After a long summer, football is most definitely back, so what's the best way to celebrate? How about a new episode of The Home Room, Umbro's podcast exploring the world of football? Here it is - episode 3, which looks at the relationship between football and the media.
That's quite a broad topic, so to give you an idea of what to expect - we headed down to London earlier this week to speak to three experts in this field, who discussed a number of things including the effect that the internet and new digital channels have had on the world of football, how clubs should act towards fans and journalists and the value of a educated, informed opinion on the game. Our guests were:
- Tony Evans - now Football Editor of The Times, Tony once played trombone and trumpet with The Farm before becoming a journalist. Also author of a book on Liverpool called Far Foreign Land, away from his day job Tony tells us that his main interests are 'drinking beer and spreading scurrilous gossip.'
- Moz Dee - formally the managing editor of BBC 5Live and programme director of talkSPORT, Moz oversaw the restructure of the latter that saw it become the massive success it is today with audiences of over 3 million people. He is now the man behind CONTENTed Digital Media, a company that creates original sport content and who have worked with clubs such as Real Madrid.
- Greg Johnson - editor of The False Nine football blog, an analytical and satirical look at the world of football, Greg also writes for a number of other websites such as Drowned In Sound. Years ago Greg's MCFC-supporting dad made the mistake of taking him to Old Trafford, and the young man became a Manchester United fan from that day forward.
Head over to our Soundcloud page now to listen to the latest edition of The Home Room, and don't forget that you can add to the debate by tweeting us using the hashtag #TheHomeRoom - let us know what you think! The podcast will also be available on iTunes very soon. Thanks to Umbro's own Simon Ham, aka Phase 5 Stereo for the musical intro!