29 September 2016

Garth Crooks

When an England manager loses his job after just one game, it's always going to be worth abandoning one's existing plans and talking at length about his demise on a podcast. In this week's Football Fives we do exactly that, picking over the carcass of Sam Allardyce's disgraced England spell after The Telegraph caught him out with a smidgeon of entrapment.

Daniel Storey, David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee talk about why Allardyce had to go, and also discuss the values, virtues and vagaries of the Team of the Week feature. There's a chat about West Ham United's difficult start to life at our their stadium, and the shortest question we've ever done: who, Nigel Pearson aside, is next up for the chop.

And there's a listener question this week from Andy Rockall, who gave us an excuse to talk about football kits. So we did. Nottingham Forest, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester United and Aston Villa supporters will recognise our choices.

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23 September 2016

Luka Modrić

Back once again with the ill behaviour, it's the Football Fives Podcast. We're back to our customary four-hander this week with Chris Nee's return from the brink of technological oblivion, so we decided to mark the occasion by doing next to no preparation and putting out another of our "anything goes" episodes.

First up, we re-acquaint ourselves with our respective taste in goals, before exploring in a bit more depth an issue that's come up as part of another question recently: why do pundits and various football folk get so blinded by the ball being touched in the process of a foul being committed? There's some Pep Guardiola stuff too.

In the last part of the show we answer a listener question from friend of the show Dave Musson, who wants to know our favourite examples of bad sportsmanwomanpersonship, and get all emotional about Henrik Larsson, whose birthday was this week. Fortunately for us we can do the same again next year.

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16 September 2016

Wayne Lineker

With reluctant apologies for some of the sound quality (free podcasts sometimes can't do much about technical problems - you know how it is) Football Fives is delighted to unveil its latest weekly podcast episode about football things and that. This week we're talking about Brits abroad, or at least the footballing variety thereof.

The panel's down to three this week - honestly, it's been an absolute disaster - so it falls to Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Ryan Keaney to mull over the key questions about those pioneers who board the ferry and head for the continent and beyond, the players and managers who step outside the perceived norms and create their own path. And Joe Hart.

We tip our hats to our favourite travelling players and managers before going in two-footed on John Hartson's comments about Oliver Burke's move to Germany and whether English football is to blame for its players' lack of adventure.

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8 September 2016

Robert Mak

In a move that's almost guaranteed to ensure that the Football Fives Podcast falls flat before its time, this week's episode is a typhoon of self-referential nonsense. It's a year or two too soon for that kind of thing, but there you go. We're a man down this week, so thanks to the United Kingdom's rail infrastructure for that.

In this episode Daniel Storey, David Hartrick and Chris Nee cruise back through four questions from Football Fives passim, discussing whether or not our views have changed in the intervening period. We look at the loan system, football's worst arguments, the next first-time Ballon d'Or winner and a fantasy relegation.

Finally, we disappear up our own hole by asking which episode of Football Fives is our favourite so far. One of the panel did offer his resignation upon discovering this question but a huge pay rise has compromised his integrity, so we'll be back to full-strength next week.

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2 September 2016

Michail Antonio

Yes, yes. We're a day late again. Sorry. (We're not.) It's all about international football this week and it's international football where we put our focus in this, the latest episode of the Football Fives Podcast. Daniel Storey is too busy to talk to the rest of us at the moment - although we note he's still active on the Twitters - so we're down to three.

David Hartrick, Ryan Keaney and Chris Nee tackle five questions about the international game in this week's show. We discuss the role of the captain at national team level, with a bit of a focus on Wayne Rooney and England, and ask which single change we'd make to Sam Allardyce's first England squad. Some of us even looked at the squad list first.

We talk about Scotland's World Cup 2018 pressure, ask whether national team managers should have to be native to the country they're managing, and we reveal which team we'd adopt if FIFA allowed supporters to file a one-time switch.

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