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Max Rushden has officially replaced Jimbo as the presenter of Football Weekly

The 2017/18 season of the Guardian’s beloved pod launched this afternoon.

Rushden: replaces Richardson as presenter.
Rushden: replaces Richardson as presenter.
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MAX RUSHDEN IS the new presenter of Football Weekly, podcast fans.

The 2017/18 season of the Guardian’s beloved pod launched this afternoon, just days after the surprising news that iconic host James ‘AC Jimbo’ Richardson and producer Ben ‘Producer Ben’ Green were leaving to start a rival programme.

Soccer AM host and celebrity golf enthusiast Rushden, who was a regular stand-in during Richardson’s time off, took over the presenter’s chair on Thursday where he was joined by pod regulars Barry Glendenning, Gregg Bakowski and Jonathan Wilson.

With news of Neymar’s imminent move to Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the agenda, Rushden and co took the opportunity to send their departing colleague on his way with one last gentle dig.

“We have to start with this question, gentlemen,” Rushden asked. “Why would someone at the most prestigious team in the world, loved by their fans, revered by their team-mates, on big money have their head turned by an inferior less-established team right before the start of the season?”

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