Doubters To Believers

With the match a few short hours away, Jordan Henderson had been summoned by his manager. It was the 30th August 2012 and Liverpool were gearing up for a crucial Europa League clash vs Hearts. Jordan Henderson would be starting, very possibly for the last time, as Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers were prepared to give him up as part of a deal for Fulham’s American star, Clint Dempsey. “It implied to me that he would let me leave and it was up to me. I went back to my room. I shed a few tears. I ended up crying a little bit because it hurt so much. I had the game that night to think about as well.” Henderson was

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Maurizio Sarri And A Season Of Unfortunate Events

*All stats are based on the 2018-2019 Premiership Season and excluding any domestic or European cup competitions.  When Maurizio Sarri waltzed into Chelsea at the start of the season, he had the fans salivating at the style of football that was being played out on the Stamford Bridge turf. However at that point Chelsea were winning, and when, around week 12 of the Premiership season, the wins started to dry up popular opinion started to shift. Suddenly Maurizio Sarri became the most despised person at Chelsea Football Club. However, Sarri may be the unluckiest manager in the Premier League this season. According to Understat, who measure xPTS, Chelsea should be in 3rd place, which they are, but with 63 points, while

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Nick Kyrgios Is The Villian Tennis Needs

He burst on to the mainstream tennis scene in 2015 when the young Australian took to the court to face World Number 1 and one of the greatest players of all time, Rafael Nadal. No one gave him a chance in this last 16 tie, it was supposed to be a formality, Rafa would come out and dismantle the 19-year-old before moving on to the quarter-finals and those who are more worthy of his time. However, this young man had evidently not read the script, defeating the Spaniard in just four sets, even playing some showboating shots to add insult to injury. Nick Kyrgios announced himself to the world that day and ever since, has been living by his own

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Tottenham Hotspur And Their Conquest For Trophies

If you take Spurs at face value, they have just built a state-of-the-art stadium, a fantastic manager and a squad that has some exceptional talent with some promising youngsters coming through. Therefore, at face value, you’d have to say the club is in a strong position. The issue with Tottenham though, is that their squad can appear stable once the cracks are papered over but look beneath them and you fear a single injury, departure or even a defeat can be the catalyst to the club fading back into mediocrity. This has been evident with injuries to key players revealing a razor-thin squad-depth; and with Pochettino’s future uncertain, it’s easy to foresee a mass exodus of players if he leaves.

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The Six Nations Week Two Takeaway

Scotland Last week I mentioned that Scotland’s lack of composure could haunt them against the top teams and unfortunately it cost them this week. When you commit 18 handling errors against one of the best teams in world rugby, you are not winning that game. Furthermore, Scotland should have gone in ahead at the end of the first half, camping on the Ireland try line, against teams like Ireland, you have to take those chances. Additionally, they failed to capitalise on the momentum they garnered at the end of the first half, managing to only have 33% possession in the second half, however, when they did have the ball, they were great to watch. The injury to Stuart Hogg was

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The Alex Scott Debate

Last week, people all across social media were debating the punditry ability of Alex Scott. Twitter, in particular, was divided on whether the first mainstream female football pundit knows what she is talking about or if she is just completely clueless. So, with a level head, I thought I would throw my two cents into the debate. Now let us start with the actual debate, does Alex Scott know what she is talking about when it comes to football? Yes, on the whole, she does know what she is talking about. Those who say she does not, are either not listening ; stereotyping the quality of her input on the basis of her gender or do not understand football themselves.

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What The F*ck Is Happening With Brexit?

Last week MP’s voted on a number of amendments to the withdrawal deal agreed by May and the European Union. In the Parliamentary debate that took place, May called for agreement and compromise on the changes MP’s wanted to see before they would accept the deal and allow the Prime Minister to return to the EU and attempt to secure further concessions. The two amendments that Parliament voted for are the Brady amendment, which says that we will avoid the Irish backstop with ‘alternative arrangements’, and the Spelman amendment, which would rule out a no-deal Brexit. Both amendments narrowly passed, by 16 and 8 votes respectively. Yvette Cooper’s amendment, which would have extended Article 50 until the end of 2019

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The Critics’ Picks – January 2019 Edition

Every month, ‘The Critic’s Chair’ writers will be making their picks on what you should keep your eyes out for. You can also check out our picks for October, November and December 2018 below: October November December Here are our selections for January…  Critic: Jack Channings Pick: Brexit Over the course of February, and on into March, the Brexit negotiations will be going mental. With Parliament voting against delaying our exit, but also voting against a no-deal scenario, and now the EU maintaining their position that re-negotiations aren’t viable, the government is going to have to pull something extraordinary out of the bag in the next six weeks. Britain’s exit is an unprecedented event in EU history, meaning there is

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The Six Nations In A World Cup Year

With the culmination of the Heineken Champions Cup pool stages behind us, all eyes have well and truly turned to Friday night’s Six Nations opener in Paris. Excitement is building at an unprecedented pace ahead of what is being dubbed the most competitive looking tournament in years. However, far too many will make misguided projections from Six Nations success (or lack of) to World Cup hopes in November.   Performances – both individually and collectively – will be used to chart a nation’s course towards lifting the Webb Ellis trophy. A Grand Slam for instance, surely predicates reaching the last 4 at worst? Granted England, the only Northern Hemisphere team to win a world cup, did so after completing a

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Amir Khan Does Not Owe Anyone The Kell Brook Fight

On the 10th of January 2018 Amir Khan sent shockwaves throughout the world of boxing when he put pen to paper to sign for Eddie Hearn and his Matchroom Promotions. The announcement generated a buzz amongst British boxing fans and it seemed we would eventually get the bout that fans had been waiting for. For years Kell Brook had been chasing Khan, and now it seemed a formality, maybe one or two warm up fights each, but Khan-Brook was about to become a reality… wasn’t it? Khan wasted no time in his return to the ring, dismantling Phil Lo Greco inside the first round. In the aftermath of the bout, Brook entered the ring where the two exchanged words. It

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