Chris Deeley
Chris is a writer for, occasional liveblogger for Goal and cricket commentator when the mood strikes. He has had work featured by the Mail Online, Daily Mirror, Manchester Evening News and London24, and can often be found complaining about League Two results in a corner somewhere.

Entries by Chris Deeley

Is This the Worst Premier League Title Race in Years?

(2) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (00:00)

The Premier League's gone a little bit bonkers this season, hasn't it? Leicester at the top, defending champions Chelsea battling down around the relegation spots, an ex-Non League striker equalling a Premier League goalscoring record...

Elsewhere, Manchester United have reached the culmination of their rebranding, going from a beautifully...

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Leicester Have Been Fun... Now Watch Them Slide Down the Table

(10) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (00:00)

There's a 'surprise package' every season, isn't there? This time last season, Southampton were sitting in second and Newcastle were fifth. This time it's Leicester City and it's been an absolute blast. Goals flying in left, right and centre, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy suddenly turning into absolute world-beaters... it's...

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Fans Who Leave Games Early Need to Take a Long, Hard Look at Themselves

(2) Comments | Posted 13 November 2015 | (00:00)

Take a look at 'modern football'. Ticket prices are rising, more games than ever are going down to the wire...and more fans than ever seem to be leaving games before they've finished.

Even at Anfield, where the fierce atmosphere is one of the most famed in the country, Jurgen...

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Jose Mourinho Is Still the Man to Take Chelsea Back Up the Table

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2015 | (00:00)

It's not easy being Jose Mourinho. All you've got to do is go absolutely ballistic at one of your members of staff who's just doing their job, refuse to back down, have them leave the club, go on a massive run of bad form, perform some bizarre press conference rants...

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Fifa Presidential Candidates Paint a Bleak Future for Organisation's Future

(2) Comments | Posted 28 October 2015 | (17:55)

Eight will enter, only one will leave...

It's not Survivor, it's not X Factor, it's the Fifa elections. Of course. The final nominations are all in as of 11pm on Monday, and now the campaigning begins in earnest to become the man to replace Sepp Blatter at the head of...

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Wide-Open Relegation Battle Is a Symptom of the Premier League's Weakness

(0) Comments | Posted 17 October 2015 | (01:00)

Man, the Premier League's a bit rubbish.

Sorry Thierry Henry. Sorry, people in comment sections across the country. The 'Premier League greatness' thing has leaned heavily on the competitiveness more and more in recent seasons, but that's becoming like comparing a drunken 3am brawl in Newport to Mayweather/Pacquiao in...

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Time Running Out for Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2015 | (01:00)

Tim Sherwood's been, in a number of ways, quite lucky this season. But that luck's quickly running out.

Yes! You lucky people get another Tim Sherwood article and a long overdue one too, as everybody's favourite loud mouth manager's been out of the press a bit of late. That,...

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Manchester City: A Club in Crisis?

(3) Comments | Posted 3 October 2015 | (01:00)

Manchester City are doomed! In crisis! Going to finish the season trophyless! Their squad's as thin as a paper napkin soaked in acid! You know, just like how a fortnight ago they had one hand on the title, thanks to their brilliant squad depth and number of top-class options in...

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Liverpool Are Sliding Down the Table Again and Rodgers Should Pay the Price

(1) Comments | Posted 25 September 2015 | (01:00)

Oh dear, Liverpool. A season which started with cautious optimism has swiftly descended into #RodgersOut crowdfunding campaigns and Twitter rants and it looks like it's only getting worse as we move towards the end of September.

Liverpool are sat in 13th place in the table, haven't won for five...

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Emmanuel Adebayor Deserves Respect as a Troubled Premier League Great

(7) Comments | Posted 21 September 2015 | (01:00)

This Sunday, there was a quiet announcement that one of the Premier League's greatest strikers was being released from his club. There was no great fanfare, no real tributes and if anything, a sense of relief from fans of the club that he was gone.

In case you're a...

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A Rooney Masterclass Could Yet Inspire an England Win at Euro 2016

(3) Comments | Posted 11 September 2015 | (01:00)

This is one of those pieces that falls squarely into the 'bold prediction' category, with maybe a little bit of spillover into 'slightly bonkers prediction' land. That's why it's a 'could', not a 'will'.

That being said, this England team is a long way from the absolute disaster zone...

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Manchester City's Revival Makes Them Clear Premier League Favourites

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2015 | (01:00)

​A few months ago, a certain handsome, charming and funny writer (ahem) wrote a piece saying that Manchester City were a spent force, at least in their current guise.

The point was made that Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure, in particular, looked like they'd gone over the cliff and...

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The Tinkerman Is Dead, Long Live the Tinkerman

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2015 | (17:57)

When Nigel Pearson left Leicester City after his off-field antics became too much for the club to tolerate, fans were a little wary of who would be brought in to replace him. Various names were thrown around including, hilariously, Jurgen Klopp before Claudio Ranieri was appointed.

The sound around...

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Football Needs to Up Its Game on Head Injuries

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2015 | (01:00)

There have probably been enough opinion pieces written about Arsenal's 2-0 loss to West Ham that if you printed them out, they'd reach to the moon and knock that smug little American flag over.

But that's all been about Petr Cech, or Arsenal's hubris, or how Arsenal fans can't...

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Five Young Players Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2015/16

(1) Comments | Posted 1 August 2015 | (01:00)

There are sub-plots aplenty in the Premier League's upcoming season. Will Harry Kane repeat his incredible performance from last season? Will Chelsea be the first team to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009? Will Tim Sherwood's head fall off under the weight of his concentrated smugness?

Putting those...

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How Silly Season Got Sillier - Or Why Transfer Fees Are Bigger Than Ever

(1) Comments | Posted 25 July 2015 | (01:00)

Remember when a £20million transfer was a headline-making deal, rather than the norm? Unless you're a pretty young teenager, you probably do, which speaks to how quickly the transfer market has twisted and evolved in the last decade or so.

There's already been around £500million of spending by English...

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The Sterling Transfer Saga Was a Mess - But He Shouldn't Be Blamed

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (01:00)

After this, no more writing about Raheem Sterling except to report on his on-field performances, I promise. Well, maybe a little something if it's a quiet day and he gets a really stupid haircut or something, but absolutely no more on the most profoundly irritating transfer saga of the summer....

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Brilliant World Cup Is Just the Start for the Growth of Women's Football

(1) Comments | Posted 8 July 2015 | (10:37)

Last weekend saw the end of two tournaments, with a fair few similarities - and a couple of whopping big differences.

Both were held on the other side of the world, necessitating a lot of late nights to watch the action. Both frequently featured commentators who feel like a...

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Where Did Brazil Go Wrong? Charting a Footballing Fall From Grace

(1) Comments | Posted 4 July 2015 | (01:00)

They say that the bigger they are, the harder they fall and Brazil have been falling for a little while now. But what on earth has happened to the once-mighty footballing nation?

When Brazil crashed out of the 2015 Copa America on penalties against Paraguay, it barely registered as a...

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Southampton and Koeman Have the Steel to Make It Through a Tough Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (01:00)

Southampton had a pretty rough time last summer, losing a big handful of their best players. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers all moved on to 'big name' clubs, leaving the Saints facing doom, obscurity and even possible relegation, depending on who you listened to....

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