Familiar friendly faces

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Some familiar faces are back in Premier League management, a perfect topic to talk about for the latest All Out Football podcast as Claudio Ranieri is back in English football to take the reigns at Watford and at Crystal Palace, Patrick Vieira returns to Arsenal for the first time as a manager.

It has been a huge week for one football club too with Newcastle United now under new ownership. The face of Mike Ashley is now gone from Tyneside after 14 years but in new Saudi investment we have a new face in football. The Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is now the richest owner of a football club in the world, yet the ethics of PIF’s takeover is controversial. Anti LGBT and women’s rights, the Saudi government has caused hell on earth in Yemen and in Jamal Khashoggi, we have a Saudi Arabian journalist and fierce critic of the Saudi government assassinated at his own country’s consulate in Istanbul. Murdered by agents of the Saudi government, it is alleged that Mohammad Bin Salman ordered his assassination.

Is this really the ‘friendly’ face we want in football?

We do focus on the football, the future of Steve Bruce and what happens next with Newcastle supporter Alex Wood, freelance journalist and host of the Midlands Football Show

We also talk Wolves, under a new manager in Bruno Lage. Seven games into the new season, how has the Portuguese manager fared? Plenty of stats should be ripped up, but where could Wolves realistically finish this season?

I am also delighted to welcome Ollie Goodwin on the podcast. A Swansea City supporter but a familiar face as Ollie went to the same secondary school as me. Welcome to the pod guys and here’s to many more!