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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: And the TSF award goes to...

Our super sleuth recognises the moaners and chancers and spoofers and stars of the season with his inaugural awards ceremony, writes The Secret Footballer.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: The Alli shuffle: Not every young talent ends up as a punchline

The Next Big Thing was on the pitch at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane goodbye yesterday. Wayne Rooney was once the next big thing. Will Dele Alli learn from his mistakes, asks The Secret Footballer.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Football must learn to care for minds as much as hamstrings

The Secret Footballer knows too well that depression can take root with no regard to profession or income...

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Joey Barton: Made a loss of £16,708.29 on 1,260 bets he placed on football matches dating back to 2004.

THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Joey Barton pays the price for football’s wages of sin

The Secret Footballer has been immersed in gambling culture all his career and knows Joey Barton is an easy fall guy.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Antonio Conte knows enough to leverage ‘posh boy’ advantage

Money dictates most things at the business end of Europe’s top leagues, but the Secret Footballer believes there’s still a place for knowledge.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: I worry about Russia. So should English hooligans.

Leicester City’s fans showed that English hooliganism hasn’t gone away. Which is worrying what with the World Cup in Russia coming up next year, writes The Secret Footballer.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Divine Pochettino dragging Spurs towards the mountain top

Tottenham runs in the blood of The Secret Footballer. And Mauricio Pochettino has got pulses racing for a family affair...

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Time Jose Mourinho took himself on in the blame game

After another turgid home draw, Jose Mourinho turned on a BBC journalist and then on his attacking players? After lavishing a fortune on an average squad, isn’t it time he held his own hand up?

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Put away the noose. No way Taylor was thinking about hurting Coleman

Our man inside the game says Seamus Coleman’s universal popularity and the upsetting nature of the break make it tempting to lynch somebody but hanging Taylor won’t help the Ireland captain.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Let Simeone spray blood on the crumbling walls that Arsene built

Our man inside the game says Arsene Wenger has fostered the kind of cosy, cushy dressing room that lacks the backbone to fight for his own future.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Jose Mourinho needs a new enemy more than he needs a win tonight

Our new signing from inside the game enjoys the mind games being played by the managers of the Premier League’s top teams as much as the games on the field...

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