Jamie Spencer
Jamie Spencer is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and is currently a football writer for FTBpro.com as well as having had work published on Zoo Today and MSN Sport. Living in Greater Manchester he supports his local team - United, and is also a lover of international athletics, tennis and the NFL.

Entries by Jamie Spencer

How Jose Mourinho Is Already Making the Doubters Change Their Minds

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2016 | (00:00)

​'No, not him, anyone but him.'

Was this you when Jose Mourinho was finally confirmed as Manchester United manager in May? Because it was definitely me. The former Chelsea boss took over as a proven winner, sure, the man to restore the glory days of the Sir Alex Ferguson era....

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Three Eredivisie Top Scorers Vincent Janssen Will Hope to Emulate in the Premier League... And Three He Won't

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2016 | (14:30)

Vincent Janssen is the latest in a long line of Eredivisie top scorers to make the move to the Premier League. After 27 goals for AZ Alkmaar last season there will be big pressure on the 21-year-old to replicate that form in a Tottenham shirt straight away and take some...

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Why Being Snubbed By Jamie Vardy Is More Significant for Arsenal Than People May Realise

(4) Comments | Posted 8 July 2016 | (00:00)

Arsenal are fast becoming a second Liverpool. 'This is our year,' say the fans every summer as they look ahead to a new Premier League season. These days, you feel it is a statement being made with increasing hopefulness rather than any genuine belief that the Gunners will finally finish...

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England Are Still Failing on the International Stage But at Least It's a Different Way of Failing

(2) Comments | Posted 23 June 2016 | (00:00)

England "can't do much more" to win. That was the view of Roy Hodgson after a 0-0 draw with Slovakia ensured the Three Lions finished with their lowest points tally in the European Championship group stage since 2000 when they were eliminated at this stage.

England managed to book a...

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Six Manchester United Players Jose Mourinho Can Afford to Cut Loose This Summer

(1) Comments | Posted 17 June 2016 | (00:00)

It would be a huge mistake and rather foolish for Jose Mourinho to completely gut the Manchester United squad this summer. The group of players he has inherited from Louis van Gaal are 80% of the way to seriously challenging for major honours and a handful of carefully selected signings...

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The Power of the Super-Agents in Modern Football Is Extremely Unsettling to Say the Least

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (00:00)

Football agents. They started out as innocent representation for players, helping to protect the best interests of an individuals more equipped to run about on a pitch than sit around a negotiating table and thrash out contracts.

Fewer than 30 years ago, agents weren't exactly commonplace. Players in England often...

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The Worst Thing Jose Mourinho Can Do at Man Utd is Tear it All Up and Start From Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (00:00)

You don't have to search too hard to find rumours of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United war chest, valued anywhere from £150million to £200million or more, lists of 'X Players Mourinho Will Bring to Old Trafford', and similarly themed lists of 'X Players Manchester United Players Mourinho Should Axe'.

The arrival...

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Manchester City Only Have Poor Recruitment to Blame for Sub-Par Premier League Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2016 | (00:00)

Manchester City have only themselves to blame for what, a Capital One Cup triumph aside, has been a poor domestic season. The Premier League title race was wide open until Leicester started to pull away in April, and a run of wins would have seen anyone come storming through to...

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Leicester City's Champions League Conundrum: Should the Foxes Stick or Twist This Summer?

(1) Comments | Posted 4 May 2016 | (00:00)

​Leicester City are Premier League champions, it might take a bit of time for that alone to settle in. The images and videos of heroes like Wes Morgan celebrating will stick in the memory for a very long time, while history will never ever forget the plucky band of players...

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Everton Are at a Critical Juncture and Roberto Martinez is No Longer the Man for the Job

(1) Comments | Posted 2 April 2016 | (00:00)

When Farhad Moshiri bought his 49.9% stake in Everton earlier this year it offered the potential of a new dawn for the Toffees. The chance to consistently challenge the Premier League's elite, break into the Champions League and perhaps win a first trophy in more than 20 years.

The British-Iranian...

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Gabriel Is Not an 'Arsenal Defender', He's a Liability and an Accident Waiting to Happen

(3) Comments | Posted 20 March 2016 | (23:00)

After a run of just two wins in their last nine Premier League games, ​Arsenal are all but certain to miss out on the title that should have been theirs. In Europe, hopes of beating Barcelona and avoiding a sixth straight exit in the last 16 of the Champions League...

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The Kids Are Alright: Youngsters Have Shone in 2015/16 as the Premier League's Old Guard Fades

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2016 | (23:00)

Football has always been a young man's game, but these days it's becoming an even younger man's game. Hitting 30 is already widely seen as a steep downward slope, perhaps sometimes unfairly, and players like Ryan Giggs who can play at the top level to the age of 40 are...

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Manchester United Are Like an Unbaked Cake, We Just Need to Let it Finish

(1) Comments | Posted 26 February 2016 | (23:00)

A cold Thursday night somewhere in the middle of Denmark was where Manchester United reached their lowest ebb of a painful two and a half years since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement left the club in need of a new leader.

Ask anyone and virtually all would tell you that United...

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Pep Guardiola Has a Lot of Work Ahead Before the Trophies Flow at Manchester City

(2) Comments | Posted 17 February 2016 | (23:00)

Pep Guardiola arrives at Manchester City, it's the final piece of the jigsaw and the club goes on to win every trophy going forever more, or at least as long as the lauded Spanish coach decides to stay. That's the dream many expect to become a reality, but it's much...

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Why Are We Automatically Convinced That Ryan Giggs Will Be a Good Manager?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2016 | (23:00)

As Manchester United's chief decision maker, Ed Woodward has three envelopes on his desk right now with his only managerial options for the rest of the season. The first says 'Keep Louis van Gaal', the second says 'Hire Jose Mourinho', and the third says 'Give it Giggsy'.

Should van Gaal...

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Six Transfers Premier League Clubs Ought to Avoid This Month

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2016 | (23:00)

The January transfer window can make a club's season if they get it right, or break it if they get it wrong. The rumours are flying around and there are always players linked with your club that make you feel uneasy.

But if you're expecting to see Emmanuel Adebayor listed,...

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Phase One Complete: Now Watch LvG's Manchester United Kick On

(0) Comments | Posted 8 January 2016 | (23:00)

Louis van Gaal has endured more than his fair share of criticism since taking over at Manchester United in the summer of 2014. He's been accused of all sorts of things and oversaw a terrible run of results at the end of 2014. But above all else, what he's achieved...

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Picking Man Utd's Next Manager Isn't as Simple as Calling Jose

(1) Comments | Posted 23 December 2015 | (23:00)

When Louis van Gaal arrived at Manchester United in the summer of 2014, there was never any doubt he'd be seeing out the full three years of his contract. Now, 18 months later, there are severe doubts about his future.

Following the lamentable home defeat against lowly Norwich, van Gaal...

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Aston Villa Were Doomed Before the Season Even Began

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2015 | (23:00)

When you're on course to match the worst team in Premier League history after nearly half the season, you know you're in deep, deep trouble. That is very much the case for Aston Villa right now, with Derby County's record low points tally in danger of being broken.

We've seen...

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Where Do Chelsea and Diego Costa Go From Here?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2015 | (23:00)

Chelsea and Diego Costa appear to have reached a critical point in their relationship. The misfiring striker was benched for the weekend trip across London at Tottenham and responded petulantly when he didn't make it onto the pitch at all.

He's been a mere shadow of the player who scored...

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