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

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

(4) Comments | Posted 28 January 2016 | (00:00)

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 21 January 2016 | (00:00)

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 8 January 2016 | (00:00)

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 23 December 2015 | (00:00)

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 17 December 2015 | (00:00)

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 | (10:40)

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

(10) Comments | Posted 3 December 2015 | (00:00)

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 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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