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

Belgium at Euro 2016 - More Lame Donkeys Than Dark Horses

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2016 | (00:00)

The first few days of the European Championships have gone roughly to the odds. France, Germany and Spain all won (some in more nervy fashion than others), while England managed to stuff up one of their best performances in years - but still completely outplayed Russia.

In short, the...

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All Eyes on the Managers - Who Will Win the Game of Dugouts?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2016 | (00:00)

Slowly but surely, the world's best managerial talent is all being drawn towards the Premier League. For the first time in a long while - if ever - there's almost as much anticipation surrounding the battle between half a dozen different managers next season as there is around the players....

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Just How Important Is Saturday's FA Cup Final for Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2016 | (00:00)

Manchester United's Premier League season is (finally) over, and there's only the FA Cup standing between the entire world and finding out whether Louis van Gaal is getting the boot this summer. Jose Mourinho insists he doesn't know. Van Gaal says he's staying, but... well, he would. Ed Woodward is...

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Arsenal's Season - Disastrous or Merely Disappointing?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2016 | (00:00)

​If there's one word that largely sums up Arsenal's season, it's 'limp'. A second-string side getting bounced out of the Capital One Cup by a Championship side. Limp. Flopping out of the FA Cup against Watford at the quarter-final stage. Limp.

A Champions League campaign which saw them kneel...

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Zlatan's Big Summer Decision: Who Cares?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2016 | (00:00)

So, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the move. Or isn't. Or he's retiring. Or he's... going to be the Eiffel Tower, or something.

It's getting closer and closer to transfer silly season, and nobody does 'silly' better than Zlatan. His contract at Paris Saint-Germain ends this summer and, barring something...

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Liverpool Are a Club Torn Between Their Past and Their Future

(0) Comments | Posted 23 March 2016 | (23:00)

Some things in this world are impossible to ever fully understand. Love is one, laughter is another, and at the risk of turning this short list into an exercise in alliteration, Liverpool FC are a third.

Without delving too deep into the club's history, it's fair to say that...

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Leicester's Incredible Evolutions Will Make Them Worthy Title Winners

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2016 | (23:00)

​Trying to pin a label on this season's Leicester City team is like sticking a load of dead fish in your pockets and jumping into the sea to try and swim with wild dolphins. It's messy, it's embarrassing, and it's ultimately pointless because probably they'll have moved on by the...

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Arsenal Must Win the Premier League, for the Future of English Football

(2) Comments | Posted 10 March 2016 | (23:00)

English football seems to spend more time at various crossroads than Robert Johnson, but here we are again. Many paths lie open, not all of them good.

The last increase in TV money made clubs all over the country's top flight prick their ears up and start to look...

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The League Cup Joke Has Gone on Long Enough and It Needs Shutting Down

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2016 | (23:00)

The League Cup and FA Cup have long found themselves in conflict of some kind or other - competing for fan attention and relevance in an increasingly crowded footballing landscape.

The FA Cup - English football's nominal blue riband event - is the one under attack this season. Nobody...

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Are Arsenal Getting Ready to Throw Away Their Best Title Shot in Years?

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2016 | (23:00)

The Premier League returns this weekend after a break for the FA Cup, leaving the top of the table packed about as tightly as it has been at any point in the season. The phony war is over, and it's crunch time.

The top three in particular are fascinating....

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Has the Clock Ticked Past Midnight for Leicester's Cinderella Story?

(1) Comments | Posted 17 February 2016 | (23:00)

Time to jump once again, then, into this season's worst idea. Talking about Leicester City.

It's very easy to look like an idiot when talking about Leicester this season. I personally started quite well, nailing my flag to the Claudio Ranieri mast back in mid-August, but stumbled and fell...

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Manchester United's Jose Mourinho Dilemma Will Shape the Club's Future

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2016 | (23:00)

Picture the scene. Old Trafford, June. The wind blows an empty crisp packet across the hallowed turf as a lone figure emerges slowly from the tunnel. The stadium empty except for the man walking out to the centre circle to gaze around his new home. The Theatre of Dreams. The...

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Sir Alex Ferguson Deserves Blame for Manchester United's Poor Form

(5) Comments | Posted 27 January 2016 | (23:00)

Well, aren't Manchester United in quite a state? It's not quite a Chelsea-style fall from grace, but it's still been pretty spectacular to watch - if you can keep your eyes on a match for more than five minutes without nodding off.

It's tricky to know what's going on...

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Liverpool: Relegation Candidates in Waiting?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2016 | (23:00)

It seems pretty much mandatory now to pay lip service to the fact that it's been a bizarre, upside-down season in the Premier League​ before starting to make any kind of point, so here we go. Here's that. Leicester are doing well, Chelsea aren't, Spurs aren't being Spurs, and Aston...

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Spurious Prediction O'Clock: Chelsea Will Top the League at the End of 2016

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2016 | (23:00)

2016: The Year of Chelsea.

Get ready for it.

Look, it's the New Year, it's that time of year to make some wild predictions and spend the next 12 months trying desperately to justify them, before giving up and trying to hide them by the time it gets...

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Arsenal Being Title Favourites in December Is Ruining Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2015 | (23:00)

This has already been the most remarkable title race for years, but Monday night gave us possibly the most extraordinary development so far...

When on earth was the last time that Arsenal were title favourites at Christmas?

Frankly, it's just as unsettling as the unseasonably warm weather. You've been...

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Adebayor Working for Another Crack at English Football and He Deserves It

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2015 | (23:00)

It's been fairly easy to tell when there's a transfer window coming up over the last year or two - just keep an eye out for the slew of people crawling out of the woodwork to have a go at Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese striker should, by rights, be...

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Manchester City's Title Challenge Will Be Made or Broken Off the Field

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2015 | (09:40)

Is there something weird in the sports drinks that they're giving the big teams this season, or something? It's like they're all being fed Michael Jordan's 'Special Stuff' from Space Jam, but in reverse.

Manchester City, in particular, are suffering. Runaway title favourites at the start of the season,...

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Jamie Vardy and English Football's Acceptance of Racism

(12) Comments | Posted 2 December 2015 | (23:00)

Ah, what a weekend for British sport. A home-grown Premier League record breaker, signed for just £1million in this era of big-money foreign imports, plus a new English world heavyweight champion. Front and back pages plastered with their pictures.

You barely have to scratch the surface for the story...

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Is This the Worst Premier League Title Race in Years?

(2) Comments | Posted 25 November 2015 | (23:00)

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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