Hi Allan, it is such a shame mate. You are the only football writer that I have enjoyed reading on this website and will miss your interesting and unique articles. I purposely made a bleacher report account ( I never made one before because I didn't want to get spam) just to make this comment.
Bleacher report are idiots to let you go! They definitely will have one less person viewing their website. All the other football articles are so generic and unimaginative, that I could start writing my own and get thousands of views e.g top 5 strikers linked to Arsenal.
Take care my friend and I am sure you shall succeed.
Hey Allan, I stopped consistently going on B/R for about a year but the only reason why I came back was to read your amazing articles. It's a shame that you are leaving but do what makes you happy. Your articles really taught how to analyze football and look at it from different perspectives. And I honestly just enjoyed reading them. You're just different from all the other writers. To me you are a genius. I hope you find an occupation where you are happy and find the balance you want. Enjoy your life man, best of luck!
Hi Allan. I've been reading your articles for years and your writing really introduced me to looking at football from a different lens, and looking at other lesser-known players that I could not have been able to learn about without your work. I hope you have a wonderful time in your new career and keep enjoying football.
Hi Allan. Whilst i am only a relatively recent reader of your articles, you have provided me with an excellent football understanding and although i am sad that you will no longer be writing for B/R, i hope you find a new job which can fulfil your needs better. Thank you.
Hey Allan, just want to say good luck for the future, hopefully you can find something you enjoy.
It's been a while since I've last posted here, but looking at your last message, I suppose I might as well say a farewell. It's been a while since I've left B/R, mostly because Reddit has supplanted it in terms of what I view. I still remember one of the first pieces of yours that I read, actually 4 years ago now, which was on possible replacements for David de Gea, because he was underperforming at the start of his United career. Times have changed since then haven't they? I just want to thank you for your articles which continued to largely be the only thing, if anything, I read on this website. Your style inspired me to start my blog two years back (which I am awfully lazy about, but I remember what you told me when I started, so I suppose I should get writing then) and for that, I thank you.
See you around,
Have followed your articles for more than a year and I must say that whenever I want to know more about a player the first thing I do (after transfermarkt) is search on this space and sure enough you've done an article about him!!
Thank you so much for the most analytical and meaningful articles - they truly redefine the content on B/R. I hope that your future decisions help shape your career into a happy one and would love to follow your work in the future.
Best of luck!!
Apologies to readers who enquired about my situation via email and didn't receive a prompt response.
Thanks for the loyalty and I'm so sorry that I'm going to abandon you guys.
Q: Why haven't you published an article or slideshow since July 6?
A: I resigned from my position as Bleacher Report's transfer correspondent on July 9.
A: Short answer—I want to try something different.
Here is an elongated response.
In terms of making it in the media world, Bill Simmons said, per Grantland (h/t Jim Romenesko's website): "Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get a chance? And if you get that chance, how hard are you going to work once you get it?"
B/R and football consumed my life for around four years and four months.
In 1,586 days, I published 1,378 articles and gained 18.2 million views for B/R.
Sure, it was not PewDiePie numbers, but the productivity was decent enough that B/R promoted me in 2013.
Simmons once stood outside the Boston Herald building "wondering what the [expletive he] was gonna do with [his] life," per Rob Tannenbaum at Rolling Stone.
I had a comparable moment during an all-nighter as I reviewed the performances of Giannelli Imbula via Wyscout.
Despite being laced with caffeine, I was sluggish while feeling increasingly bitter and resentful.
I had an epiphany: my work-life balance was very unhealthy.
I resigned that night and went to sleep.
Q: Why didn't B/R pull out all the stops to keep you?
A: We had talks, but nothing panned out.
Q: What are you going to do now?
A: No idea.
I guess, I'll play Rocky Balboa's "How winning is done" speech on loop.
Q: Do you have another writing gig lined-up?
I'm applying for a variety of jobs, so I can experience life, rather than live in a bubble.
I'm 23 years old and all I know is football.
Q: Do you have any final comments?
A: I appreciate B/R for providing me a platform where I dedicated myself to a craft.
Yes, I was suffering burnout towards the end of my tenure, but this is a character-building part of my life.
Hi Allan, hope all is well. A lot of teams need to buy a striker or two this summer (Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, maybe Real or Bayern as backup), but there seems to be a shortage of quality options. Who do you think could break through in that position in the next season or the next two seasons? Dybala and Vietto seem like quality options who have secured moves. Do you see any others breaking through like them?
I do think Bacca and Mauri are great alternatives to Martinez and Kondogbia. Yeah, Vietto could be on the bench as I can't imagine Griezmann playing on the wing again. Do you think Man United are terrible negotiators? They sold Angelo Henriquez for 1 Million after scoring 20 goals primarily as a super sub. Do you think Falcao is a stupid signing? Bertrand Traore could have been a very handy player.