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Simon O'Keeffe

Simon O'Keeffe
Simon is a football writer here at Pundit Arena. You can contact him at [email protected], or through the Twitter link below

Klopp Needs Time And Patience At Liverpool – Not A Media Frenzy

Jürgen Klopp had unwittingly given himself a new nickname and launched a thousand headlines within ten minutes of his first press conference as the new Liverpool manager. “I don’t want to describe myself [in comparison to José Mourinho]. Does anyone in this room think I can do wonders? I’m a normal guy.” “I’m the normal one,” Klopp was quoted in …

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Beating Bayern Is Not Enough On Its Own – Arsenal Must Get Tougher To Succeed

It must be an incredibly frustrating experience being an Arsenal fan. That the same team are capable of destroying Manchester United and Bayern Munich yet capitulating against Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb all within a few weeks of each other must be exasperating. Nothing about Arsenal’s Champions League campaign this term makes sense, and although they are still fighting an uphill battle …

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The Leeds United Cycle Of Upheaval Continues

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino had a less than flattering nickname back in Italy. Due to his penchant for firing managers, he was given the title Il mangia-allenatori – ‘The Manager Eater’. As if to live up that name, Cellino, on Monday morning, dispensed with boss Uwe Rösler after less than five months in the job. Rösler is the fifth …

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New-Look Spain Looking To Finally Put World Cup Nightmare Behind Them

Sixteen months ago in Salvador, Spain endured the worst 90 minutes of its recent football history. They arrived at the World Cup with all of the confidence and swagger one would expect from a squad expecting to retain their trophy, and to become the first nation since their temporary Brazilian hosts in 1962 to win back-to-back tournaments. That confidence lasted …

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The Night Irish Football Rediscovered Its Identity

It’s been a long time since it felt like this. As the 50,000 strong Aviva crowd belted out Olé Olé at full volume on Thursday night, with the world champions brought to their knees, a revived sense of hope surfaced – maybe Irish football isn’t the lost cause we were beginning to worry it was. It was a victory every bit …

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Mourinho Would Rather Walk Away Than Try To Fix Chelsea

This week hasn’t all been about Jürgen Klopp. As if to remind people that they were having a bit of manager bother of their own, Chelsea released a public statement on Monday to publicly back beleaguered manager José Mourinho. The word “crisis” is bandied about these days all too regularly, and it’s a word Sky Sports were using to describe …

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Why The Premier League is Killing Itself With Its Own Wealth

The days of European dominance seem over for the Premier League. Where did it all go wrong?  “They said ‘Thierry, is this the best league in the world?’” A rare bout of existentialism there from Sky as Thierry Henry pondered this question in their ad to kick-off the league in August. Was there finally some doubt creeping in to challenge …

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