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Tom O'Connor

Tom O'Connor
Tom O' Connor is a soccer addict- LUFC, DFC and Championship Manager nut (It may be FM on the box but it's still Championship Manager to me!) Would love to have been a footballer but is a goalie instead- not the fat and lazy type, more lack of talent/ability/skill and was the tallest on most teams! Love my wife, my two kids and my iPad.

Will Van Gaal’s Manchester United Transfer Strategy Pay Off?

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The past two summers have highlighted the pressure Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are under to try to regain the Premier League title. A new transfer policy has been adopted where the targets are now established international or Premier League players. Granted, David Moyes was afforded the luxury of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata but neither fitted his system …

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It’s Not Over Yet: Bohs Hit The Jackpot In Oriel Park

Keith Long and his players deserve a huge amount of credit for their display at Oriel Park on Friday night. A fortnight ago Peter Hutton and the Derry City squad returned to the Brandywell having played excellently and were unfortunate not to take something away from their trip to the Carrick Road venue. The Candystripes lined up in a manner …

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Channel Hoppers – The Definitive Ligue 1 To Premier League XI

After giving us ‘The Eredivisie To Premier League XI – The Good, The Bad & The Afonso Alves’ Tom O’Connor is back. This time it’s the definitive guide to the best XI of what has been a copious amount of talent that’s made the move across the channel. Goalkeeper Nominations here are World Cup winner and European Champion Fabien Barthez (Monaco …

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Big Sam – The Real Deal?

As it seems to be a foregone conclusion that West Ham will be parting company with their current manager at the end of the season, Pundit Arena’s Tom O Connor takes a look at Sam Allardyce’s record and analyses the pros and cons of his management style. Proven Premier League manager Big Sam has been managing in the Premier League …

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How Being Brave Almost Paid Off For Derry vs Dundalk

Have Derry discovered the secret to stopping Dundalk this season following Friday night’s display at Oriel? Derry City arrived at the home of the champions as a mid-ranking team shorn of several regulars, including their first choice goalkeeper, and the expectancy among the home fans was high – especially since the last time the Lilywhites played at the Carrick Road …

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Liverpool FC: Can The Boot Room Be Revived?

Brendan Rodgers has been castigated this season for claiming that Liverpool are years ahead of Manchester City in their development and his emphasis on the philosophy of the club. Here Tom O’Connor takes a look at what he’s talking about and whether he’s justified or not in his opinions. From Bill Shankly, Joe Fagan, Kenny Daglish, Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier …

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4 Reasons Why the Premier League Was Just More Fun In The 1990s

With all the talk of ‘parking the bus’, ‘grinding out results’ and ‘negative football’, Tom O Connor takes a look back at a few reasons why the Premier League was more fun in the 1990s than today. _____ There were more teams competing for the league every season From the 1992/3 season until the turn of the twentieth century the …

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