MNC: Liverpool’s U-turn and Sutton’s SAS assessment
We start the podcast with the sad news that Pep Guardiola’s mother has died after contracting coronavirus. We hear from our European football broadcaster Guillem Balague, who wrote a biography about the Manchester City manager. There’s reaction to the breaking news that Liverpool have reversed their decision to place some non-playing staff on temporary leave and apologised to fans. Did they bow to backlash or simply realise they’d made a mistake? We get a Liverpool fan’s perspective from John Gibbons from the Anfield Wrap. With discussions about Premier League pay cuts dominating headlines and players set to start negotiations, we ask if the whole situation is damaging for football. And after Alan Shearer revealed he almost signed for Manchester United, Chris Sutton reveals that the Red Devils tried to sign him from Norwich, and part of the process involved an undercover assessment from a former SAS soldier. Did he pass or fail? Listen to find out.
Euro Leagues: Piano lessons with Eddie Howe and home schooling with José Fonte
Steve Crossman is joined by Guillem Balague and Julien Laurens to discuss the latest news from the football leagues across Europe, including Belgium, France and Spain.
Steve chats to Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe about what he is doing in isolation as well as how he is staying mentally and physically well.
They also talk to Portugal and Lille defender José Fonte about how he is getting on with home schooling his children and life at Lille.
Football Social: With Coady, Rose and Owen
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas host another Friday Football Social focusing on the big debate of the week, players' salaries. Darren and JJ are joined by the BBC's Football Correspondent John Murray and Newcastle defender Danny Rose to discuss the news that Premier League clubs will ask players to take a 30% pay cut in order to protect jobs as it was announced the season will not resume until "it is safe and appropriate to do so".
The team are also joined by Wolves captain Conor Coady to talk about the role Liverpool's Jordan Henderson has played in rallying together the captains of Premier League clubs to create a voluntary charitable fund.
Wigan Athletic manager, Paul Cook, also joins the podcast to chat about what he's doing to help his local community plus Michael Owen speaks to Darren and JJ about his career from staring out at Liverpool, to that FA Cup Final in 2001.
Wage deferrals, Warburton and Champions League suspended
Mark Chapman, Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage discuss player pay cuts with QPR head coach Mark Warburton.
They also speak to Ian Dennis about UEFA's latest statement suspending all Champions League and Europa League matches until further notice.
Footballers get on their bikes & who is Bournemouth’s Piano Man?
Kelly Cates is joined by Pat Nevin and Karen Carney to discuss the best ways to finish this season’s Premier League. Huge questions remain on if the season can actually be finished and if it does re-start - what format will it take? Miguel Delaney is the chief football writer at The Independent and has been covering this story – we get his thoughts. Could a World-Cup-style camp be the answer? Derby County defender Curtis Davies joins the podcast with the idea of temporarily making each season annual. You can also hear from Bournemouth defender Simon Francis on how to cope with injury rehabilitation during isolation. Plus Simon’s boss Eddie Howe reveals how learning piano is keeping him busy.