The 72 Show - Episode 2.8 (with Matt Hamshaw)
Anthony Kendrick and Nick Davie are joined by former midfielder and current Rotherham youth academy boss Matt Hamshaw.
Nick asks Matt about his playing career, covering his beginnings at Sheffield Wednesday and playing at Hillsborough to the end of his career where he joined Matlock Town. Nick also asks about his time at Mansfield Town and Notts County. We then move on to his current role at Championship side Rotherham. We discuss their season and the recent appointment of Kenny Jackett, and can the side survive? They are currently bottom of the Championship.
We then review the Checkatrade trophy. This season has controversially allowed U23 Category 1 Academies to take part. This has lead to what some argue is valuable experience for the young players, but some of the attaendances have been poor. 16 matches in the final round of games had less than 1000 in attendance. There has also been talk that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in joining next season, if their schedules allow it.
We then review the big stories from the football league. There was no Championship football due to the International Break, but two big stories have come out. Ian Holloway has left Sky Sports to become the new QPR Manager, and Jonjo Shelvey has a potential five game ban for allegedly racialy abusing Wolves's Romain Siass.
We discuss just how tight both Leagues One and Two are. In League One, Charlton boss Russell Slade has been sacked following a 3-0 loss to lowly Swindon who move out of the League One relegation zone. We discuss Shrewsbury's 2-0 win over Oxford United which prompted Michael Appleton to say that his club are in a relegation dogfight. Chesterfield remain bottom of the table with their seventh straight loss, ending 4-1 to Sheffield United.
In League Two, Blackpool beat Notts County 4-0. John Sheridan described his side's performance as totally inept and incapable of beating a pub team. We wish Barnet manager Martin Allen well with his heart surgery which will keep him away over the next week, but before that he saw his side play out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Grimsby Town. Carlisle also received their first loss of the season to bottom side Newport, which sees Plymouth open up a seven point lead at the top.
We finish the show by mentioning the October Awards. In the Championship, Rafael Benitez won the Managerial Award and Fulham's Sone Aluko the player award. In League One, it was Bolton pair Phil Parkinson and Zach Clough and in League Two, Keith Curle and Jason Kennedy of Carlisle. Both Bolton and Carlisle had perfect records in October.