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The Hard Truth - Inside the Football Industry with Darragh MacAnthony

The Hard Truth - Inside the Football Industry with Darragh MacAnthony

By Darragh MacAnthony
Having bought a professional football club Peterborough United aged 29 and been in the game for nearly 15 years Darragh shares his opinions on all things football as well as business discussion in this weekly podcast.

Brutally honest, direct opinion and insight of what happens behind the scenes, not in the public eye in the frantically busy and ever-changing world of football.

Hence the name of the podcast being “The Hard Truth”
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S2 EP8: Posh's Big Win, Bradford's Missing Link and Derby County
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Reflecting on a mixed week for Posh! - Is Phil the Bradford City jinx?! - Did Darragh agree with Mark Noble coming on for a penalty? - Reaction to Derby County in administration!  - How to approach a manager after a bad defeat! - and much more!
01:03:36
September 22, 2021
S2 EP7: Trust The Process!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Celebrating Emma Raducanu! - Reaction to Posh's 6-2 defeat to Sheffield United! - Gary Bowyer gets one over Bradford! - What is happening at Ipswich? - Do clubs make any money when they take a big away following? - and much more!
56:00
September 15, 2021
S2 EP6: It's Good To Be Home
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Darragh is back in the States! - Phil is back at his spiritual home, Valley Parade! - Reflecting on the Transfer Window - Does good PR help managers get jobs? - Is Darragh right to defend Mel Morris? - and much more!
58:21
September 8, 2021
S2 EP5: Transfer Deadline Special
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Darragh gives us the inside track on what happens on transfer deadline day - Posh lose to West Brom - Phil bemoans Bradford's defeat at Leyton Orient - Why Darragh thinks Man United brought Ronaldo back - Should potential football club owners need a licence?  - and much more!
59:30
August 31, 2021
S2 EP4: Football's a Beautiful Game
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Phil is happy with Bradford's start to the season! - Posh lose but Darragh says 'trust the process'! - Darragh isn't finished in the transfer market! - Liverpool, Arsenal, Harry Kane and more Premier League reaction! - Which were Darragh's best transfer deals? - and much more!
56:23
August 25, 2021
S2 EP3: Late Late Drama
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢  On this week's episode...  - Posh beat 'Wayne Rooney's Derby'! - Bradford also win late on at their first match back at home with fans! - Premier League opening day reaction - Which teams impressed Darragh in the EFL? - Appointing back room staff for the Championship! - and much more!
58:36
August 18, 2021
S2 EP2: Darragh, Phil and Special Guest Ryan Sparks!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢  On this week's episode...  - Bradford City CEO Ryan Sparks talks about a new era at the club  - Darragh looks back at a miserable opening day for Posh!  - What attracted Bradford to Derek Adams?  - Is Harry Kane right to dig his heels in?  - Looking ahead to the new Premier League season!  - and much more!
01:05:51
August 11, 2021
S2 EP1: Football is back!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢  On this week's episode...  Football is back!  Darragh looks ahead to Championship football with Posh!  Pre-season as a football club owner! EFL predictions!  Is this the season Bradford escape League 2?  Differences in earnings between the leagues!  and much more!
01:01:36
August 4, 2021
EP54: The Season Finale
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... Contracts, targeting players and preparing for the Championship Would Derek Adams be the right man for Bradford? Ivan Toney is in the Premier League Why Darragh is glad that Posh are out of League 1 next season! Which teams have surprised Darragh this year? How Darragh knew Jonson Clarke-Harris would be a star! and much more!
55:17
June 2, 2021
EP53: Posh end on a high, Bradford sack their managers and Derby County face repercussions
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... Posh end the season on a high Why you should persevere with your formation Bradford have hit the reset button... what next? Which manager does Darragh think will get Bradford out of League 2? Why Derby should not be relegated this season! Will we ever see women managers in the EFL? and much more!
55:34
May 12, 2021
EP52: We Are Going Up!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... The Posh are going up! Darragh looks back on a crazy week! That penalty against Lincoln! What needs to be planned for The Championship? What is Darragh looking forward to the most about The Championship? Away from Posh, what does he think of the Manchester United protests? and much more!
41:08
May 5, 2021
EP50: The European Super League
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Posh push towards promotion - Bradford stutter in the hunt for a Play-Off spot - The European Super League is announced - What does the ESL mean for the rest of football? - Mourinho sacked from Spurs - Should Tottenham fans praise Daniel Levy? - What happens to match streaming next season? - and much more! Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
49:57
April 21, 2021
EP49: Algorithms and Permutations
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - The season is coming to an exciting end for Posh and Bradford - Grimsby player attacks a teammate  - What is the emergency loan system? - How far can Leeds United go? - De Bruyne signs contract without an agent - Is it worth Newcastle fans buying into the club? - Takeovers at Ipswich and Derby - Why change manager at this stage of the season? - Racism on social media towards footballers - and much more! Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
43:25
April 14, 2021
EP48: Easter Results, Vaccine Passports, Agent Fees and more!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Peterborough still in 2nd place after the Easter weekend - Bradford creep closer to the Play-Offs - Should fans need a vaccine passport to enter stadiums? - Crazy results are back in the Premier League - Everton have the green light to move into a new stadium - The Championship receive MetLife loan - Agent fees... what do they mean? - What does a Director of Football do? - and much more! Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
43:37
April 7, 2021
EP47: Seven Heaven
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Peterborough hit seven against Accrington - Bradford are back to winning ways - Salford replace Richie Wellens with Gary Bowyer - Should clubs only be allowed 2 managers a season? - What now for the Republic of Ireland national team? - Players making political statements - What happens to Posh's London Road stand if they're promoted? - Who should Celtic hire as their next manager? - and much more! Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
34:07
March 31, 2021
EP46: Reacting to Setbacks
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Reacting to bad results - Peterborough season tickets - League 1 managerial changes - New investment for FSG - Manchester United's new shirt sponsor - Manchester City remove seats for new advertising boards - Sunderland - Manager and player release clauses. - and much more! Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
39:37
March 24, 2021
EP45: Some Things Should Stay Behind Closed Doors
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Returning home - Chris Wilder - A couple of bad results - The Glazers - Yo-Yo Clubs - Playing the kids - Should Palace stick with Hodgson? - Injuries and insurance - And much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
38:47
March 17, 2021
EP44: Darren Moore, Marcus Evans, FAI, and More...!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Watching live sport - Manager merry-go-round - Marcus Evans selling up - £3.5M losses for Posh - Rangers & Stevie G - Advice for the FAI - Chairman in the dugout - and much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
52:45
March 10, 2021
EP43: [Business Podcast] Bouncing Back from ROCK BOTTOM
The Hard Truth Business Community launches this week, and to celebrate, we are sharing Episode 1 of The Hard Truth Business Podcast, the weekly podcast for members of the community. In Episode 1, Darragh MacAnthony and Philip Ideson discuss how you can bounce back from rock bottom in your business or your career, and share stories and lessons learned from their own entrepreneurial journeys.   For more information on how to join The Hard Truth Business Community, go to https://hardtruthbusiness.com.
53:21
March 3, 2021
EP42: The Roadmap
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - League tables - Bradford's play-off push? - COVID keepers - Making friends and influencing people - Thierry Henry / Jonathan Woodgate - EFL government loan - Reopening roadmap - Offering new contracts - Ivan Toney - Ryan Lowe - Subbing the sub - and much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
48:21
February 24, 2021
EP41: Salary Cap, Ryan Sparks Interview, and Much More!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and co-host Philip Ideson are joined by Bradford City CEO Ryan Sparks to give insights on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Jürgen Klopp - Up and coming Managers - Taking a knee - Bradford City CEO Ryan Sparks - First 80 days in office - Removal of the salary cap - Fixture pile-up - 4G pitches - Recruitment policy - Placing players on furlough - Communicating with fans - Season plans - and much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
01:26:13
February 17, 2021
EP40: A Deep Dive into the Finances of an EFL Club (Part 2)
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - GOAT's - FSG & The End of an Era at Liverpool? - Transparency in reporting club financials - Appropriate debt loads - Sources of finance for football clubs - Investment tradeoffs - Valuing a football club - 2021/22 season tickets - Ground ownership - Using a Director of Football - and much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102 Follow Phil at @pideson Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod Facebook at /hardtruthpod Instagram at @hardtruthpod
41:05
February 10, 2021
EP39: The January Transfer Window
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Recovering from a poor performance - (Lack of) transfer window dealings - An abundance of number 10s - Jose has a point to prove - Player fines - Players catching COVID - Messi's contract - Marcus Maddison's career - Undisclosed fees - and much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102  Follow Phil at @pideson  Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com  We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod  Facebook at /hardtruthpod  Instagram at @hardtruthpod 
49:18
February 3, 2021
EP38: The Good, Bad & Ugly of Agents, Billion Dollar Leeds, Lampard, and More!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - A bad week for Liverpool - Newcastle heading for relegation? - Frank Lampard not good enough - Mick McCarthy back - What makes a good (and bad) agent - Leeds 49ers - Pitch angst - Scouting Australian football - L1/L2 TV exposure - Jim Gannon sacking - The Birmingham City situation - and much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102  Follow Phil at @pideson  Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com  We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content. Twitter @hardtruthpod  Facebook at /hardtruthpod  Instagram at @hardtruthpod 
56:24
January 27, 2021
EP37: Back Up Keepers, Goal Celebrations, Becoming a Scout, and Much More!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Man City for the title? - Siriki Dembele transfer request update - Bradford City's transfer business - Goal celebrations and virtue signaling  - Wayne Rooney - Max Watters from Free to £1M in 3 months - Wigan's struggles to find a buyer - The cost of sacking a manager  - and much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102  Follow Phil at @pideson  Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com  We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content, Twitter @hardtruthpod  Facebook at /hardtruthpod  Instagram at @hardtruthpod 
57:02
January 20, 2021
EP36: Accrington, Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday, and More!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Refereeing performances - Can Accrington maintain their run into the playoffs? - Is the FA Cup being devalued? - Why do most transfer window deals get done close to the deadline.  - The financing behind Burnley's purchase - The US political situation - Sheffield Wednesday hiring and firing Tony Pulis  - VAR - and much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102  Follow Phil at @pideson  Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com  We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content, Twitter @hardtruthpod  Facebook at /hardtruthpod  Instagram at @hardtruthpod 
55:05
January 13, 2021
EP35: Transfer Requests, Circuit Breakers, and much more
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - Responding to a transfer request - Lockdowns and circuit breakers - Preparing for the January transfer window - The economics of selling a 13-year-old. - Jack Byrne - Promotion and relegation in the MLS - and much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102  Follow Phil at @pideson  Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com  We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content, Twitter @hardtruthpod  Facebook at /hardtruthpod  Instagram at @hardtruthpod 
51:05
January 6, 2021
EP34: [Bonus] Firing Up the Points Per Game Calculator...
We weren't going to record this week, but with Darragh missing his football due to Peterborough United's COVID shutdown, Phil willing to talk to anyone who will listen about Bradford City's turnaround in form, and a local sports journalist in need of some stories to fill the back pages, we fired up Zoom and hit the record button! Topics of conversation this week included: The latest on Peterborough's forced COVID shutdown Calculating PPG again! The new manager bounce Darragh's perspective on giving a caretaker manager the permanent job Getting ready for January recruitment The state of play in the Premier League And much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102  Follow Phil at @pideson  Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com  We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content, Twitter @hardtruthpod  Facebook at /hardtruthpod  Instagram at @hardtruthpod 
36:22
December 30, 2020
EP33: A Deep Dive into the Finances of an EFL Club (Part 1)
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this week's episode... - COVID outbreak at Peterborough - From Tier 2 to Tier 4 - Bantams start winning - Liverpool's title to lose - Deep dive into the typical income and expenditure of an EFL club - Plus much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102  Follow Phil at @pideson  Send any questions you want to be answered to the guys via email: contact@hardtruthfootball.com  We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content, Twitter @hardtruthpod  Facebook at /hardtruthpod  Instagram at @hardtruthpod 
01:08:45
December 23, 2020
EP32: You're Fired!
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson give insight on the "Hard Truths" behind the football industry via this weekly podcast 🎙️⚽🏢 On this weeks episode... Great to have fans back + insight on all the safety measures, "hoops to jump through" How to deal with young footballers Academy sides playing "real football" in the EFL Trophy Sackings at Barrow and Bradford Showing confidence, play the game  Appointment of Trevor Birch as CEO of the EFL. A nice tribute and RIP to former Liverpool manager Gerrard Houllier Epic rant from Darragh! Frustration of the latest tier changes, businesses being decimated and YOU choose whether you’re #teamapocalypse or #teamrealist 🤔 Celtic and the current toxicity between fans and Neil Lennon Insight into sacking and replacing the manager. Also reviewing PUFC dismissals under Darragh Pitch state at Peterborough and sorting that Loyalty and the grass isn’t always greener on the other sides Plus much more... Follow Darragh at @DMAC102  Follow Phil at @pideson  Send any questions you want answered into the guys via @contact@hardtruthfootball.com  We’re always grateful for feedback so feel free to post a review via your podcast provider and also follow us via our other media platforms to comment on and also share our content,  Twitter @hardtruthpod  Facebook at /hardtruthpod  Instagram at @hardtruthpod  5HCy9552t6uqalWQwCAx
56:48
December 16, 2020
EP31: Bailout, New Overseas Signing Rules, Scouting Setups & Much More...
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: Loss of form Can Sheffield United turn things around? What is going on at Arsenal? The bailout has been agreed, but is it enough? The impact of new overseas player transfer rules Academies Jack Marriott Typical scouting setups  and much more...
52:39
December 9, 2020
EP30: Out of the Cup, Fans are Back, & Much More...
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: Barry Fry's COVID Recovery Back in Dubai Losing to Chorley Fixture congestion Phil Parkinson out Manager clauses Advice for aspiring coaches and much more...
58:06
December 2, 2020
EP29: Greg Clarke & The FA, MPs Debate, Manager of the Month, & Much More...
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Manager of the month - Greg Clarke and the FA - Why is it harder to manage in the Championship than League 2. - John Sheridan and Nigel Clough getting new jobs - EFL bailout latest - Buying Nathan Thompson - Mental health - and much more... To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
56:12
November 18, 2020
EP28: Player Medicals, FA Cup Wins, Manager Short Lists, Elections, & More...
Peterborough United Co-owner and Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry while providing insights on how to succeed in business. To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
53:54
November 11, 2020
EP27: Top of the League, Managing the Manager, Lockdown, and More...
Peterborough United Co-owner and Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry while providing insights on how to succeed in business.  To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
57:06
November 4, 2020
EP26: "There's No Big Money TV Deals in Football Without the Big 6"
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Thoughts on the Premier League table - Peterborough United's start to the season - Is behind closed doors diminishing home advantage? - Why football needs the Big 6 - Sporting GOATs - Co-ownership considerations - Is there ever a right time to start a business? - and much more... To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
01:05:19
October 28, 2020
EP25: Are All Football Clubs for Sale?
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Trouble for Liverpool - Keeping tabs on Ivan Toney - Rejected proposals - Private equity investing in the EFL? - Free agents - International breaks - How do you value a football club? - and much more... To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
01:02:47
October 21, 2020
EP24: Project Big Picture
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Football in the community - Salford City - Project Big Picture - The impact of promotion to the Championship - Women's football - Almost buying Orlando City - and much more... To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
51:56
October 14, 2020
EP23: Deadline Day Realities
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Crazy results - Ollie Watkins - Bury AFC - Coming together to get fans back - Doing business on deadline day - Agent fees - Republic of Ireland - Pitching business ideas - and much more... To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
01:01:38
October 7, 2020
EP22: "Football Needs Help"
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - COVID testing saga - Fans out for up to 6 more months - Funding football over the rest of the season - Cancelling games - Sacking managers - and much, much more... To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
58:44
September 30, 2020
EP21: Injury Time, Taking a Knee, and Much More...
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Winning in injury time - Verbals and making up with Joey Barton - Macclesfield Town's debts - QPR and taking a knee - Can managers also be controversial pundits? - The first meeting with a transfer target - Advice on preparing for the next 12-24 months. - and much, much more... To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
01:16:31
September 23, 2020
EP20: "F*ck Football"
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Posh players test positive for COVID-19 - Why players need to create their own bubble - Boris Johnson's rule of 6 - Sammy Szmodics signs! - Financing big transfers - Players speaking out about their club's transfer policy - and much, much more... To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
57:28
September 16, 2020
EP19: Fans Forum Special - 20/21 Season Preview
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Behind closed doors stadium protocols - Twitter trolls are back - Clock ticking for unattached players - Special fans forum: we speak with supporters of Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, AFC Wimbledon, Rochdale, Ipswich Town, Preston North End, and Leeds United to look ahead to their 20/21 seasons. To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
01:16:47
September 9, 2020
EP18: Big Transfers! / Posh Supporters Forum
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Sold! The inside story on Ivan Toney's big-money transfer to Brentford - Bought! Jonson Clarke-Harris returns to Peterborough - Considerations when setting season ticket prices - Stopping players from leaving against the Manager's wishes - The motivations of silent owners - A special look ahead to the new season with 4 Peterborough United supporters in a new fans forum section of the pod. To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
01:09:01
September 2, 2020
EP17: Inside the Loan Market
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - Fixtures are out! - Finishing up pre-season - iFollow - Transfer window updates - Giving players 3-year deals - Loan market deep dive To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
59:33
August 26, 2020
EP16: "Hold My Beer"
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: - EFL bailout (or not) - FA Cup prize money - Negotiating transfer fees - COVID cases in Scotland - Training camp - Is hiring from within the cheap option? - Lessons learned in business and football To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
51:14
August 19, 2020
EP15: "It'll stop football clubs going out of business"
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: Ivan Toney transfer latest Deep dive on all the salary cap rules Scouting a player Strange requests in player contracts Chairmen and dressing rooms Competition winner To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
46:51
August 12, 2020
EP14: "That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles"
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: In quarantine Points deductions The science of buying non-league players Player power Pragmatic football 10-game tickets Pre-season streaming 2020/21 season ticket winner PLUS details of our new competition where you can win £500 in cash! To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com.  To listen to our back catalog, go to www.hardtruthfootball.com.
58:35
August 5, 2020
EP13: Transfer Silly Season
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry. On this week's episode: The football season climax. Is the fit and proper test fit and proper? Valuing a player when in transfer talks. What makes a football club attractive to invest in? Moving on to 2020/21. Posh's transfer targets. PLUS details of our new competition where you can win a 20/21 season ticket to the English team of your choice.  To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com
59:53
July 29, 2020
EP12: The Salary Cap
Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and long-suffering Bradford City supporter Philip Ideson shine a light on the hard truths behind the football industry.  On this week's episode: Evolving the podcast. The salary cap - the latest proposals, and what they would mean for League 1 and League 2 teams. Getting back to training and looking forward to football again. Planning for getting supporters back in the stadium. Darragh's League 1 19/20 team of the year. The impact of Coronavirus on Peterborough United's new stadium plans. To submit a question for a future pod, email contact@hardtruthfootball.com
01:01:13
July 22, 2020
Episode 11 - Football Purgatory
In this Episode El Presidente covers Life, Football, Politics and 2021 Targets. 
58:41
July 4, 2020
Episode 10 - The Final Vote
In Episode 10 i discuss the upcoming EFL Vote on finishing the League 1 Season Life for Posh after the Vote Changes Needed in the EFL Normality for all us is coming  Life in Florida at the Moment 
49:51
June 5, 2020
Episode 9 - The Fat lady is clearing her Throat
My thoughts on events of the last 10 day regarding EFL meetings, upcoming vote & the future of Football. 
54:59
May 22, 2020
Episode 8 - Losing my Mind
Bumper episode this week as I speak to Barry Fry & also the Editor in Chief of the Athletic UK on all things football & of course the Coronavirus. We discuss the constant news article around Voiding or cancelling the football Season & what comes next! 
01:05:03
May 8, 2020
Episode 7 - Life is full of Risks & Always has been
My personal feelings re Coronavirus & choice we have to make going forward  Players now worried about their Safety if asked to play  Lockdowns need to finish  If Football doesn't come back; what next? 
46:24
May 1, 2020
Episode 6 - Price of Voiding Football Season/Football Bail Out/Dwight Gayle Transfer Story
In this Episode i discuss the REAL price of voiding the season & blow up the nonsense theory its right thing to do financially. I discuss my chat with the EFL Chairman Rick, Bailing out football clubs, Dwight Gayle Transfer back in the day and much more. 
51:35
April 24, 2020
Episode 5 - PFA/EFL Wage Deferral talks/Football Is coming Back/Warning to Owners with Agenda's/Interview with an EFL Manager/Lee Tomlin Story
In Episode 5 I discuss the following issues: PFA/EFL Wage Deferrals EFL Resuming the Season Other Football Club Owners with Different Agenda's 18 Min Interview with an EFL League 1 Manager Tell a Story involving Lee Tomlin's failed transfer to Celtic 
53:29
April 17, 2020
Episode 4 - Football Saving Itself/Finishing Our Season/New Season Goals
In this Episode i discuss my ideas on how we save EFL football clubs & come through this pandemic financially stronger long term. Finishing the current campaign with goals for when the following season starts. Life during this Virus for all of us and better times ahead. 
37:19
April 10, 2020
Episode 3 - Football Family Issues/Solutions are on the way/Mental Health
In this episode i discuss Mental Health in todays world with this ongoing crisis touching everyone of us. I discuss the PFA/EFL/PREMIER League statement today. Player Wage deferrals, solutions to the impending financial crisis about to hit football hard. Time at home with the Family, Netflix Sunderland documentary & much more! 
35:15
April 3, 2020
Episode 2 - Non League football voided - WTF & Player Wage deferrals may well be coming & Life once this Coronavirus is beaten
In this episode i cover the FA'S decision to void Non league football today, Women's football voided, Player wage Deferrals, EFL/Premier League financial package ideas to help the 72 EFL clubs, Life during Coronavirus, Rules of Isolation & idiots who don't follow them, Sports behind closed doors if necessary, What are we doing during this time of isolation, Life after the Coronavirus is defeated & life in general!
32:32
March 26, 2020
Episode 1 - Football World coming through this current Coronavirus Pandemic
With no football until potentially May; many clubs will be in danger of administration & in serious financial peril. In this episode i give the hard truth regarding this & my opinions on what the football authorities have to do to ensure our survival long term. I talk about my personal hate for the 'voiding this season topic' & why its fundamentally imperative we finish the current season. 
29:21
March 19, 2020