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Stephen Vaughan
Writing primarily about football, MMA and boxing. Not adverse to poking my nose into less familiar territory every now then.

John Sheridan’s Touchline Tirade Shows The Extent Of Abuse Referees Are Subjected To

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: John Sheridan, manager of Notts County during the Checkatrade Trophy group match between Notts County and Hartlepool at Meadow Lane on August 31, 2016 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Former Ireland playmaker John Sheridan was sacked from his post as Notts County manager earlier this month after the 52-year-old’s side went nine games without picking up a single point. On the 10th of December County were halfway through this dismal run and hurtling towards a 2-0 loss to Wycombe Wanderers. The game saw Sheridan hit the headlines for being …

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Why Memphis Depay’s Time At United Will Be Marked By Failure

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Memphis Depay of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on September 30, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Memphis Depay has departed Manchester United for French side Lyon. Depay has made just 16 Premier League starts, scoring two goals, in what must be one of the worst cases of unrealized potential the Premier League has ever seen. Life at United started with a bang for Memphis Depay with two goals against Belgian side Brugge in a Champions League …

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How Liverpool’s Youngsters Performed As Reds Enter Fourth Round

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Ben Woodburn of Liverpool controls the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Plymouth Argyle and Liverpool at Home Park on January 18, 2017 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

One of the strongest arguments against Liverpool’s ability to sustain a title challenge this season has been the lack of depth within Jurgen Klopp’s squad. The German’s first eleven is as good as any in the league when in full flow, one or two omissions and the quality drops off dramatically. On Wednesday night in the FA Cup Klopp handed several …

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Does Pep Have The Answers For Manchester City’s Defensive Woes?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on January 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Alarm bells have been ringing around Manchester City’s defence since the start of the season. After a 4-0 drubbing from an Everton side who have been inconsistent at best, those bells have turned into full blown sirens. The question marks hanging over Pep Guardiola’s side are no longer exclusive to his defence. The match began fairly evenly, Everton looked determined …

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Opinion: Diego Costa Owes Nothing To Antonio Conte Nor Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Diego Costa of Chelsea reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

On Saturday, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte squashed rumors of a bust up with star striker Diego Costa. After his side comfortably beat Leicester City the Italian somewhat surprisingly went into full blown diplomacy mode, insisting there were no problems with the player. However, on Sunday it was reported even more emphatically that Costa wants out of Chelsea. Claims that the …

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Is Dimitri Payet Destined For The Chinese Super League?

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Dimitri Payet of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team's second goal from a free kick during The Emirates FA Cup fifth round match between Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United at Ewood park on February 21, 2016 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Dimitri Payet burst onto the Premier League scene last season, one of a rare breed of exotic creatures who relies heavily on their superior technique but is not overawed by the rough and tumble of English football. Beautifully balanced, the ability to put the ball on the proverbial sixpence, flair, poise and an eye for goal particularly from set pieces; …

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Manchester United V Hull City Preview: Both Sides Look To Take A Lead Into The Second Leg

HULL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Curtis Davies of Hull City (R) is chased down by Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United (L) during the Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester United at KCOM Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Hull, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Manchester United welcome Hull City to Old Trafford on Tuesday evening for the semi-final, first leg of the EFL Cup. The much belittled competition often serves as a spring board to it’s winner. The two teams could not be enjoying/enduring more polarized fortunes at the moment. Early season silverware could potentially kick start a surge out of the relegation zone …

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