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Jason Pettigrove

Jason is an experienced and UEFA accredited journalist, broadcaster and published author specialising in expert analysis and insightful opinion on elite level football. Focusing predominantly on Spanish football and the UEFA club competitions throughout his career, he has maintained the industry critical knowledge of the global world of football to effectively cover breaking news and provide a well-rounded perspective to his content. He has been consistently recognised as a key contributor by various influential editors and has authored Huddy: The Official Biography of Alan Hudson. He is currently writing his second book Lionel Messi: From Beginning to End.

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    Will there ever be an openly gay footballer in the Premier League?

    It’s 2020 and, in general terms, the world is the most tolerant it’s ever been. Largely people are able to go about their business as they please, apart from the odd idiot making life difficult.  Unless, of course, you happen to play in the Premier League.

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    Is it time for Pep Guardiola to bid City goodbye?

    There won’t be too many people who will disagree with the notion that Pep Guardiola has been the finest football coach of his generation. As a disciple of the peerless Johan Cruyff, Guardiola’s ability as a player, combined with an incessant thirst for knowledge, was always going to see the Catalan end up in the dugout.

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    La Liga race could go right to the wire

    “It’s boring and uncompetitive.” “A farmer’s league.” Just two of the usual arguments, which mainly come from Premier League watchers, as to the quality of Spain’s top flight, La Liga. To those that don’t watch La Liga week in and week out, their opinion might well be that Barcelona and Real Madrid (possibly Atletico Madrid) are the only realistic title contenders.

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    Football’s coming home? Not anytime soon.

    Fans continue to chant ‘football’s coming home’ at every available opportunity but, by the time of next summer’s European Championships, it will be 54 years since English football’s greatest ever victory.

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    Does Brendan Rodgers deserve more respect?

    “You say steady to me when I say something to you again, you’ll be on the first plane back. You know what you said, I know what you said Sterling. You know what you said.” With those words in a 2012 documentary entitled ‘Being Liverpool,’ Brendan Rodgers was subjected to an awful lot of ridicule because of how he was dealing with Liverpool’s young players.

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    Do we need a European Super League?

    Despite a thriving European football scene where the Premier League, in particular, has transformed the match going experience, there’s one discussion point that won’t go away. For years now, Europe’s best clubs have long harboured the ambition of forming a breakaway Super League.

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    Paying lip service to racism deterrents isn’t enough

    As a white English male living on the outskirts of Essex, I rarely encounter racism amongst people in the locale and have been fortunate that wherever I’ve lived, I’ve not been subjected to the same.

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    There are no winners in the Gareth Bale saga

    A professional footballer’s life, at the very highest level, is like living in a gilded cage. The luxurious lifestyle that football affords players is often tempered by the reality of not being able to go about one’s business ‘as normal.

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    Were Spurs right to sack Pochettino?

    Football is often an unforgiving business. One can go from the highest of highs to the depths of despair in minutes. The line between success and failure is a very fine one, and just a visit from Lady Luck can be all the difference.

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    Are Liverpool finally on the cusp of a Premier League title?

    It’s already been 29 long years since Liverpool last won the top flight title in England. So long, in fact, that the Premier League was still two years away from its inception. For a club of their stature, that’s a stat which has haunted them for almost three decades and, despite some epic European nights in the meantime, it’s the one trophy that everyone connected with the Reds wants to win.

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    Is time up for Unai Emery at Arsenal?

    When Arsene Wenger finally decided to leave Arsenal, pushed into it in the end by consistent and vile abuse from the north London faithful, the immediate question on everyone’s lips was ‘Who’s going to replace him?’ It had to be someone that clearly understood the Gunners’ identity and added a ring of steel to the back four.


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