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

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

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2014 | (00:00)

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 24 November 2014 | (00:00)

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 14 November 2014 | (00:00)

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 6 November 2014 | (00:00)

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 | (17:28)

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 | (18:22)

​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 | (01:00)

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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Has Louis van Gaal Turned Manchester United Into Title Dark Horses?

(3) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (01:00)

In a way, Louis van Gaal has a lot to thank David Moyes for. If it weren't for the Scot lowering the bar like a particularly enthusiastic assistant at a limbo dancing competition, Van Gaal would've been under much heavier fire for his side's dreadful opening month of the season.

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Why It's Time to Ditch Wayne Rooney - Manchester United's Ticking Time Bomb

(1) Comments | Posted 3 October 2014 | (01:00)

Manchester United have a problem. A 28-year-old, 5'10 problem. And Louis van Gaal made him captain.

It seemed to make sense at the time. He's been at the club for 10 years, has the kind of temperament that many people believe makes him a leader and, well, there was nobody...

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Why Liverpool Don't Stand a Chance of Finishing in the Top Four This Season

(4) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (01:00)

It's been an unpredictable start to the Premier League season all round, but that's true of Liverpool more than most. A solid opening day win followed by a toothless performance against Man City. The trashing of Spurs, followed by defeats to Aston Villa and West Ham.

They now lie in...

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Are Everton All Hype and No Substance?

(16) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (01:00)

The talk at the start of the season was that Everton had done the best summer business they possibly could have done - possibly the smartest in the league. They were, it was said, serious top four contenders and they'd trouble the best sides over and over again.

After three...

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Malky Mackay Response Shows Up Football's Glaring Equality Issues Once Again

(2) Comments | Posted 26 August 2014 | (17:01)

Discrimination in sport is an uncomfortable topic for many. When it makes the news - like it has recently, with Iain Moody and Malky Mackay's texts - there will be a general murmuring that yes, discrimination is bad and it should stop.

And then?

Everyone forgets and goes back to...

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The Winners and Losers From the Premier League Pre-Season

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (16:21)

The season is almost here, close enough to almost smell the overpriced half-time chips and pies. Close enough to almost hear the groans that greet the first miss of the season and the cheers that greet the first goal.

It's been an eventful wait since the World Cup, with no...

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The Myth of the Meaningful Pre-Season

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2014 | (17:24)

This pre-season has been fun. Manchester United gave Liverpool a sound 3-1 beating to allow their fans to hark back to a time when they used to win silverware, a 'nerveless' Manchester City made a massive mess of a penalty shootout and one of the standout individual performances came from...

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The Meteoric Rise and Astounding Fall of Fernando Torres

(0) Comments | Posted 1 August 2014 | (01:00)

Fernando Torres - World class striker. Fernando Torres - Deadly finisher. Fernando Torres - 30 goals a season player.

Remember that? It's been a while, but for Torres it must feel like a lifetime.

The long and eventful story of his career took another turn recently and it's hard not...

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Why Liverpool Will Struggle to Replicate Last Season's Success

(1) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (01:00)

An astounding number of fans, of Liverpool or other clubs, have been saying that this season's Premier League title is Liverpool's to lose.

It's a bizarrely popular idea and one that should probably be snuffed out before it goes any further. The first - and most obvious - reason against...

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Why Lionel Messi Deserved to Win the World Cup's Golden Ball

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (13:58)

Poor Lionel Messi, he didn't have the best day of his life at the Maracana. His team lost the final in extra time, he failed to produce the moment of magic that many have come to expect from him and then he had to trudge up the stairs to the...

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African Teams at the World Cup: "Plucky Underdogs" No More

(1) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (12:49)

This World Cup was the first in the history of the competition that more than one African side made it through to the knockout round and yet there's still a slightly unfair feeling in some parts that the teams from the CAF region have underperformed.

If it seems odd to...

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Why Luis Suarez Is the Latest Victim of Football's Moral Hypocrisy

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (10:19)

The reaction to Luis Suarez's bite on Giorgio Chiellini has been, on the whole, fairly startling. Here's a couple of choice quotes:

"Why not give him a complete ban from international football for the rest of his life?"

"If you ever do this again, you must be banned - for...

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How Vicente Del Bosque's Spain Fell From Grace So Suddenly

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2014 | (01:00)

It was one of the great surprises of modern football. Spain were second favourites for the World Cup, having won their last three major tournaments and qualifying for Brazil with ease - not losing a match on the way and conceding three goals in eight games. They looked characteristically unbeatable....

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