Graham Hunter meets Gordon Strachan

We have been obsessed with podcasts for years now. Serial, Criminal, Reply All, The Tim Ferriss Show, This American Life, WTF with Marc Maron, Nerdist, The Cycling Podcast, Kermode and Mayo’s Film Reviews. But here’s the big thing we’ve found out in the last month… podcasts may be great to listen to, but they are even better to produce.

This is how it works. The three of us – myself, Graham and Neil – have long conversations about interview subjects. Then, we have even longer production meetings – usually fuelled by enormous hunks of cake and pots of tea – about how to structure the interviews. Graham comes to these meetings with plenty of his own ideas, but he also asks: ‘What do you want to know?’ He doesn’t need to ask twice.

When we had settled on Gordon Strachan as our second podcast guest – which took as long as a Messi five-yard sprint – we put together a list of subjects we wanted to cover.

  • The Leeds United team that won the league in 1992; Strachan was into his thirties by the time Leeds – managed by Howard Wilkinson – lifted the trophy as the last winners of the old First Division. He was part of a four-man midfield which included David Barry, Gary McAllister and Gary Speed. What was the dynamic of the team? And what influence did Eric Cantona have?
  • Having managed in the top flight of English and Scottish football – and now a successful boss of the Scottish national team – we wanted his take on why we do not produce more technically gifted players.
  • Gordon was manager of Celtic in 2008 when they faced a Barcelona midfield composed of Yaya Toure, Xavi and Iniesta, plus Messi up front. We wanted a manager’s eye view on how he tried to stop arguably the greatest team of the modern era.

Gordon spoke at length on all these topics, plus lots more. If you don’t enjoy it then you probably don’t like football.

Martin Greig

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