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Two morons, Jon and Nic, chat about everything and nothing

A Team of John O'Sheas

  • Dec 10, 2020 LATEST EPISODE
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Latest episodes from Morons

11: The Irishman

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 48:57

Jon and Nic are back to talk about the final essay in Nic's recent series. They look at Martin Scorsese's most recent film The Irishman and talk mafia, Hegel and haggis.

10: Midsommar: The Flowers of Anxiety

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2020 47:31

The episode sees Jon and Nic discussing Nic's most recent essay in his coronavirus response series, the Flowers of Anxiety. (https://gumroad.com/l/ptwxm) Enjoy!

9: Jarhead and the Desert of the Real

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2020 49:46

Here's the discussion of the second essay in Nic's series. (https://gumroad.com/l/ZxRXA) Jon and Nic discuss Jarhead, Jean Baudrillard, unreality, war movies and much more besides. Enjoy!

8: Taking it Easy

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2020 54:41

Jon and Nic are back to bring you a series of podcast episodes in tandem with Nic's five-essay series.  In this episode, they're talking Easy and Nic's essay on the unique Netflix series: Taking it Easy. (https://gumroad.com/l/yVYwH) Do check out the essay - half of the proceeds that Nic makes will be going to help people who have suffered at the hands of the pandemic. We'll be next week to talk Jarhead or Midsommer. See you then!

7: Alien vs Aliens

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2020 59:18

Jon and Nic are back to talk about films beloved by people around the world and then trash them. Here they talk about Alien and then its sequel Aliens. Enjoy!

6: Eggers, Lighthouses and the Human Need for Meaning

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2020 63:45

Jon and Nic are back to chat shit and their topic of choice this week is Robert Eggers, director of The Witch and, more recently, The Lighthouse. Plenty to talk about with Eggers and it may even have been the case that Nic persuades Jon that the film is one of the most important films of recent years. But you know. 

5: Uncut Morons

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2020 60:19

Jon and Nic chat about the Safdie Brothers' recent offering, Uncut Gems

4: The Farewell - feat. Ahmed Yussuf

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2019 54:31

Jon is joined by Ahmed Yussuf (and jilted by Nic Morales) to talk about The Farewell - a 2019 American c (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comedy-drama) omedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang.

3: VAR: A Retrospective

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2019 57:05

Jon and Jamie have a discussion about some of the ideological and intellectual undertones behind debates about VAR. 

2: Morons - Joker Gonna Joke

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2019 55:45

Jon and Nic sit down for an hour and discuss the recent Joker film. Enjoy.

1: Morons: A New Hope

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2019 52:21

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

19: Summer Break 2019 - Leicester City

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2019 30:32

In our penultimate episode, we’re in the midlands with one of the Premier League’s nouveau riches.  Leicester City came from the relative poverty of a Premier League relegation battle in 2015 to winning the whole damn thing a season later in what was, without doubt, one of the finest moments of English football’s storied history.  But this vertiginous rise to the lofty heights of the Premier League’s elite had a strange effect on the club. The following season, Claudio Ranieri was sacked, to be replaced by Craig Shakespeare.  Shakespeare, it turned out, was also ‘not to be’ and so followed a succession of managers joining then leaving the club until Brendan Rodgers arrived at the end of last season.  Will Rodgers be able to shake off the curse of the 2015-16 title-winning season? Or is he simply its most imminent victim?   

18: Summer Break 2019 - Newcastle United

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2019 40:22

Today, we’re as far North as we’ll get in this series.  Newcastle has a famous footballing pedigree which is why the slow decline of the club in the last ten years has been all the more painful to watch. Owned by arch capitalist and almost universally despised Mike Ashley, the club has been run as a cash cow for a number of years with the owner doing just enough to milk it for profit.  Fans could hardly believe their luck when they managed to accrue the talents of Rafael Benitez and then keep him even after relegation into the Championship.  But even that silver lining was duly ripped out and sold for monies. Now, fans of the club face the prospect of a season under Steve Bruce, whose career win total is close to tipping beneath his career loss total. If things go as well as many pundits predict, then it could well happen this season.  So here we are. A beleaguered fan base. A manager who does not look up to the rigours of Premier League life. And a squad that leaves a lot to be desired. It could be a long season on Tyneside. Joining us on the show today is a well-known face in the world of Newcastle United fandom: Harry De Cosemo.  Harry covers Newcastle and North East football for the Morning Star newspaper and is also a freelance writer for Football365, Planet Football and Eurosport among others.

17: Summer Break 2019 - Chelsea

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2019 42:03

In today’s episode, we’re back in London - just down the road from Fulham Broadway Tube Station at Stamford Bridge.  Under Roman Abramovich, Chelsea have had an up-and-down few years. As far as the present season is concerned, it’s something of a down year.  Despite Europa League success with Maurizio Sarri last season, a two-window transfer ban from FIFA for malpractice signing foreign under-18 players as well as Sarri’s return to Italy has left fans and pundits alike unsure of how successful a campaign they will have this time around.  If there is a silver lining, it is somewhat tarnished: club legend Frank Lampard here to oversee an influx of youngsters off the back of a curious debut season at Derby County.  Will Lampard save the day as he has done so often in the past? Or is there a danger that Chelsea could drop out of the top six if things don’t go their way? Joining us on the podcast today is one of the biggest personalities in the football media: Amadí Thiam. Amadí is currently lead editor at Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing having previously been community manager for COPA90 US, social media manager for The Athletic Soccer, a feature writer for U.S. Soccer’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and an editorial assistant for Howler Magazine, among others.  His career as a football journalist has led him to press boxes in stadiums around the country, but his true passions are digital content production and Chelsea FC. You’ve more than likely seen his gifs on Twitter and he also manages an account (@ClassicChels) which shares video highlights of Chelsea matches and milestones from years past.

Kitted Out: Episode 8 - Doncaster Rovers 3rd Kit 2018/19

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2019 53:03

Hello and welcome to Kitted Out Podcast, a podcast on football shirts. Each episode, I will take an in-depth look at a different shirt from throughout the years to discuss everything about it. The design, the materials, the story. For episode 8, I am taking a look at the 2018-19 3rd Kit for Doncaster Rovers which was sponsored by CALM and designed by an 11-year-old! This is the 3rd year where Doncaster and CALM have come together and it has produced something wonderful! I spoke with, the Kit Guru to get his thoughts on the design, Ben Hawkey from CALM to discuss the kit, the partnership and the work CALM have been doing in football. I also discussed the EFL partnership and other work that Mind are doing with Jack Holloway from Mind, and finally, I spoke with Liam from Papyrus to give us some information on who Papyrus are and what work they do. If you enjoy the podcast then please rate and review the podcast, subscribe to A Team Of John O’Sheas. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, I can be found on @KittedOutPod, or email me on kittedoutpod@gmail.com (mailto:kittedoutpod@gmail.com) . While you’re on a following spree, don’t forget to follow A Team Of John O’Sheas on @TOJOS_. This will be my last episode of Kitted Out that will be out on A Team Of John O’Sheas, I would like to say a massive thank you to Jon for allowing me to use his platform and all the support and guidance he has given me over the last 9 months! For more info on where Kitted Out is moving to, please do follow me on twitter and I will update there! Thank you for listening. Social Media Links Kitted Out Podcast - @KittedOutPod A Team Of John O’Sheas - @TOJOS_ Football Media Podcast - @FootyMediaPod Jon Mackenzie - @Jon_Mackenzie Kit Guru - @FCKitGuru CALM - calmzone.net / @theCALMzone Mind - Mind.org.uk/football / 0300 123 3393 / @MindCharity Papyrus - papyrus-uk.org / 0800 068 4141 / @PAPYRUS_tweets

16: Summer Break 2019 - West Ham United

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2019 29:08

Today, we’re back in the capital city - in London's North West and Stratford.  It’s hard to talk about West Ham without mentioning their geographic re-location. Moving away from their home in Upton Park three seasons ago, the Hammers took up residence in the Olympic Stadium bequeathed them in the wake of London 2012.  This sort of casual dismissal of localism in sports fandom has become par for the course in recent years but West Ham’s story seems to offer a parable about the difficulties of a football club uprooting and making a new home.  Only now, three years later, do West Ham look as though they’re about to turn a corner. A new manager last season bolstered by an impressive window, the club looks like they could cement themselves in the race for ‘best of the rest’ this time around.  Could this be their most impressive season in recent years? Or could the influx of new names fail to gel and leave the Irons off the pace?  Joining us today is a well-known name from the world of West Ham fandom: Danny Lewis. Danny is currently working with Snack Media and has contributed to No Place Like Home and These Football Times, as well as various West Ham related websites and fanzines. 

15: Summer Break 2019 - Norwich City

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2019 51:45

Today we’re heading to a part of the country that is under-represented in the Premier League: Norfolk.  Norwich aren’t exactly new to the Premier League but, when they dropped out of the top division of English football in 2016, no one expected them to be coming up again any time soon.  Two uninspiring seasons in the Championship followed and it looked as thought Norwich were more likely to head in the opposite direction.  But then everything changed when two men came into the club and turned it around: Stuart Webber was made Sporting Director and, early on in his tenure, he brought in Daniel Farke as manager. In two seasons, Norwich found their way to the top of the Championship table and barely looked back.  But will the sheen come off when they take their place in the Premier League next year? Or will they manage to overcome the odds and cement themselves firmly in the division? Joining us today is an individual who will be familiar to many of you. Adam Brandon is a writer for popular fan site Along Come Norwich as well as being South American editor for World Football Index.  For his day job, he works in a consultancy role for Football Radar as the League Analyst for Chile, the country where he is based.

14: Summer Break 2019 - Wolverhampton Wanderers

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2019 35:53

Today we’re in Wolverhampton exploring a club whose fortunes have changed drastically in recent years.  When Wolves dropped out of the Premier League in 2012 and then out of the Championship in the following season, no one expected them to be back in the top division of English football any time soon. But when Chinese firm Fosun International bought out the team and began forging a special relationship with Jorge Mendes, things soon turned around.  Now with Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm, the West Midlands team have made the top half of the table their own, being crowned best of the rest last season.  But will it last? Can they keep their spot just beneath the so-called Top Six? Perhaps they could even venture upwards? Joining us today is a face that will be familiar to many in the Wolves-supporting community: Dave Azzopardi. Dave is the founder of Talking Wolves, a Wolverhampton Wanderers social media channel.

13: Summer Break 2019 - Watford

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2019 46:56

Today we’re nearly in London but not quite… which is how I would have described Watford in terms of the Premier League a couple of seasons ago.  Two years on and the Hornets have graduated into that coveted set of teams in the league’s middle class: the best of the rest.  An 11th place finish might not sound like much but, only two points off Sullivan and Gold’s vanity project, West Ham, and Watford are certainly in the mix. All of which is strange given that the writing seemed on the wall for Watford when their talismanic manager Marco Silva joined Everton before the season started. But here we are.  Can Watford consolidate and make themselves reliable midtable finishers? Or will they rest on their laurels and drop back into the chasing pack? Joining us on the show is one of the biggest names in Watford FC podcasting – Mike Parkin.  From the Rookery End is about to head into its tenth season and has charted Watford's fairly unorthodox recent history from the brink of despair and possible bankruptcy all the way to the Premier League.  Mike Parkin is one of the original members of the team and has been watching Watford since the eighties. His first game was a home FA Cup tie with Walsall that ended 4-4 and he's been a hopeless Hornets' addict ever since. 

12: Summer Break 2019 - Burnley

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2019 42:19

Today, we’re back in the North West, if not in football’s birthplace then in the cauldron in which it was refined.  Burnley’s Turf Moor has, against the expectations of many pundits - professional and armchair alike, continued to enjoy Premier League football for the last three seasons. Each year, there are naysayers who predict the club to drop back into the Championship but it never happens.  Much of this is to do with their long-serving manager, Sean Dyche, who has dragged Burnley Football Club with him into the top division of English football and kept them there unrelentingly.  But will a fourth season be too much? Can they defy the odds once again? Or is modern football just too money-driven? Joining us on the show today is Natalie Bromley, who is, amongst other things, a poker player, a lawyer and a self-confessed ‘feisty Claret’.  She is also the editor of the Burnley podcast No Nay Never and weekly Clarets Columnist in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

11: Summer Break 2019 - Brighton and Hove Albion

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2019 39:15

Today we head to the South Coast for one last time. Our destination is Brighton: a famously open city which extends its broad-mindedness to its football club.  Over the summer, the Albion have displayed a willingness to be progressive, sacking their manager Chris Hughton in favour of another manager, Graeme Potter, who they expect to be able to take the club further in the Premier League than his predecessor.  Potter comes with impressive seasons at Ostersund and Swansea under his belt and the Brighton faithful will be hoping he can translate these successes into similar positivity at the AMEX stadium. But there is no saying that the success will come. Is this too much of a risk for a club who only narrowly avoided relegation last season? Is the problem with the squad rather than the manager? Or could this be just what Brighton need to cement their place in the Premier League?   Joining us today is a familiar face from the world of football media. Kieran Maguire is a lecturer in football finance from the University of Liverpool, where he teaches on the Football MBA course. He also pops up with irritating regularity on TV, radio and newspapers discussing club valuations, FFP and the lunacy of trying to make ends meet in the EFL. 

10: Summer Break 2019 - AFC Bournemouth

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2019 44:44

Today we’re back on the south coast where a glut of teams have sprung up and made the Premier League their own in recent years.  No one expected this of Bournemouth but, since their arrival in the Premier League in 2015, they have quickly made themselves division stalwarts.  Last season started out their best yet with Eddie Howe and his side threatening to break into the top 6 in the early period. However, as the season drew on, they fell away, dropping to a disappointing 14th place in the end.  Will this season see any palpable change for the Cherries? Will they squeeze their way into the top half of the table this time around? Or is the Premier League just becoming too competitive? Joining us on the show today is a familiar face in the world of Bournemouth fan media: Alex Deutsch. has been an AFC Bournemouth fan the majority of his life.  Often spotted on BT sport as a fan pundit and once described as 'former Ipswich Town' player by Jim White on TalkSPORT, Alex is enjoying the fun that comes with the national media's recent discovery that AFC Bournemouth do exist, having seemingly not done only seven years ago.

9: Summer Break 2019 - Manchester United

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2019 43:13

For today’s episode, we find ourselves back in Manchester… well… almost Manchester depending on how you parse Salford.  But the Manchesters City and United are not just geographically distinct but substantially distinct these days. Gone are the times when United used to dominate the Premier League and City used to languish… now the tables have turned.  Where City have won back to back titles, Manchester United are looking down the barrel of a future in which the top spot of the Premier League is almost too far away to see.  As the litany of managers continues as each one finds their own unique way to destroy the club, Manchester United find themselves helmed by a club legend who lacks any real managerial pedigree and a former investment banker who is good for business and little else, it seems.  So will this season but much of the same for United? Or can they drag themselves out of their existential funk?   Joining me to discuss all things United is one of the biggest names in the world of Manchester United podcasting. Richard Cann is a regular on the Red Voices podcast. Thank you for coming on today.

8: Summer Break 2019 - Everton

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2019 51:12

Today’s episode takes us back to Liverpool but to the other end of the colour spectrum.  In recent seasons, Everton have lived in the shadow of their cross-city rivals, not least since Liverpool started making it to Champions League finals and Everton could only struggle with Europa League fixtures.  But things aren’t all terrible for fans of the club. An eighth-place finish last season puts them in and around the sort of area that their fans expect them to be in. With investment and another season of Marco Silva, along with another poor showing from the big six in the league and Everton could creep into the upper echelons of the league hierarchy.  But is this all they have? Hope of other teams slipping up? Or is there something more concrete to hold on to? Joining us today is a face that will be familiar to many in the Everton-supporting community: Mark Godfrey. Mark was the editor of the recently departed The Football Pink magazine and website and has been an Evertonian through thick and mostly thin for over 35 years.  He occasionally guests in other publications such as When Saturday Comes, the Everton fanzine When Skies Are Grey, and the Scottish football magazine, Nutmeg. 

7: Summer Break 2019 - Arsenal

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2019 42:44

Today we’re back in the capital: in North London and the Borough of Highbury and Islington.  The Borough has seen a lot of upheaval of late when it comes to men in their 70s who can inspire young people around the country. But where Jeremy Corbyn is still at large, Arsene Wenger is now long gone.  Vampiric insurance salesman Unai Emery has had a full season in charge at the Emirates now and, although his tenure started off well enough, by the time the season drew to a close with an embarrassing Baku trip in which cross-city rivals Chelsea demolished them, the fan base was starting to grumble.  What will next season hold? Is it Emery’s last chance? And how did Arsenal become a club who are hanging onto the top six by their fingernails? Joining us today is someone who will is a familiar face when it comes to Arsenal punditry. Lewis Ambrose is an Arsenal fan who, when time allows, dives into the team’s tactics for Arseblog.

6: Summer Break 2019 - Sheffield United

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2019 46:50

This week’s episode takes us to a city that hasn’t seen Premier League football for over a decade. Sheffield has a storied history of first division footballing successes but its been some time since the city had a representative at the top table of English football.  Back in 2006/07, it was Neil Warnock’s Sheffield United who had their turn at being the highest placed Sheffield side in the league structure. It lasted a year and, to this day, Warnock maintains that it was all Carlos Tevez’s fault.  This time around, the club has a markedly different feel. Chris Wilder has carried the club up two divisions and got them playing a smart, tactically astute football with a minimal wage bill.  Will Wilder succeed where Warnock faltered? Is the Premier League a step too far? Or will the last season set up the Blades to cause a shock? Joining us today is one of the luminaries of the Sheffield United fan media. James Socik is better known by his twitter name Blades Analytic. Starting out as a self-described “fanalyst” he now works for Peterborough United as a data recruitment analyst. 

5: Summer Break 2019 - Liverpool

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2019 41:23

Today’s episode carries us back to the North, to one of the country’s biggest footballing cities.  Things are on the up in Liverpool with both of its Premier League clubs enjoying relative purple patches in recent years. The red half of Liverpool, though, has had the better of it with Jurgen Klopp’s side picking up a Champions League title in their second consecutive final.  In the Premier League, though, it was a different matter: 97 points, it turned out, not being enough to take the trophy off Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.  So as next season looms, the question becomes: have Liverpool hit their ceiling? Is there anything that they can do to knock City off their perch? Or should they focus their efforts on yet another Champions League final? Joining us today is a familiar name from the world of Liverpool football media: Andrew Beasley. Andrew is a freelance football writer who specialises in looking at the statistical side of the game. He is also the site editor for the website twelve.football. 

4: Summer Break 2019 - Southampton

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2019 69:28

Today’s episode carries us down to the South Coast. Now, for many of us, Brighton notwithstanding, the South Coast hardly conjures up an image of hip and trendy. But five years ago, Southampton Football Club had garnered themselves just such an image, with a savvily run youth academy and a club blueprint that had many neutrals impressed.  In recent seasons, this image quickly fell away and, by last season, had reached its nadir as Mark Hughes arrived at the club. From the ridiculous to the sublime, this season saw Southampton got from nailed on relegation candidates to potential reclaimers of their former reputation as a savvily run club.  The catalyst for this change was Ralph Hasenhuttl, newly arrived from RB Leipzig. With a summer under his belt, will the Austrian be able to push Southampton back up the table to where they used to find themselves? Or has the landscape of the Premier League changed so much in recent years that it will be an uphill struggle?   Joining us today is a familiar face from the world of football media: Alex Stewart. Alex is head of strategy for Tifo Football, the best football channel on YouTube. He also produces tactical content for Tifo, appears on the Tifo Football podcast, and has written widely about the game for various outlets.

Kitted Out: Episode 7 - Hearts 3rd Kit

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2019 61:23

Hello and welcome to Kitted Out Podcast, a podcast on football shirts. Each episode, Ollie Shepherd takes an in-depth look at a different shirt from throughout the years to discuss everything about it. The design, the materials, the story. For episode 7, he talks about the 2015 Hearts Of Midlothian 3rd kit which, famously, printed all the names of the Foundation Of Hearts members. Not the first of its kind and surely not the last, Ollie also look at similar honorary kits as well as a discussion on fan ownership in football. He spoke with Richard Johnson, novelty kit extraordinaire, Stuart Wallace, chairman at The Foundation Of Hearts, and Alex Stewart from Tifo Football to discuss these topics and even more!  If you enjoy the podcast then please rate and review the podcast, subscribe to A Team Of John O’Sheas. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, I can be found on @KittedOutPod, or email me on kittedoutpod@gmail.com (mailto:kittedoutpod@gmail.com) . While you’re on a following spree, don’t forget to follow A Team Of John O’Sheas on @TOJOS_. Social Media Links Kitted Out Podcast - @KittedOutPod Richard Johnson - @FootballAttic Stuart Wallace - @srwallace1 The Foundation Of Hearts - @The_FOH Alex Stewart - @AFHStewart Tifo Football - @TifoFootball_ A Team Of John O’Sheas - @TOJOS_ Football Media Podcast - @FootyMediaPod

3: Summer Break 2019 - Tottenham Hotspur

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2019 43:54

Today’s episode sees us visiting the capital city for the first time in this series. Our visit, though, takes us across North London from the famous arch of England’s national stadium to the perhaps equally endearing cheese room of the as yet unnamed New Tottenham Stadium.  Spurs fans have a funny habit of complaining about everything to do with their season whilst coming in the top four of the Premier League and making it to the Champions League final.  Of course, their complaints are fully justified when you take a look at the list of incoming players at the club last season. Not a single penny was spent by Daniel Levy last summer, making this season’s escapades all the more impressive.  But will things change this time around? Could there be money in the bank? Could Spurs sign… heaven forbid… a real living breathing central midfielder to bolster their bit part Sissoko-infused central area? Joining us today is one of the finest minds that Tottenham Hotspur can call its own. Nathan Clark is a Spurs fan, tactical analyst and member of The Extra Inch Podcast

2: Summer Break 2019 - Aston Villa

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2019 48:46

This week’s episode carries us to the Midlands, to a stadium that hasn’t seen Premier League football for three years. Home of the Peaky Blinders, Birmingham boasts its own Peaky Blinder, Jack Grealish, who is the star of today’s team: Aston Villa.  Having dropped down into the Championship in 2016, Villa fans thought that their return to the top table of English football was a matter of course. But a 13th place finish and then a play-off final loss had them rethinking things when the season started.  Even midway through last season, their Championship credentials seemed guaranteed for another year until Dean Smith’s side went on a ten-game unbeaten run which set them up for play-off triumph and a glorious return to the Premier League.  But what awaits them in the top division of English football? Is it straight back down or can they hang on and cement their place in the league that their fans see as their rightful place? My guest this week is one of the biggest names in Aston Villa fan media - James Rushton is the editor of 7500 to Holte, a Villa fan site and podcast hosted by SB Nation.

1: Summer Break 2019 - Manchester City

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2019 51:14

We start our journey around the Premier League in the geographical North not just of England but also, appropriately enough, of the Premier League itself. Last season, Manchester City managed what few other teams have managed in Premier League history: winning back to back titles in the division.  In Pep Guardiola’s three years at the club, Manchester City have become something of a cheat code. This season, they picked up all of the domestic trophies available to them. Only the Champions League eludes Guardiola.  But where the on-pitch is going swimmingly, the off-pitch leaves a little more to be desired. As Manchester City have made the Premier League Top Six less competitive, there have been increasingly concerning stories about the mechanisms by which this success has happened coming out in the press.  What does this mean for Manchester City fandom? Are City effectively unbeatable? And does it even matter?  Joining us on this episode is one of the biggest names in the world of Manchester City punditry. Nico Morales is a freelance journalist whose work has been featured on The Ringer, The Athletic, Howler Magazine, StatsBomb, FanSided and his own medium. 

All Stats Aren't We - A Leeds United Season Review

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2019 61:41

At the end of an eventful season, Jon Mackenzie and Jamie Kemp look back over Leeds United's 2018/19 season using statistical analysis and with an eye to tactical systems. They look at the season as a whole before breaking down each area of the team to assess them, look at Marcelo Bielsa's first season in charge and discuss what needs to be done over the summer to set the team up for next season.

Kitted Out: Episode 6 - FIFA Women's World Cup Kits

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2019 66:32

Hello and welcome to Kitted Out Podcast, a podcast on football shirts. Each episode, I will take an in-depth look at a different shirt from throughout the years to discuss everything about it. The design, the materials, the story. For episode 6 I talk all things Women's Football in prep for the 2019 Women's World Cup. The competition is groundbreaking as most teams competing in the competition will be doing so in different designed kits to the men! Takes on traditional kits have got kit nerds like myself excited for the future of kit kind! I spoke with, Suzy Wrack, Pete Blackburn, Carrie Dunn and Phil Delves about the World Cup, the growth of women’s football and the fantastic kit designs we will be seeing in Summer. If you enjoy the podcast then please rate and review the podcast, subscribe to A Team Of John O’Sheas. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, I can be found on @KittedOutPod, or email me on kittedoutpod@gmail.com. While you’re on a following spree, don’t forget to to follow A Team Of John O’Sheas on @TOJOS_. Social Media Links Kitted Out Podcast - @KittedOutPod Suzy Wrack - @SuzyWrack Pete Blackburn - @PeteBlackburn Carrie Dunn - @Carriesparkle Phil Delves - @Phildelves A Team Of John O’Sheas - @TOJOS_ Football Media Podcast - @FootyMediaPod

The Football Media Podcast: Katie Whyatt - The Telegraph

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2019 55:21

This week, Jon speaks to Katie Whyatt of The Telegraph about her experiences working for an outlet that has just rolled out the first dedicated Women's Sport section. Before that, Jon and George cover the news in football media this week, looking at: * Telegraph Women's Sport * Copa90's new business model * The media coverage of the Moise Kean racism incident * Apple News Plus and the future of content subscription * Other headlines in the global media. Enjoy!

Kitted Out: Episode 5 - AFC Bedale 2018

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2019 35:40

Hello and welcome to Kitted Out Podcast, a podcast on football shirts. Each episode, Ollie Shepherd takes an in-depth look at a different shirt from throughout the years to discuss everything about it. The design, the materials, the story. For episode 5, he travelled up to North Yorkshire to talk with members of AFC Bedale to discuss their meaty kit. The team, sponsored by Heck Sausages, have a kit this year based on a hot dog. This shirt has a charitable side to it, with the club making sure 25% of every shirt sale went to Prostate Cancer UK. Myself, Bedale locals and Richard Johnson discuss the kits, the charitable causes as well as novelty kits throughout the years to see what is weird and wonderful about them. If you enjoy the podcast then please rate and review the podcast, subscribe to A Team Of John O’Sheas.  Feel free to follow Ollie on Twitter: he can be found on @KittedOutPod or emailed on kittedoutpod@gmail.com.  While you’re on a following spree, don’t forget to follow A Team Of John O’Sheas on @TOJOS_. **Social Media Links** @FootballAttic - Richard Johnson (Twitter) @AFCBedale - AFC Bedale (Twitter) @KittedOutPod - Kitted Out Podcast (Twitter) @TOJOS_ - A Team Of John O’Sheas (Twitter)

The Football Media Podcast: Episode Twenty-Three - The Keeper, Marcus H. Rosenmuller, John Henshaw, Freya Mavor and David Kross

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2019 38:07

Hello and welcome to the twenty-third episode of the Football Media Podcast on the Team of John O'Sheas platform. I'm Jon Mackenzie and, across the course of the new season, I'm going to be bringing you a weekly podcast that seeks to open up the often-murky underworld of the football media. This week, we’re going off-road a little as I get exclusive access to the cast and directors of a new film, The Keeper, which tells the story of Bert Trautmann. In the course of the podcast, I give my own opinion of the film before speaking to the Director Marcus H. Rosenmuller and actors John Henshaw, Freya Mavor and David Kross about their experiences of making the film. If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your friends, subscribe, rate and review on iTunes in order to help us gain exposure and, if you are a social media person, follow us on Twitter @FootyMediaPod. We’ll be back next week with another interesting guest from the world of the football media. Before that, though, it’s the director and cast of The Keeper. Enjoy!

The Football Media Podcast: Episode Twenty-Three - Investigative Journalism and Football

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2019 72:01

Hello and welcome to the twenty-third episode of the Football Media Podcast on the Team of John O'Sheas platform. I'm Jon Mackenzie and, across the course of the new season, I'm going to be bringing you a weekly podcast that seeks to open up the often-murky underworld of the football media. This week, I'm speaking to James Montague – freelance journalist and author. In the course of our conversation, we talk about his experiences of investigative journalism across the world of football, corruption and intrigue within the beautiful game and slow journalism and its compatibility with football. If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your friends, subscribe, rate and review on iTunes in order to help us gain exposure and, if you are a social media person, follow us on Twitter @FootyMediaPod. We’ll be back next week with another interesting guest from the world of the football media. Before that, though, it’s James Montague, investigative journalism and the seedy side of football. Enjoy!

The Football Media Podcast: Episode Twenty-Two - Academia, French Football and Esports

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2019 50:18

Hello and welcome to the twenty-second episode of the Football Media Podcast on the Team of John O'Sheas platform. I'm Jon Mackenzie and, across the course of the new season, I'm going to be bringing you a weekly podcast that seeks to open up the often-murky underworld of the football media. This week, I'm speaking to Dr Jonathan Ervine – senior lecturer in French at Bangor University. In the course of our conversation, we discuss French football, its media, the role that football plays in French identity, French club's trepidation into esports and the future of the football media. If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your friends, subscribe, rate and review on iTunes in order to help us gain exposure and, if you are a social media person, follow us on Twitter @FootyMediaPod. We’ll be back next week with another interesting guest from the world of the football media. Before that, though, it’s Jonathan Ervine, Academia, French football and Esports. Enjoy!

The Football Media Podcast: Episode Twenty-One - Mad Dog Gravesen and the Art of Book Writing

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2019 36:19

Hello and welcome to the twenty-first episode of the Football Media Podcast on the Team of John O'Sheas platform. I'm Jon Mackenzie and, across the course of the new season, I'm going to be bringing you a weekly podcast that seeks to open up the often-murky underworld of the football media. This week, I'm speaking to Chris Sweeney – feature writer at a number of newspaper and magazines, and author of Mad Dog Gravesen: The Last of the Footballing Mavericks In the course of our conversation, we discuss the book itself, the experience of writing a monograph-length work, and the practicalities of publishing. If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your friends, subscribe, rate and review on iTunes in order to help us gain exposure and, if you are a social media person, follow us on Twitter @FootyMediaPod. Next week, we’ll be talking to Jonathan Ervine, senior lecturer in French at Bangor University. Before that, though, it’s Harry Robinson, VAVEL and the art of podcasting. Enjoy!

Morons - In which we regale you with tales of IKEA

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2019 55:39

After a brief hiatus, Morons is back and the morons are back. Much of the sort of stuff you should have come to expect from us now: * Bit on writing * Bit on Pep Guardiola's development * Bit on Manchester City vs Chelsea and the title race * Bit on Manchester United vs PSG * Bit on half spaces * Bit on IKEA as a food outlet Enjoy!

Kitted Out: Episode 4 - Rayo Vallenco and Deportivo Guadalajara

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2019 66:22

Hello and welcome to Kitted Out, a podcast on football shirts. In each episode, we take an in-depth look at a different shirt from throughout the years to discuss everything interesting about it. The design, the materials, the story. For Episode 4, Ollie Shepherd talks to many people from the LGBT community about their experiences as a football fan, what it means to see the pride flag at stadiums and tied to the game we all love. There is also some discussion on the 2015 Rayo Vallenco and Deportivo Guadalajara rainbow kits issued by Kelme and Hummel. He spoke to people involved in the game to people who can be found in the terraces to try and cover all areas of the game and fandom. If you enjoy the podcast than please rate and review the podcast, subscribe to A Team Of John O’Shea’s.  Feel free to follow Ollie on Twitter: he can be found @KittedOutPod, or email me on kittedoutpod@gmail.com. He’ll be happy to speak to anyone. Social Media Links Greg McLean - @Gregmclean92 Jon Holmes - @Jonboy79 Di Cunningham - @Prideinfootball Chris Paouros - @SpursLGBT Peter Tatchell - @PeterTatchell Kitted Out - @KittedOutPod Ollie Shepherd - @OllieShep97 A Team Of John O’Sheas - @TOJOS_

Morons Do Film - Identity and Alan Bennett

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2019 69:27

So we've finally gotten around to doing another film episode like we promised. We're a bit low on the ground for various reasons but this didn't stop this one being a great chat about the following films: The Damned United Good bye, Lenin! Die Welle (The Wave) Hanna Pan's Labyrinth The guest and chooser of these films was Chris Brammer (@Brammered).  Enjoy!

The Football Media Podcast: Episode Twenty - VAVEL, Football History and Podcasting

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2019 48:21

Hello and welcome to the twentieth episode of the Football Media Podcast on the Team of John O'Sheas platform. I'm Jon Mackenzie and, across the course of the new season, I'm going to be bringing you a weekly podcast that seeks to open up the often-murky underworld of the football media. This week, I'm speaking to Harry Robinson – Head of Content at VAVEL and host of the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and the United Through Time Podcast. In the course of our conversation, we discuss the work of VAVEL, the ins and outs of podcasting, and his experiences of working within the media as a young person. If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your friends, subscribe, rate and review on iTunes in order to help us gain exposure and, if you are a social media person, follow us on Twitter @FootyMediaPod. We haven’t sorted a guest for next week as of yet but be assured the podcast will happen. Before that, though, it’s Harry Robinson, VAVEL and the art of podcasting. Enjoy!

The Football Media Podcast: Episode Nineteen - Football Whispers and Book Publishing Models

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2019 45:31

Hello and welcome to the nineteenth episode of the Football Media Podcast on the Team of John O'Sheas platform. I'm Jon Mackenzie and, across the course of the new season, I'm going to be bringing you a weekly podcast that seeks to open up the often-murky underworld of the football media. This week, I'm speaking to Ryan Baldi – Senior writer at Football Whispers and author of The Next Big Thing. In the course of our conversation, we discuss his experiences of working for Football Whispers, the ins and outs of writing a book, and his experiences of working within a number of different publishing models. If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your friends, subscribe, rate and review on iTunes in order to help us gain exposure and, if you are a social media person, follow us on Twitter @FootyMediaPod. We haven’t sorted a guest for next week as of yet but be assured the podcast will happen. Before that, though, it’s Ryan Baldi, Football Whispers and the Process of Book Publishing.  Enjoy!

Morons - Under Construction

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2019 81:29

You can either look at this as a late episode or an early episode... This week we spend a lot of time talking about journalism. Sorry.  * We begin from Spygate * Rapidly divert to talk about whether or not the MSM gatekeeps * Go back to Spygate * Talk about the changing face of football in terms of galactico culture * Have a chat about elite players becoming used to playing for 60 minute shifts * Talk about Copa Mundials. Enjoy!

The Football Media Podcast: Episode Eighteen - Japanese Football and its Media Culture

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2019 38:46

Hello and welcome to the eighteenth episode of the Football Media Podcast on the Team of John O'Sheas platform. I'm Jon Mackenzie and, across the course of the new season, I'm going to be bringing you a weekly podcast that seeks to open up the often-murky underworld of the football media. This week, I'm speaking to Dan Orlowitz – football writer for the Japan Times. In the course of our conversation, we discuss his experiences of working within the Japanese media, the differences between Japanese and western media, and whether or not the AFC will ever achieve parity with other associations worldwide. If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your friends, subscribe, rate and review on iTunes in order to help us gain exposure and, if you are a social media person, follow us on Twitter @FootyMediaPod. Next week, we’re talking to Ryan Baldi about the process of writing and publishing his book The Next Big Thing but, before that, it’s Dan Orlowitz, Japanese football and its media culture.  Enjoy!

Morons - It's the Kids Who are Wrong...

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2019 70:44

Happy 2019! What better way to celebrate than by listening to the dulcet tones of two of the football media's best-paid stars... Well anyway - we are back! Lots to get your teeth into this week: * Water filtration methods * Pep Guardiola and Racism * Manchester City vs Liverpool * Jon's New Newsletter * Marcelo Bielsa * On genealogy of managers * Ethical consumption (www.patreon.com/tojos *cough*) There's other stuff in there too but  Jon's ill and struggling to concentrate. Peace!

Kitted Out: Episode 3 - Stand Up Speak Up 2005

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2019 66:42

Hello and welcome to Kitted Out, a podcast on football shirts. Each episode we will take an in-depth look at a different shirt from throughout the years to discuss everything interesting about it. The design, the materials, the story. For episode 3, Ollie looked at the 2005 Stand Up Speak Up kits released by Nike to bring awareness to the campaign with the same name. Nike released kits to 5 teams in total as well as creating replicas to raise money for the campaign which ran from 2005 to 2008.  He chatted with Gustavo Thomas about the kit he has, George Starkey-Midha about the work Kick It Out are doing, Kadeem Simmonds about racism in football media and familiar voice Nico Morales about racism in European football.   What is being done? What role does the media take and why, in 2018, is this still an issue?  If you enjoy the podcast then please rate and review the podcast, subscribe to A Team Of John O’Shea’s. Feel free to follow me on twitter, I can be found @KittedOutPod, or email me on kittedoutpod@gmail.com. I’ll be happy to speak to anyone. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS Gustavo Thomas - Portugal Match Worn (Facebook) George Starkey-Midha - @GStarkeyMidha (Twitter) Kadeem Simmonds - @KadeemSimmonds (Twitter) Nico Morales - @Nico_OMorales (Twitter) A Team Of John O’Sheas - @TOJOS_ (Twitter)

The Football Media Podcast: Episode Seventeen - Journalism, Academia and the Treatment of Raheem Sterling

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2018 52:57

Hello and welcome to the seventeenth episode of the Football Media Podcast on the Team of John O'Sheas platform. I'm Jon Mackenzie and, across the course of the new season, I'm going to be bringing you a weekly podcast that seeks to open up the often-murky underworld of the football media. This week, I'm speaking to Jonathan Cable – Lecturer in Sport Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. In the course of our conversation, we discuss his experiences of working within academia, the trends that have emerged within the sports media industry over the last year, and the way that Raheem Sterling has been covered by news outlets during that time. If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your friends, subscribe, rate and review on iTunes in order to help us gain exposure and, if you are a social media person, follow us on Twitter @FootyMediaPod. We will be taking a week off over Christmas but we will be back the following week with more exciting guests. Have a great break!

Morons - Thank you for David!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2018 84:04

We're back and two became three. We're lucky to have David Cowlishaw on the podcast today, he of Stoke City's parish. Fun was had by all except for Dave but we covered some topics. * Stoke City * Who are the worst team that Nick has seen (May overlap with the previous section...) * It gets a bit hazy from here... * We talked about the Copa90 Copa Libertadores final * And encouraging reading amongst children(?) * Oh and we had a bit about the Borussia Dortmund free kick routine * Thanks for David!

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