John Cross and Richard Amofa assess Villa's chances of European qualification, look forward to the FA Cup semi finals, and suggest Arsenal will fail to prevent Manchester City winning a treble.
Erik Ten Hag - Rebuilding Manchester United51:53With a treble still possible, Erik Ten Hag gives Michael Calvin an insight into the influences and philosophy shaping a successful first season as Manchester United manager. Jonathan Northcroft and David Preece assess his impact in the context of the unique threat represented by Manchester City, who will never have a better chance to win the Champions League.