Patrick Barclay

Patrick Barclay is an institution in British football media. Having written for most of the major newspapers, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, The Daily Mail and London Evening Standard, Patrick has also written acclaimed biographies on both Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho. Barclay doesn't only ply his trade in print, but also on screen and has regularly featured on Sky to give comment and insight on developments in the game as well as radio. One of the brightest minds in British football journalism, Patrick's insight into the game is much welcomed at Football Fanzone

‘Boring’ Chelsea Are Not At Fault For This Tedious Title Race

Ritchie Humphreys, the Chesterfield midfielder who is chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, told last night’s awards dinner in London that it had been a great Premier League title race and, since a table of Chelsea players had just arrived hot-foot from their satisfyingly scoreless encounter at Arsenal, I suppose it was only polite to […]

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Why Aren’t The FA Doing More To Help The FA Cup?

As I write this, Monday-morning feeling exacerbated by headlines lamenting the scenes involving both sets of supporters at Villa Park, there are only two things that can redeem the FA Cup weekend. One is a great match between Manchester United at Old Trafford. The other is a belated recognition that replays should be abandoned. That […]

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There was much food for thought in Jose’s latest ‘rant’

The first two newspapers I picked up this morning described Jose Mourinho’s appearance on the Sky Sports sofa as a ‘’tirade’’ and a ‘’blast’’. This told us more about the journo-hype that now pervades every section of the press than it did about the Chelsea manager’s reasoned arguments, which, to be fair to the papers, […]

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With 1 & 2 settled, who will complete the Top 4?

Positions one and two were settled, for me, on Saturday evening. Not that there ever seemed much doubt about Chelsea’s title credentials; it was just that they filled in a significant gap (to which Bradford City had pointed with four FA Cup goals) by withstanding everything Manchester City could throw at them and still getting […]

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How Times Have Changed (For) Arsenal

In winning 2-0 at Manchester City, on turf where last season they had lost 6-3, Arsenal looked a different proposition. But something else was different, quite apart from the absence of Yaya Toure. I mean the kick-off time. It was 4pm. Last season the fixture began at 12.45. So did Arsenal’s away matches in the […]

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Gerrard Liverpool’s Greatest Ever? Let’s Not Be Hasty

It’s going to be a long goodbye. Steven Gerrard made sure of that first by telling interviewers two months ago that he intended to play on whether Liverpool gave him a new contract or not, and then by confirming last week that he indeed hankered for pastures new, which would have to be overseas because […]

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Jose’s Latest Outburst Isn’t Fooling Anybody

So accustomed are we to Jose Mourinho playing mind games that we are a bit perplexed when he just emits, from that entertainingly Machiavellian mouth, a load of old rubbish. Thus it was on Sunday, when the Chelsea manager talked of a ‘’campaign’’ against his club involving an unlikely alliance of rival managers, pundits and […]

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