The Athletic FC Podcast

The Athletic

The Athletic's flagship football podcast, hosted by Ayo Akinwolere

  • 31 minutes 3 seconds
    Inside Pochettino’s Chelsea exit

    On Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino left his position as Chelsea head coach by mutual consent after less than 11 months in the job.

    After a poor start he led his side to a sixth place finish in the Premier League, but the upturn in form wasn’t enough.

    So, why did the Pochettino project fail, and who will Chelsea turn to next?

    Host: Adam Leventhal

    With: Simon Johnson, Jack Pitt-Brooke

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

    Producers: Mike Stavrou & Jay Beale

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    22 May 2024, 4:52 pm
  • 42 minutes 26 seconds
    Can Man City's dominance be separated from their 115 charges?

    Manchester City have created English football history by winning a fourth consecutive top flight title.

    But do Pep Guardiola’s side get the recognition their achievements deserve?

    Does future dominance depend on how long the manager stays and is the whole debate overshadowed by the 115 charges they face for alleged breaches of Premier League financial regulations?

    Ayo Akinwolere is joined by Man City writer Sam Lee, senior football writer Oli Kay and Manchester football writer Mark Critchley to discuss.

    Host: Ayo Akinwolere

    With: Sam Lee, Oli Kay and Mark Critchley

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

    Producer: Guy Clarke

    Related articles:

    Inside Manchester City’s history-making fourth Premier League title in a row - The Athletic

    Manchester City’s wonderful team and the 115 charges – can the two be separated? - The Athletic

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    20 May 2024, 1:30 pm
  • 42 minutes 19 seconds
    Premier League last day and race for Europe

    It’s matchday 38 in the Premier League and the title race is down to the final day with Man City taking on West Ham and Arsenal up against Everton.


    The race for Europe involves the following matches: Sheffield United vs Spurs, Chelsea vs Bournemouth, Brentford vs Newcastle and Brighton vs Manchester United.


    Host: Adam Leventhal

    With: Tim Spiers and Jon Mackenzie

    Producer: Mike Stavrou

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

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    17 May 2024, 11:00 am
  • 35 minutes 18 seconds
    What made Postecoglou so angry?

    Ange Postecoglou was clearly furious after Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

    But what made him so upset after what was one of Spurs’ better performances in recent months?

    And was he right to be so angry?

    Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s Tottenham writers Charlie Eccleshare & Jack Pitt-Brooke who are also on our Spurs pod View From The Lane..

    Producer Guy Clarke

    Executive Producer Adey Moorhead

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    16 May 2024, 2:37 pm
  • 39 minutes 54 seconds
    Can Glasner's resurgent Palace keep Olise and Eze?

    On Monday, The Athletic reported news of Bayern Munich’s attempt to prize Oliver Glasner from Crystal Palace for a hefty sum.


    That’s credit to the remarkable job Glasner has done since succeeding Roy Hodgson just three months ago.


    The Austrian coach has taken Palace to safety in style - but the big question is: can the club keep hold of their star players and their manager this summer?


    Host: Ayo Akinwolere

    With: Matt Woosnam and Dominic Fifield

    Producer: Mike Stavrou

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

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    15 May 2024, 2:58 pm
  • 46 minutes 41 seconds
    Would Man United & Newcastle really want the Conference League?

    Newcastle United face Manchester United on Wednesday with both clubs competing for a place in Europe next season. 


    But is the increased strain on squads that comes with qualifying for UEFA’s lesser competitions actually worth it? 


    Or would a season out of Europe allow both sides to regroup and build again? 


    Host: Ayo Akinwolere

    With: Carl Anka and George Caulkin

    Producer: Mike Stavrou

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

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    14 May 2024, 3:20 pm
  • 36 minutes 2 seconds
    Will Arsenal's process win a title?

    After recording just a second win in 17 Premier League visits to Old Trafford Arsenal have taken the title race to the final day.

    So can Arsenal now complete the job and win the league for the first time in 20 years, despite Man City still having the title in their hands?

    If they fall short, does anything need to change next season and how long without delivering a league title can Arsenal trust the process?

    Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's football correspondent David Ornstein and Arsenal writer Jordan Campbell to analyse how Mikel Arteta has managed to build his side to this point as well as look ahead to what their next steps could look like.

    Host: Ayo Akinwolere

    With: David Ornstein and Jordan Campbell

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

    Producer: Guy Clarke

    Related articles

    Arsenal marry progress and history with another 1-0 win at Old Trafford - The Athletic

    Mikel Arteta hails Arsenal for opening ‘box of dreams’ on possible Premier League title - The Athletic

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    13 May 2024, 2:20 pm
  • 34 minutes 12 seconds
    Can Arsenal break Old Trafford curse?

    It’s matchday 37 in the Premier League and the main focus is on Manchester United vs Arsenal, another huge match in the title race.


    Elsewhere, Fulham host City and Nottingham Forest go up against Chelsea.


    Host: Adam Leventhal

    With: Tim Spiers and Jon Mackenzie

    Producer: Mike Stavrou

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

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    10 May 2024, 11:00 am
  • 40 minutes 42 seconds
    Will Chelsea keep Pochettino next season?

    Last night in L.A. Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said he drew positives from his side’s recent form in the Premier League.

    So has the Chelsea project turned a corner under Mauricio Pochettino?

    And has he done enough to still be in charge next season?


    Host: Ayo Akinwolere

    With: Simon Johnson & Liam Twomey

    Producers: Guy Clarke & Jay Beale

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

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    9 May 2024, 3:54 pm
  • 30 minutes 47 seconds
    Why can’t Bayern Munich find a manager?

    Bayern Munich announced back in February that this season would be Thomas Tuchel’s last as their manager.


    Fast forward three months and Bayern are yet to find a replacement.


    Xabi Alonso, Julian Nagelsmann, Unai Emery and now Ralf Rangnick have opted to stay at their current jobs rather than join the German club.


    So why are Bayern struggling to fill their managerial vacancy?


    And who could they turn to next?


    Host: Ayo Akinwolere

    With: Jan Åge Fjørtoft and Seb Stafford-Bloor

    Producer: Mike Stavrou

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

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    8 May 2024, 2:04 pm
  • 33 minutes 45 seconds
    Why does Lopetegui want West Ham?

    Last night, West Ham announced that David Moyes will leave the club when his contract expires in the summer.


    After a prolonged search for Moyes’ successor, it seems the Hammers have landed on Julen Lopetegui.


    So… why have West Ham chosen the former Spain, Real Madrid and Wolves manager over other candidates? 


    And for Lopetegui himself - what is it about the project that has made him turn down the allure of Bayern Munich?


    Host: Ayo Akinwolere

    With: David Ornstein and Tim Spiers

    Producer: Mike Stavrou

    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead

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    7 May 2024, 2:28 pm
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