Chris Deeley
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Chris is a writer for http://www.ftbpro.com. He's had work featured on London 24, MSN, the Sunderland Echo and the Manchester Evening News. He's 22, a student at the University Of Hertfordshire, and a long-suffering Spurs fan.

Entries by Chris Deeley

Steven Gerrard's Ego Problem Is Threatening to Ruin His Legacy

(3) Comments | Posted 25 March 2015 | (17:10)

As tempting as it is to dive straight in with immediate reactions on an event as high-profile as Steven Gerrard's red card against Manchester United, sometimes it's best to leave it for a few days. Collect your thoughts. Look at the bigger picture.

Having done that, it's hard to...

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The Case for the Defence: How Liverpool Got Their Groove Back

(1) Comments | Posted 4 March 2015 | (23:00)

​There's something special about Liverpool as a club. They've got Anfield, history and heart. They're everyone's second team, unless you're an Everton fan. They play their football the 'Liverpool way' and woe betide anyone who tries to stop them.

Allegedly.

See, it's kind of hard to reconcile that...

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Looking at the Premier League's Real Contenders for the Top Four

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (23:00)

While Chelsea and Manchester City have been pretty much flying free at the top of the Premier League table this season, the battle for the minor placings has been more interesting than ever.

That's not necessarily because of an increase in quality - there are teams in Champions League...

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Make-or-Break Month Ahead for Pochettino and Spurs

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2015 | (23:00)

The run from February into March is never exactly a time to relax for any club and Spurs' campaign sits on a knife-edge as they prepare to face Arsenal, Liverpool and Fiorentina in quick succession. It'd be easy for Mauricio Pochettino and co to be a little nervous.

First up,...

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The Mario Balotelli Story: Comedy or Tragedy?

(2) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (23:00)

"I could write a book of 200 pages of my two years at Inter with Mario, but the book would not be a drama - it would be a comedy." - Jose Mourinho

The current Chelsea boss described his time with Balotelli in Serie A as a comedy story. Most...

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We All Contribute to the Destruction of Young English Talent

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2015 | (23:00)

You might have heard that there are a few decent young English strikers knocking around at the moment. Wait, no, scratch that. You've definitely heard that there are a few decent young English strikers knocking around at the moment. If you've somehow navigated a sports page to find this piece...

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Why It's Time to Finally Pop the Ballon d'Or

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2015 | (23:00)

Remember being back at school sports days? There's always some kid who wins everything, then gets an extra prize... for winning all of the other prizes. It's completely pointless, just an excuse to hand out another medal. That's the Ballon d'Or.

​In the last year, Cristiano Ronaldo has won...

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The FA Cup Is Being Killed Quietly - Time to Make a Change

(1) Comments | Posted 6 January 2015 | (23:00)

​Well, that was FA Cup Third Round weekend apparently. Cue disinterested shrugs. About as uninspiring a weekend of football as has graced the competition in memory - where was the spark? Where was the excitement? Where the hell, to borrow one of the most well-worn cliches in English football, was...

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Manchester United Will Return to the Top of the Tree in 2015

(2) Comments | Posted 31 December 2014 | (23:00)

It's been a rough old year for Manchester United, hasn't it? They've had three managers - maybe two and a half, but it feels like Ryan Giggs deserves a mention - failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in the Premier League era and apparently, were hit with...

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The Premier League Silly Season Is Over and the Cream Is Coming to the Top

(0) Comments | Posted 24 December 2014 | (23:00)

This season was good fun for a while, wasn't it? Aston Villa, Southampton and Swansea in the top four at the same time, Stoke winning away to Manchester City and Manchester United having Moyes flashbacks...

Unfortunately, the last month or so has dragged us back down to earth, a...

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Manchester City Are Improving Rapidly and Barcelona Should Hold No Fears for Them

(0) Comments | Posted 21 December 2014 | (23:00)

It's not always been pretty from Manchester City, but over the last month or so they've clawed their way back into contention in both the Premier League and Champions League and it looks like we might get to see Chelsea have to do some work after all.

Just a...

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An Open Letter to the Football Community

(3) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (10:02)

Another week, another race or sexism in football story. Or two. Or three. Is it getting worse, or are we just better at spotting and punishing it now?

Dave Whelan has barely stayed out of the headlines, first appointing a manager under investigation for racism before coming under official...

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Liverpool Are Floundering and Brendan Rodgers Is to Blame

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (23:00)

It was a shrewd move from Brendan Rodgers to go in front of the press last week and admit that he was aware of being the bookies' favourite for the sack. Possibly his smartest move of the season. It brought the inevitable conversation forward and forced a lot of fans...

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Newcastle's Resurgence Will Be Short-Lived and Alan Pardew Should Still Go

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2014 | (23:00)

Mike Ashley must be breathing several sighs of relief right now, with all the pressure on his under-fire manager Alan Pardew lifted after a run of five league wins in a row.

Any other manager would've been out on his ear after Newcastle's frequent dreadful runs, but not Pardew....

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FIFA Remains a Laughing Stock and So Is the Idea of a World Cup Boycott

(8) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (23:00)

Another week, another nail in the coffin of FIFA's credibility. At this point, the coffin must be more iron than wood. At a point when most organisations would give up and go through wholescale reform, Sepp Blatter and co have doubled down and hidden behind a document that even their...

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Tottenham Risk Becoming a Joke Club If Mauricio Pochettino Is Sacked

(3) Comments | Posted 13 November 2014 | (23:00)

Spurs are, once again, in flux going into an international break - just about on the brink of crisis, depending on who you listen to.

The club have gone through the same cycle in the last decade or so, going through a couple of managers in quick succession before...

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Chelsea's Premier League Dominance Shows English Football's Decline

(1) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (23:00)

The line from British commentators and reporters has long been the same - the Premier League is the best league in the world. By a mile. No debate. But even if that was once true, it's abundantly clear that it's now a delusion, a line repeated out of familiarity rather...

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How to Be a Modern Premier League Manager: A Guide

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2014 | (16:28)

In today's big-money, high-stakes footballing world, managers come and go from clubs almost as fast as Nicolas Anelka.

At the time of writing, 13 of the Premier League's 20 managers have been at their clubs for less than two years. When you expand that view to the entire Football...

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Why No Football Club Should Sign Ched Evans After His Release From Jail

(34) Comments | Posted 23 October 2014 | (17:22)

​If English football wants to maintain even the tiniest shred of moral high ground, then Ched Evans cannot come back into the professional game yet. And shame on the desperate club who'll inevitably try to sign him.

A little background first, in case you've been living under a rock...

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Raheem Sterling Is a Breath of Fresh Air in a Sea of Stubborn Fools

(2) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (00:00)

Poor Raheem Sterling. All he wanted was a night not starting in the first XI and he's bagged himself a nice media storm. England's darling is suddenly public enemy number one and all for showing some common sense. Welcome to the big time, Raheem.

In case you've been living under...

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