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  • Ep 43: Rookie managers, the cult of Wes  the top four race

    Ep 43: Rookie managers, the cult of Wes & the top four race

    10/05/2021 Duración: 01h15min

    The lads are joined by Chris Winterburn (@cmwinterburn) to debate the rise of rookie managers at high profile jobs - why teams are willing to hire them, the risk of becoming damaged goods, the pressure on them to take big jobs now rather than later, what the future holds for the likes of Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta, the 'elite' coaching bracket and where the likes of Pochettino and Tuchel lie in it, and if it's unfair to lump Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in with the rookies. (from 29m) Before all that - we take a look at the top four race and Leicester's potential second bottling, Liverpool's chances of bridging the gap and if West Ham can hold on. Also, some Wes Hoolahan love, plus a look at the title races in France and Spain. Join the Discord & Newsletter: linktr.ee/ThreeAtTheBack 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢&

  • Ep 42: Euro Trip  Portugal with Tom Kundert

    Ep 42: Euro Trip & Portugal with Tom Kundert

    27/04/2021 Duración: 01h24min

    It's a European football bonanza this week - as talking about the Super League disaster and top four race in England, take a look at Julian Nagelsmann's immanent move to Bayern Munich in the German manager merry-go-round, talk about the top four race that is too close to call in Italy, the French title race that has Lille ahead of the powerful PSG and the La Liga race which is all to play for and has plucky Seville coming up fast in the wing mirror. To take a closer look at Portugal, we're joined by Tom Kundert (@PortuGoal1) from Portugoal.net to take a look at Sporting Lisbon's charge towards their first title since 2002, what's gone wrong at Benfica and Porto this year, the National side and their star-studded squad and if Jose Mourinho could be tempted in to take them to World Cup glory. Join the Discord & Newsletter: linktr.ee/ThreeAtTheBack 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞ᵁ

  • Ep 41: Super League  Jose Sacked

    Ep 41: Super League & Jose Sacked

    19/04/2021 Duración: 01h14min

    It's a Super League special this week - going through the fallout of this weekend's major announcement that sees a breakaway competition attempt to carve their own way in a bubble of greed and exclusivity. The backlash, the logo, what "fans of the future" might look like, the player implications and the likelihood of it all actually happening. There's also quick words on the not so small story of Jose Mourinho's sacking at Spurs. Slow news day, eh?! Join the Discord & Newsletter: linktr.ee/ThreeAtTheBack 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨&#

  • Ep 40: PSG, Neymar  Champions League Final Four

    Ep 40: PSG, Neymar & Champions League Final Four

    15/04/2021 Duración: 01h06min

    It's a Champions League recap as we look at Liverpool's knockout at the hands of a solid Real Madrid side - talking about the selection, Nat Phillips and whether Firmino would be better suited to midfield. There's also chat on Chelsea's lack of goals and whether Man City can finally end their European duck. From 36 minutes we're joined by Jeremy Smith of French Football Weekly to take a closer look at PSG - the arrival of Pochettino, why Neymar isn't hugely liked, how good Mbappe is and his likely departure, and also a quick look at the Ligue 1 table which is shaping up to have a fantastic finish. Join the Discord & Newsletter: linktr.ee/ThreeAtTheBack 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐟𝐫𝐢

  • Ep 39: German football  Champions League recap

    Ep 39: German football & Champions League recap

    08/04/2021 Duración: 01h15min

    This week we're joined by Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) to run the rule over everything in German football, including Dortmund's dismal league form and the future of Erling Haaland, Marco Rose's imminent move and how Borussia Mönchengladbach's form as nose-dived as a result. We also take a look at Bayern Munich, Hansi Flick's likely move to the National team and why the RB Leipzig machine will keep chugging along. (from 36m) Before all that, the lads recap the Champions League games from during the week, discuss the Trent Alexander-Arnold form and his England situation, why Naby Keita's time could be numbered, rave over Ireland's new kid on the block - Norwich's Andrew Omobamidele - and discuss Ireland's removal of a host city of this summer's Euro 2020. Join the Discord & Newsletter: https://linktr.ee/ThreeAtTheBack 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 

  • Ep 38: Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg

    Ep 38: Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg

    29/03/2021 Duración: 48min

    How quickly things change... last week we were speculating a possible change in Ireland's fortunes, this week we lament the hole John Delaney's FAI has left Irish football in on an international stage, wonder if Stephen Kenny is the right man to take things forward and hope that a post-Covid world could see a bright future for an Irish team that has been well blooded before it's time. It's not all Irish doom and gloom however, we also take a look at Liverpool's interest in Ibrahima Konate and the breaking news that is Sergio Aguero's departure from Man City this summer. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐥&

  • Ep 37: Human Rights and the Qatar World Cup

    Ep 37: Human Rights and the Qatar World Cup

    25/03/2021 Duración: 57min

    With Norwegian clubs taking a stand against Qatar's hosting of the World Cup amidst serious human rights issues, the national side took that one step further this week with their protest. Nicholas McGeehan from FairSquare, a human rights advocacy group, joins us to talk about the wretched conditions workers are living in, the Guardian report that found 6,500 people had died since Qatar was awarded the tournament, as well as Norway's response, Xavi's promotional efforts, the likelihood of a real boycott when the tournament rolls around and why exactly Qatar and other Gulf states are so keen to invest in sports. (from 30m) Before that, Kevin and Enda breakdown Ireland's 3-2 loss to Serbia, looking at Kenny's line-up, who impressed and who still has question marks hanging over them. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢&

  • Ep 36: Ireland kick off World Cup 2022 campaign

    Ep 36: Ireland kick off World Cup 2022 campaign

    22/03/2021 Duración: 01h09min

    We're onto another international break and it's a fresh start for Stephen Kenny's charges - we preview the upcoming World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Serbia and Luxembourg with Oisin McQueirns (@McQueirns), including who's best fit to lead the line, figuring out the midfield three to go with and how Josh Cullen could be the future in the #6 role, and how the back five will look in the absence of some big names. We also take a look at the League of Ireland options and the exciting U-21 squad. Before all that, the lads take a look at the Champions League draw and Xabi Alonso's arrival into senior management. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧&

  • Ep 35: League of Ireland 2021 Preview

    Ep 35: League of Ireland 2021 Preview

    15/03/2021 Duración: 55min

    The League of Ireland season kicks off this weekend and we're joined by David Wilson (@thedavidwilson) from ExtraTime.com to run through all the goings on for 2021 - including Shamrock Rovers' bid to stay on top and replace some big departures, Dundalk's hopes to challenge them amidst confusion over their coaching structure, some of the best of the rest amongst the contenders, some big names and fresh faces, as well as a quick look at Division 1 (from 20mins). Before that - the lads talk about the North London derby, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's position at Arsenal, whether Harry Kane can now be regarded as a dirty player and why Chris Wilder's sacking wasn't a huge surprise. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 

  • Ep 34: The story in Spain as Gerrard rules Scotland

    Ep 34: The story in Spain as Gerrard rules Scotland

    08/03/2021 Duración: 01h27min

    It's a bumper show this week, starting with the latest in La Liga - Alan Feehely (@azulfeehely) is on to discuss Joan Laporta's return as Barcelona president, Atletico Madrid's title charge and Luis Suarez's rejuvenation - as well as if Spanish is football is suffering a downturn amongst the elite leagues and if Zinedine Zidane is feeling the pressure once again as Real Madrid boss (from 31mins). We're also joined by Jordan Campbell of The Athletic (@JordanC1107) to talk about Rangers' storm to the title under Steven Gerrard, the misconceptions of him as a manager, his long term future of the club, the state of Celtic and the overall health of Scottish football (from 59 mins). Before all that - the lads lament the recent awful feast football that has us wanting less, discuss the problems with Liverpool at the moment and the possibility of a squad overhaul and Enda has the latest update on Man Utd. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫&

  • Ep 33: Ole on top as Frank gets the boot

    Ep 33: Ole on top as Frank gets the boot

    26/01/2021 Duración: 01h08min

    The podcast is back for 2021 and a lot has happened since we left off before Christmas. Firstly, it's the little matter of Frank Lampard getting the boot from Chelsea - we discuss what went wrong, the timing and how Thomas Tuchel fits into the club as Roman Abramovich's next plaything. We unpack what's gone wrong at Liverpool over a winter slump that has in the chasing pack and struggling to score goals - and find healthy defenders. From 28 minutes we're joined by Chris Winterburn (@cmwinterburn) to discuss everything Manchester United - how Ole has led them to the top of the league, the club sticking by him, the role of Pogba, Luke Shaw's dramatic improvement and how sustainable this rise is. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐭

  • Ep 32: Arsenal, Kelleher  Klopp v Kelly

    Ep 32: Arsenal, Kelleher & Klopp v Kelly

    02/12/2020 Duración: 01h01min

    We're joined by Art de Roche (@ArtDeRoche) of The Athletic to talk Arsenal this week - including what Mikel Arteta has got right so far and what he's gone wrong after starting the new season off less than impressively than they finished the previous one. We discuss their new-found defensive solidity, the midfield shape and Thomas Partey's role, whether or not Mesut Ozil will be welcomed back into the fold, the Aubameyang situation and his role in the attack and how the Emirates will look as it prepares to welcome back fans on Thursday night for the first time since March (from 30:00) Elsewhere, we praise Caoimhin Kelleher's performance for Liverpool in Europe, make sense of Klopp's war on broadcasters and why Des Kelly may deserve it, and look at Real Madrid and if Zidane is on the hotseat in a struggling season. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 &#x

  • Ep 31: Franks Chelsea on the rise

    Ep 31: Frank's Chelsea on the rise

    25/11/2020 Duración: 50min

    We look at Chelsea this week with Oliver Harbord (@ojharbord) from Football.London, discussing their start to the season and Frank Lampard’s journey so far. We look at their summer signings and the ideal system to get the best out of them, where Callum Hudson-Odoi’s situation lies, the superstar potential of Christian Pulisic, Edouard Mendy and fans’ expectations for the season ahead. (from 27m) Before that, Kevin, Enda and Phil touch on the incredibly sad passing of Diego Maradona on Wednesday. We also discussed Liverpool’s hugely impressive win over Leicester, what’s going on at Sheffield United and the storm in a teacup that engulfed Stephen Kenny after Ireland’s international break. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 &#

  • Ep 30: Whats the story with England?

    Ep 30: What's the story with England?

    09/11/2020 Duración: 57min

    We glance across the Irish Sea this week to get a feel for England ahead of the friendly against Ireland this week - Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) from the Evening Standard joins us for a full lowdown on the England squad, Gareth Southgate's future beyond Euro 2021, the best attacking options, where Jack Grealish fits into the equation, Declan Rice's place in the side, the plethora of full backs in contention for selection, the goalkeeper conundrum and some of the wildcards knocking on the door. Before that, the lads discuss the Manchester City and Liverpool game from the weekend, why Manchester United’s away form is so good and how Ireland are shaping up with the now-retired David McGoldrick not in the team. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧&#x

  • Ep 29: Zlatans World and Ancelottis Everton

    Ep 29: Zlatan's World and Ancelotti's Everton

    03/11/2020 Duración: 01h10min

    It's a double header line-up on this week's podcast - first up, Conor Clancy (@ConJClancy) from Forza Italian Football talks us through the opening few weeks of the Serie A season, the ageless wonder of Zlatan, why Andrea Pirlo may not be the right choice at Juventus, Gattuso's Napoli and why Sassuolo and Atalanta are a whole pile of fun to watch. (26m) We're also joined by James Pendleton (@jpends_) to discuss Everton's start to the season. We touch on Ancelotti, the fantastic business in the summer, the rise of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and fall of Jordan Pickford and why Seamus Coleman is such a club legend. (49m) Before all that, the lads talk about Diogo Jota's immediate impact at Liverpool, the sustainability of coming from behind, Pogba's form at United and Phil compares Arsenal to Jim McGuinness' Donegal... 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 

  • Ep 28: Corks demise and Leeds rise

    Ep 28: Cork's demise and Leeds' rise

    27/10/2020 Duración: 01h15min

    We're joined by Oisin McQueirns (@McQueirns) this week to discuss Leeds' rise back to the Premier League under the eccentric genius of Marcelo Bielsa. We touch on what he's changed at the club, the roles of Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips and why he should hopefully stick around for another few years (from 24m). With the League of Ireland winding down, Dylan O'Connell (@JudgeDyl) comes on to tell us all about Cork City's fall from grace after their relegation from the Premier Division, the financial difficulties which sees it soon to be sold to the ownership group over Preston North End, Shamrock Rovers' title victory and their structure in place for continued success and Dundalk's bizarre season juggling dreadful league form and behind the scenes drama amidst a European campaign (from 45m) In the opening preamble, Kevin, Enda and Phil discuss the inconsistency around the title chase and some of the top six's problems in what could shape up to be a mental title race. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚

  • Ep 27: Villains  Virgilantes

    Ep 27: Villains & Virgilantes

    20/10/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    We're joined on this week's podcast by Omar from the Villa Talks podcast (@VillaPodcast) to talk about Villa's fantastic start to the season - we chat about their transfer business, the arrival of Ross Barkley, why Jack Grealish is their best Premier League since Dwight Yorke, moving on from Tony Xia and why the extremely likeable Dean Smith is doing such a great job (42 mins). Before all that, the lads chat about the Merseyside Derby and how Liverpool can survive without Van Dijk. We also take a look at some more whacky results sending the league into a path we haven't seen in a long time and why Petr Cech has somehow ended up in Chelsea's squad for the season. We also take a look at the mooted European Super League and how that may work and why it's spearheaded by clubs with owners embedded in US sport. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫&#

  • Ep 26: The week that was for Irish Football

    Ep 26: The week that was for Irish Football

    15/10/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    What a busy week of Irish football - a play-off defeat, COVID-19 chaos, airplane seat controversy, Bossman Steo, some decent performances, a marked improvement in the style of play and a goalless drought that is sure to leave people firmly on the fence when it comes to Stephen Kenny's new look Ireland. Kevin, Enda and Phil discuss the mostly good, some of the bad, how things are phased going forward, Mick McCarthy's commentary styles and touch on the U-21's defeat to Italy. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰. ‎‎‎‎‎‎ Contact: editor

  • Ep 25: Manchester City in Peps Year 5

    Ep 25: Manchester City in Pep's Year 5

    01/10/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    We chat to Ger Deegan (@GerraDeegan) this week about everything Manchester City, including fan's frustrations, the defensive frailties after millions spent, the Pep exhaustion theory as we enter year five of his reign, life after Mikel Arteta, the Rodri Role, Joe Hodge, the lack of a Plan B or a #9 and much more. (from 40:00) Before all that, Kevin is joined by Phil and Enda to recap the Champions League draw, lament VAR and the handball rules that have skyrocketed the amount of penaties in the Premier League, and chat about some of the transfers that may or may not happen before Tuesday's deadline. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞, 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝

  • Ep 24: Everything España

    Ep 24: Everything España

    22/09/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    𝐈𝐭'𝐬 𝐚 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 chatting to Seville-based Corkman Alan Feehely (@azulfeehely) about everything going on in La Liga this year including Real Madrid's business, or lackthereof, and how they're set up to defend their title, all the while chaos consumes Barcelona with Leo Messi staying but turnover aplenty including in the dugout. We also consider Atletico Madrid's chances under the ultra intense Diego Simeone and look at some of the dark horses in the pack - as well as why Iago Aspas is the Messi of the lower half of the table (from 30:00). ‎ In part 1, Kevin is joined by Enda and Phil to discuss the past week in the Premier League including Liverpool's unexpected burst of activity in the transfer window, Chelsea's problems in goals and Lampard's approach that could prove costly as the season goes on. And we also chat

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