Conor Kelly


Conor is a freelance football and pop culture writer from Dublin, Ireland. As well as writing a weekly column for uMaxit, his has contributed to Four Four Two, Squawka and Sabotage Times amongst others. He co-hosts the Final Third podcast.
  • The Frank De Boer Debacle At Crystal Palace Shows They Are A Directionless Club

    On a sunny summers afternoon in June, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish struck an affirmative tone. "We need an evolution over a period of time," he relayed to an assembled gathering of journalists. "We’ve been in the bottom three two seasons in a row for home form, sooner or later that’s going to catch up with us. If you want to play on the break in the Championship it’s less expensive. I think we’ve got players who are technically better than that now but it’s also not a sustainable model."  ...

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  • Michael O’Neill Continues To Turn Northern Ireland Water Into International Wine

    International breaks are infamously a period of slow news in football, but even the vacuum of major stories wasn’t ample time enough for Northern Ireland’s achievements to get the desired coverage in the eyes of their manager Michael O’Neill. ...

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  • Mo Salah Already Looking Undervalued In 2017’s Inflated Market

    When Martin Atkinson blew his full-time whistle in the hot Sunday sunshine at Anfield, Liverpool weren’t the topic of conversation amongst journalists at the stadium or those typing furiously on Twitter. The abject nature of Arsenal’s performance feel like they’ve been video looped on the front page of a website such is the painful familiarity in the manner of their defeat. ...

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  • Victory Over Tottenham Once Again Demonstrated Antonio Conte’s Adaptability

    Don’t mention the ghost of 2015/16. For much of the past week, those around Stamford Bridge have done their best to dispel the notion that Chelsea were about to repeat that shambolic season in which they lost nine of their initial 16 matches. Their surprise 3-2 defeat at home to lowly Burnley on the opening day coupled with the inactivity in the transfer market tapped into speculation that Antonio Conte was unhappy. Amateur psychologists even analysed Conte’s choice to wear a tracksuit on the sideline rather than his customary tailored slimline Dolce and Gabbana. “My players said this to me too,” the Italian chuckled in his Friday press conference. ...

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  • Can Napoli Finally Wrestle The Scudetto Away From Juventus?

    In Italy, football has always mirrored life. It is a country split in two; the wealthy northern part of the country lording it over their poorer relations in the south. That disparity in wealth and success has traditionally been replicated in Serie A, where the giants of the north (Juventus, Milan, Inter) have dominated. For a brief juncture in the 1980s though, one man changed all that. Diego Armando Maradona. ...

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