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The Athletic FC Podcast

The Athletic's flagship football podcast, hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Matt Slater will take you inside the biggest stories from the world of football, told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

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Recent Episodes of The Athletic FC Podcast


Can Man City's dominance be separated from their 115 charges?

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 Crit...

Episode 20 May 2024 42m and 26s


Premier League last day and race for Europe

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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Episode 17 May 2024 42m and 19s


What made Postecoglou so angry?

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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Episode 16 May 2024 35m and 18s


Can Glasner's resurgent Palace keep Olise and Eze?

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...

Episode 15 May 2024 39m and 54s


Would Man United & Newcastle really want the Conference League?

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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Episode 14 May 2024 46m and 41s


Will Arsenal's process win a title?

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...

Episode 13 May 2024 36m and 2s


Can Arsenal break Old Trafford curse?

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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Episode 10 May 2024 34m and 12s


Will Chelsea keep Pochettino next season?

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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Episode 9 May 2024 40m and 42s


Why can’t Bayern Munich find a manager?

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

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Episode 8 May 2024 30m and 47s


Why does Lopetegui want West Ham?

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...

Episode 7 May 2024 33m and 45s

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