Isaac Leigh
I'm a 20-year-old student from Wokingham, Reading, with a keen interest in journalism. I am currently sport editor of Warwick's student newspaper The Boar and also contribute across other departments. I am also a Student Radio Award winner for the sport team's work on RaW 1251AM (Warwick's student radio station). I have had placements at The Guardian, FourFourTwo, LiveWire Sport, Coventry Telegraph, Reading Post and more, and run a personal blog at I am also a keen runner, footballer and mountain climber, loves comedy and listen to music you probably don't like.

Entries by Isaac Leigh

Mourinho Deserves Blame for Chelsea Striker Woe

(1) Comments | Posted 5 April 2014 | (00:00)

You could understand Jose Mourinho's acute frustration after the 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat by Paris St Germain. Not only had he just seen Javier Pastore slalom through a statuesque defence to beat Petr Cech at his near post, changing the complexion of a finely-balanced tie, but...

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Who Could Replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2014 | (23:00)

"Arsene Wenger will not be a difficult act to follow - he will be an impossible act to follow."

Those are the words of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, who spoke to Sportsweek earlier this week. He could well be right.

For all the discussion of the Frenchman's future after...

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Newcastle Show Benefit of Evolution Not Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (15:46)

As Cardiff City, West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur prepare for Christmas chaos rather than cheer, it is easy to forget that Newcastle United were the club in turmoil at the beginning of this most remarkable of Premier League seasons.

After a dismal 2012/13 season which saw Alan Pardew's men...

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Managerial Merry-Go-Round Lacks Variety

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (14:27)

Andre Villas-Boas and Steve Clarke became the latest casualties of a ubiquitous perversion of Christmas cheer this weekend. Whilst Clarke departed West Bromwich Albion with something of a whimper, losing 1-0 at Cardiff City to record a fourth successive defeat, Villas-Boas' reign at Tottenham Hotspur ended...

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Hernandez Struggles to Escape 'Predator' Label

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (11:43)

If a straw poll was conducted, it is unlikely that many would champion Manchester United's Javier Hernandez as the most prolific goalscorer in the 2012/13 Premier League season.

Yet the 25-year-old scored every 103 minutes on average - the best ratio in the division. He managed eighteen goals...

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City in Danger of Being a Soft Touch

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (11:40)

Manchester City's decision to replace Roberto Mancini with Manuel Pellegrini this summer was greeted with widespread relief by players and supporters alike.

The combative Italian had, it was argued, injected a poisonous atmosphere into the club with his abrasive management style and propensity for singling out individuals in...

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England Can Thrive on New Underdog Status

(4) Comments | Posted 18 October 2013 | (00:00)

It is difficult to forget the headline published in The Sun after England's 2010 World Cup group stage opponents were revealed.

Adorning a front page with the acronym 'EASY' - standing for England, Algeria, Slovenia and USA, or in this case 'Yanks' - reeked of arrogance and conceit. In the...

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Wenger Rewarded for Faith in Arsenal Squad

(1) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (00:00)

What a difference a few weeks make. After Arsenal's 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League season, the knives were being sharpened for manager Arsene Wenger. Get him out, they said; he won't spend any money, they said. But after a...

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British Players Suffer in Spurs' Pursuit of Success

(9) Comments | Posted 26 August 2013 | (00:00)

"It's a revolving door down there. In my first few years the policy was to buy young British players - like me, Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, Michael Dawson and Jermaine Jenas.
"Now most of us have left and it seems like the club is going the other way round...

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Older Players Show Australia the Way

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2013 | (10:27)

England have won this Ashes series, and lead 3-0 with one Test to go, because of their experience. In the nervous finales at Trent Bridge and Chester-le-Street, Alistair Cook's men have prevailed under pressure, holding their nerve while their opponents lost their heads. But whilst Australia crumbled, their elder statesmen...

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