1 December 2016

Gary Neville

Football and the media. Isn't it? Mmm. In this week's Football Fives Podcast we're going back in on the beautiful game's rather less enticing mediascape, inspired by Gary Neville's set-to with members of the fourth estate last week. So, where better to begin than by discussing the point he was making and the point that got poked back at him.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee also take a look at the impact of clickbait culture in football, the future of the match report and whether agents, players and clubs are to blame for increasing contempt for transfer rumours in the media. Well, three of us do. One of us hates the bloody things anyway.

Finally, we look for a positive spin on what can be a distressing topic. The challenge? Pick a line-up of columnists for an imaginary football website that we don't want to turn out rubbish like so many of the real ones.

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24 November 2016

Stefan Ilsanker

Regular Football Fives Podcast listeners will be aware of our tendency to prioritise the obscure in the face of pressure to embrace mainstream topics. In this week's show we've taken our preference for the niche questions by talking about the flashest player in the world, the England manager, the England captain and that Liverpool guy. You won't find that stuff anywhere else.

We're shorthanded this week, so Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee tackle their way through five pertinent questions around the theme of the show, which is "no theme" - it's another of our "anything goes" episodes, so we delve into the matter of whether Cristiano Ronaldo is underrated, where England will go under Gareth Southgate, and whether the recent Wayne Rooney story was worthy journalism.

And, just to lighten the mood a bit, we also discuss the abandoned prospect of Steven Gerrard managing MK Dons and what it means for star players going into management, and report back on the teams we've been most interested in watching so far this season.

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17 November 2016

Sir David Beckham

When you get four men in their thirties together there's not always a lot that unites them. Their politics will differ. Their music taste will differ, as will their taste in films, their taste in books and their taste in...well, food and that. And their football allegiances will differ, if they even like football at all.

So it's kind of nice when there's something they all admire with equal gusto. In the case of the Football Fives Podcast, that something is Mr David Beckham. In this week's show Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee focus on the man they've been itching to talk about since day one.

With the help of a listener question, we discuss five Beckham-based or Beckham-related topics and dribble our way through the best part of an hour of #content. Fair warning: if you're not a Beckham person, this podcast ain't fo' you. If you are...enjoy.

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