Exclusive Interviews

Welcome to our CoshCast exclusive interview page. Here you will find the results of our efforts to meet with notable footballing figures, and to bring you their interesting stories and views. You can  follow the regular weekly Coshcast episodes, as well as these special ones, by subscribing on iTunes.

February 2018: Tom Harrington

This week on the Coshcast, we’re joined by CBC’s Tom Harrington as we look back on the weekend’s Premier League action. Arsenal were wobbly at Wembley and got thrashed 1-0 as only Petr kept Spurs in check, it was the De Bruyne and Aguero show at the Etihad where City put five past a lackluster Leicester, and we’ll also chat about easy wins for Liverpool and Newcastle.

February 2018: Steven Caldwell

It’s the Coshcast! It’s been a weekend full of debate about decisions. Were they bad calls? Were they called well? All we know is that we’ve got Steven Caldwell on the pod and we couldn’t be happier about it.

We’ll ask him your questions as well as have a bit of Toronto FC discussion before we dive into the Premier League. It was a case of Bakayoko-oh no for Chelsea as they lost to Watford, Kane and Klopp both reached 100 at Anfield – goals for Harry, miles an hour down the touchline for Jurgen, and it’s Aub-mented reality for Arsenal as they battered Everton much like Phil Neville did his – never mind.

June 2017: Paul Beirne

A very special Coshcast as we welcomed Paul Beirne onto the pod to talk about the Canadian Premier League, Toronto FC & Canada’s role in the 2026 World Cup bid.

Amongst many other things, we were dying to know where CPL teams will spring up. London, Windsor, Saskatoon? All may or may not be revealed, soon. Listen:

February 2017: Steven Caldwell

An absolute cracker of a Coshcast for you, here. Bernie and Rishay weren’t around but Mohaned and Alex dipped into the transfer market and made a loan signing. Joining us to talk about Toronto FC, the Premier League and to answer your questions- former Premier League and MLS player, and Toronto’s favourite Scotsman, Steven Caldwell. Enjoy.

January 2016: Danny Dichio

On a cold January morning in Toronto, we visited Danny Dichio at Toronto FC’s Kia Training Ground and put him Under The Cosh on a plethora of topics including his move to North America, his work as a youth coach, Toronto FC and the Premier League. The FA Cup was also upon us that weekend and we got Danny’s predictions. Have a listen to see if you should place bets on his opinions next time out! Enjoy, and scroll down for some of his standout quotes.

July 2015: Richard Whittall

On July 30 we were privileged enough to speak with Richard Whittall. Richard is a Toronto-based football journalist who writes for the Guardian and New Yorker amongst others, and currently edits Paste magazine. We spoke to him about his two main areas of expertise, data analytics and football finance before moving on to cover Toronto FC and MLS as well as previewing the new English Premier League season and discussing which teams have done the best transfer business. Enjoy, and find Richard on Twitter @RWhittall or check out his website here.

April 2015: Paul Stalteri

On Saturday, April 18 Under The Cosh travelled to the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan to meet Paul Stalteri.

Stalteri, who retired in 2013, is Canada’s most-capped player, captained his country on 30 occasions, and was in the Canadian team that won the Gold Cup in 2000. In terms of his club career, he started locally with the Toronto Lynx before moving on to Werder Bremen, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

March 2015: Bruce Grobbelaar

Under The Cosh traveled to Ottawa to meet Liverpool legend, Bruce Grobbelaar. Bruce discussed his present situation as goalkeeping coach for Ottawa Fury F.C. as well as the good old days at Liverpool. We also coaxed him into discussing the current Liverpool side and Simon Mignolet especially. Enjoy!

Below is a video highlights reel of our sit down with Bruce:

Bruce on:

  • Coming to Ottawa: 0:38 –
  • Mignolet: 2:42 –
  • David James and coaching: 4:00 –
  • The army: 5:30
  • Early career: 6:36 –
  • UK work permit: 9:42 –
  • Initial struggles at Liverpool: 11:24 –
  • That wobble vs Roma: 13:24
  • More Mignolet: 20:50 –
  • Best current keepers: 24:30 –
  • Liverpool today: 25:30

May 2014: Sean Wheelock

We met up with CONCACAF football expert, Sean Wheelock, at Casino Rama in Ontario. He has commentated on soccer for FC Kansas City, has covered MLS since its inception, reports on the CONCACAF region for the BBC and is an occasional member of the panel on the BBC’s World Football Phone-In. We spoke to him about MLS, Toronto FC, the US national team and World Cup 2014.

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