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Don’t Tell Me The Score podcast

The latest episode of the BBC podcast “Don’t Tell Me The Score” is available for you here now in BBC Sounds and it features former Bangor, Scunthorpe, Southampton, Reading, Sheffield United and Hull boss Nigel Adkins.

Hear about his uplifting
social media videos during the Covid-19
lockdown. His distinctive outlook has been dubbed “Adkinism” by
many fans of the clubs he’s managed, and topics including gratitude, positivity and
making the most of the day are discussed.

Other areas
covered are honesty, the benefit of mentors and role-models, satisfying
relationships, effective communication and developing a growth mindset in all
areas of life.

‘Every month costs Premier League over £100m’

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow was a guest on the Today programme this morning and he expressed his concerns over the continuing absence of fans because of coronavirus.

“Every month that we delay the return of fans is costing the Premier League over £100m and that has a profound impact on the economy of football,” he said.

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Phil McNulty’s Premier League predictions

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

It may be a little later and in unique circumstances but it is once again time to gaze into the crystal ball and make the annual Premier League predictions.

The new season starts just 48 days after the old one ended with Liverpool as champions for the first time in 30 years. Can manager Jurgen Klopp and his players repeat the feat?

This season’s prediction get-out clause is the fact much can happen in the remaining weeks of the transfer window – but as the clubs stand today, this is how I think they will finish.

You can read my predictions here.

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‘Clubs are in different situations’

BBC Radio 5 Live

One manager who has already had his say on the new season, is Jurgen Klopp.

Having delivered a first league title in 30 years at Liverpool a few months ago, he says the Reds are a “different club” to some rivals in the transfer window as they are “not owned by countries or oligarchs”.

The Premier League champions have only signed Kostas Tsimikas for £11.7m, while Chelsea have spent about £200m.

Klopp says “uncertainty” created by Covid-19 is “less important” for some.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Klopp said: “Clubs are in different situations and we are living in uncertainty in the world.”

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Video caption: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says there are different ways for team to improve.

The manager behind the myths

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is among six Premier League managers we are expecting to hear from today.

There’s plenty of excitement surrounding his arrival in the top-flight, and two of my colleagues have profiled the manager behind the myths – and what it’s really like to work with him…

You can read more here.

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Man Utd ‘kids’ loan plan

Some interesting comments from Manchester United Under-23 boss Neil Wood following last night’s 6-0 win at Salford City in the EFL Trophy.

On Tuesday, Dylan Levitt became the latest United youngster to leave – for a season-long loan at Charlton.

More are expected to further their footballing education away from Old Trafford, with midfielder James Garner and defender Max Taylor amongst those set to leave.

However, Wood says the process is not straightforward.

“The lads who were with us last
year will probably go on loan,” said Wood.

“But some factors stand in the way of that.
Sometimes the agents want to get involved, sometimes the player might not fancy
going. A lot of them have been in talks and we would probably have expected
some to go by now.

“At the moment, they are
still with us. There is a lot of interest but it is down to player decisions.”

Paper talk

But first, let’s take a look at some of the back pages you are waking up to this morning.

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