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Gus Poyet: The Road to Old Wembley

In the second half of my fascinating chat with Gus Poyet, we discuss his days playing in London for Chelsea and Spurs, and his love for the old Wembley Stadium. Gus also speaks about his transition into management, notably leading Sunderland to a League Cup final and missing out on signing defensive genius Virgil van Dijk.
I am certain you will enjoy this, one of the greatest Big Interviews we have done so far.

Gus Poyet: How to Jump Like Jordan

Gus Poyet is a prime example of how Uruguayans provide the never-say-die ingredient for many European clubs.
In the first half of our fascinating conversation, Gus speaks about the influence of basketball on his development, and about his annus mirabilis of 1995, when he won the Copa America and was an integral part of the Real Zaragoza side who defeated the mighty Arsenal in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final.
I am certain you will enjoy this, one of the greatest Big Interviews we have done so far.

Gaizka Mendieta: Soul Music

My interview with Gaizka Mendieta revealed a man whose devotion to artistry on the field of play is matched by his obsession with music. Gaizka describes his conversion to a total footballer at Valencia, his second life as a DJ, and scoring what should be considered one of the best – if not the best – goals of all time. Oh, and he also mentions meeting Lou Reed, the Johan Cruyff of music.
Gaizka, you are a class act.

Don Hutchison: From Howard’s Way to Walter’s Wrath

Hola! In the concluding part of our interview, Don Hutchison brings the trauma of a relegation dogfight vividly to life, and tells how survival caused a grown man to weep – this time the late, great Howard Kendall. Don also speaks about how the mind games of another Everton manager, Walter Smith, brought out the best in him. Enjoy.

Don Hutchison: The Wembley Wizard

Hola! I recently met with Don Hutchison, a miner’s son from Gateshead whose loyalties lay north of the border. In the first part of this fascinating interview, Don describes how his formative years playing in the local church hall led to a contract with Hartlepool and soon Liverpool. Don talks about his midfield heroes, including Jan Molby and Patrick Vieria, and how he played without fear and with 360-degree vision. The episodes ends with Don describing scoring the winner for Scotland against England at Wembley, a moment that reduced his tough father to tears. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.