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Jim Spence

Jim Spence: The only currency that counts in getting a manager is hard cash

June 3 2017

Neil McCann’s appointment as Dundee FC manager, when it seemed that Jack Ross was a shoo in as the new boss, may have looked a bit like a keystone cops movie from the outside: but in football things are seldom straightforward, and the search for a new manager is one which is full of pitfalls ranging from leaked stories to outright rejection.

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Jim Spence: Ryan Gauld’s career could be in big danger

May 13 2017

Ryan Gauld’s move to Sporting Lisbon is proof that the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere. Despite the fact that the Portuguese side seem set to offload him, the player was right to grab the chance of playing for one of the big names in European football. The big danger now is that his career takes a disastrous downward trajectory.

Jim Spence

Jim Spence: Talent beats tactics

April 29 2017

Once when working as the pitch-side TV reporter at a game abroad, a member of the team backroom staff asked me for a copy of the opponent’s formation, which he’d seen their manager write down for me.