Up Front with Simon Jordan

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This is Up Front with Simon Jordan, a new podcast from William Hill which sees the broadcaster and former Premier League club owner test the biggest names in sport. Simon will ask the questions most interviewers shy away from and hold his guests opinions up to proper scrutiny. He will investigate how sporting challenge, achievement and experience have influenced athlete’s lives whilst imparting his own forthright views on a range of sports and topics. Expect some twists, robust debates and high-profile sportsmen and women being put under the spotlight in the company of Simon. How will they cope with a forensic examination of their views, career, successes and failures? This is Up Front, brought to you by William Hill. 18+ please gamble responsibly. read less

Our Editor's Take

The Up Front with Simon Jordan podcast delivers unfiltered conversations with sporting legends. Simon is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for football (called soccer in the US). He made history as the youngest owner of an English Football League club when he bought Crystal Palace FC at the age of 32. His father had always supported Crystal Palace, so Simon became a fan at a young age. Four years later, he made history again as the youngest owner of a Premier League football club.

Through his experience with Crystal Palace, Simon became a recognizable personality in football. Over the years, he has shared his honest opinions on radio and TV and written a newspaper column for the Daily Mail. This podcast is his way of directing the conversation and asking essential questions. Simon encourages Up Front with Simon Jordan listeners to expect the unexpected. He promises rare insights into different sports and total honesty throughout.

One episode discusses the idea that "Society would not accept a black Simon Jordan." Simon interviews former player, manager, and now respected pundit John Barnes. Together they discuss the lack of representation within England's football leagues. Why aren't there more black managers? John talks about how former manager Graham Taylor spoke out about racism and how this affected him. The high-energy interview starts with John sharing his story and how he got into the sport. It's only a short time before they enjoy a passionate debate about racial inequality in football.

Former goalie David James joins another episode. He discusses his career and how goalkeeping has changed over the years. David also talks about the criticism he received and how the media changed the narrative. Other podcast guests include boxing champion Carl Froch and darts icon James Wade.

Up Front with Simon Jordan features conversations and debates with insightful sports personalities. Simon is fearless in having honest discussions and debating challenging topics. It's a fun podcast for sports fans who want to hear more from the players behind the games. New episodes premiere weekly.

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