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Every week, the official podcast of the EFL, presented by Mark Clemmit, features the biggest names, best action and reaction to all things in the English Football League.

Every week, the official podcast of the EFL, presented by Mark Clemmit, features the biggest names, best action and reaction to all things in the English Football League.


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Every week, the official podcast of the EFL, presented by Mark Clemmit, features the biggest names, best action and reaction to all things in the English Football League.






11: World Mental Health Day Special

As we shine a light on this week’s ‘world mental health day’, Mark Clemmit is joined by two men who have played football at the highest level, but have also suffered years of struggle and torment dealing with their own mental health issues. Darren Eadie and Chris Kirkland bravely discuss all they have been through, and offer advice to those who have struggled, or may still be battling their own demons. In an age where statistically it seems to be more and more common, especially amongst...


10: Clem Meets The Management!

As we find ourselves in the second International break of the season, it would seem a perfect time to get away from the weekly ups and downs of results and league table positions, and focus on the men who sit in the hot seat at 3 of our EFL clubs, in each of the 3 Skybet league divisions. On the panel this week are Swansea City's head coach Russell Martin, Rotherham United's long serving and highly experienced manager Paul Warne, and the man charged with getting Stevenage up the divisions,...


9: Charlie Austin on life at QPR, where it just feels right, and lifelong friends Paul Cook and John Coleman prepare to go head to head this weekend, as Accrington Stanley entertain Ipswich on Saturday!

One of the biggest names in the game, Charlie Austin joins Mark Clemmit to talk about his life and career, what he’s learnt along the way, and what he can bring back with him to QPR, the club that just seems to be a perfect fit, time and time again. Elsewhere, this weekend sees the only fixture that will ever put Paul Cook and John Coleman’s lifelong friendship on hold (until 5pm Saturday) as Paul’s Ipswich travel to John’s Accrington, and if it’s anything like as entertaining as Clem’s chat...


8: Blackburn’s Ben Brereton Diaz, on being the poster boy for Pepsi in Chile, and Clem and Copps fall out over ‘that incident!’

It must be very odd for a lad from Stoke on Trent to be suddenly representing your mum’s home nation of Chile, especially when you don’t speak Spanish, but that’s exactly what’s happened to Blackburn Rovers Ben Brereton Diaz in the last 12 months, who recently lined up against the likes of Messi and Neymar in the Copa America! A little closer to home, recently retired Doncaster Rovers legend, and now a key member of Richie Wellens coaching staff, James Coppinger gives Clem his expert...


7: Billy the Blade and his love for Bramall Lane, and Ian Evatt explains his vision for Bolton Wanderers and where he plans to take The Trotters.

Billy Sharp is Sheffield United through and through, and in his third spell with his boyhood club, the 35 year old goalscoring captain shows no sign of stopping any time soon, and is targeting another impressive haul this season and hopefully a new contract with the blades. Elsewhere, Clem catches up with Ian Evatt, who’s had a short but very impressive spell in management thus far. First with Barrow and now with Bolton Wanderers, who he picked up in Skybet League Two, has got them into...


6: Welcome home Troy Deeney, and Clem serves up a slice of punditry perfection, courtesy of Owen Coyle!

He spent 12 years at Vicarage Road, which is enough to cement and secure a very special place in Troy Deeney’s heart, but when his boyhood club came knocking, at the age of 33 he couldn’t possibly turn them down. Arguably the biggest story of the recent EFL transfer window, Mark Clemmit catches up with his old mate, to find out what it feels like to be finally coming home! And when it comes to unparalleled knowledge of players, management, stats and stories from one end of the pyramid to the...


5: A little look at the first 4 weeks, and a slice of Brazilian flair in The Potteries!

Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Covolan joined Port Vale this summer at the age of 30, after a 15 year journey through the lower leagues in his homeland, in Spain and in this country where his heroics for Torquay United in their playoff final in June, secured him a move away to Vale Park and a chance to play league football under Darrell Clarke. His is a remarkable story and serves as an inspiration to us all about the importance of keeping going in search of those goals and ambitions, even when...


4: We are in the kitchen with Mick McCarthy and off to league newcomers, Sutton United to catch up with Matt Gray.

This week Clem caught up with Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy to chat about his legendary career over pie & mash and as Sutton United prepare for their first ever league game, we caught up with their manager, Matt Gray to find out a bit more about the league's newcomers.


3: Rock n Roll at The Valley, and Rob and his high flying Rovers!

When we think of owners of football clubs, we don’t normally have an image of them with a Flying V electric guitar in hand rocking out in front of a full house, but that’s exactly what Charlton Athletic’s Danish owner Thomas Sandgaard was doing last weekend, ahead of their home game against Sheffield Wednesday at The Valley! He’s certainly one of the more interesting and colourful characters in the game, and Mark Clemmit catches up with him to find out how the last year has been and what his...


2: The hatters aren't mad but the shrimps are certainly jumping! It could only be the official EFL podcast.

This week, Mark Clemmit is joined by a bumper crop of guests representing all 3 divisions in the EFL. A very calm, focused and pragmatic Nathan Jones, explains his long term plans for Luton Town. Hartlepool United are back in the football league and manager Dave Challinor talks to Clem about life at The Victoria Ground, while battling one of the worst colds we've ever heard on the podcast, and in the middle of all of of that, what a week for Morecambe! An opening day 2-2 draw away at Portman...


1: The EFL 2021/2022 Season Preview

It’s the first day back for Mark Clemmit as he looks forward to a brand new season in the EFL. It’s been quite a year for many people, including Shrewsbury boss Steve Cotterill, who spent a large part of last season in hospital fighting Covid, and considers himself lucky to be on the road to recovery now thanks to the treatment he received from the NHS. Steve explains the living nightmare he went through, and how the whole experience has made him totally re-evaluate everything. Plus, it...


45: EFL Special Series Episode 4 - Legal and Governance at the EFL

In the final episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to the EFL’s Legal and Governance Director Nick Craig, who explains all the things we never knew about ownership criteria, the rules and regulations designed to create, maintain and protect fair competition, and the EFL’s overall role and responsibility as the league’s governing body.


44: EFL Special Series Episode 3 - A Sustainable Future

In the third episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch to reflect on the challenges faced by EFL Clubs over the past 16 months and to understand more about the EFL’s proposals for financial reform to provide sustainability for Clubs, who are the beating heart of communities across England and Wales. This episode was recorded remotely.


43: EFL Special Series Episode 2 - The Fixture Generator

In the second episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to Ben Wright, Chief Commercial Officer and Paul Snellgrove, Competitions Manager to learn more about how EFL fixtures are compiled and how that process links to the EFL’s broadcast and streaming arrangements following a year of football being played behind closed doors.


42: EFL Special Series Episode 1 - The Next Generation

In the first episode of this four-part mini-series looking at the inner workings and functions of The EFL, Mark Clemmit chats to Dave Wetherall, Head of Youth Development and Alex Richards, Head of Safeguarding to learn more about how the system works, and the responsibility that the EFL has to educate, protect and nurture the next generation of footballing talent.


41: The Best Of The Guests Part Two!

t’s the final episode of the official EFL podcast for the 2020/2021 season, and we thought we had to end with a best of! Now that everything has been concluded and the close season is upon us, Mark Clemmit takes a fond look back at some of the best interviews that we’ve been lucky enough to share with you over the last 9 months, so sit back, relax and enjoy, as Clem brings you the very best of the guests part two!


40: Season Review with Jobi McAnuff

Who better to join Mark Clemmit and cast an expert eye over this extraordinary season, than the former Wimbledon, West Ham, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Watford, Reading, Stevenage and Leyton Orient legend that is Jobi McAnuff! Jobi recently announced his retirement from professional football, and now looks forward to spending more time with his wife and kids and concentrating on life beyond a 20 year playing career. Clem and Jobi discuss his own personal achievements over the last two...


39: A professional playoffs preview with Prutts

Sometimes you don’t need to over complicate things. Simple ingredients and a simple recipe often create the best results, and that’s very much the case with this week’s official EFL podcast. 3 playoff finals, expertly previewed by 2 men in just under 1 hour. Like steak and chips or bread and butter, the joy is in its simplicity and youwon't find a better playoff preview than Clem and Prutts playing at the top of their game!


38: Three inspirational stories from three wise men, looking back on a season like no other!

With next week being our big preview of the playoff finals, Mark Clemmit this week sits down to have a frank and honest chat with 3 inspirational gentlemen representing each of the 3 divisions within the EFL. Exiting the championship with nothing but pride in himself and his players is Wycombe Wanderers extraordinary coach Gareth Ainsworth. Erik Samuelson talks about his own personal role in the return of Wimbledon to Plough Lane and what it will be like to finally have the fans back in, and...


37: Look back at an extraordinary season, a preview of the upcoming playoffs, and Kevin Ellison is here to talk about his own personal battle with depression and anxiety, as we reflect on Mental Health Awareness Week.

It’s been a season that none of us will ever forget and in the most challenging of circumstances, football in this country has pulled together and the achievements of the 72 EFL league clubs both on and off the pitch has been extraordinary. One of our regular pod pundits this season, Curtis Davies discusses all the key points with Mark Clemmit as the curtain comes down on the 2020/2021 season, and Newport County’s Kevin Ellison talks to Clem about the his own personal battles over the years,...