Grigor Pasha writes: As I explained in my previous post, my club development is to seek to meet the board’s expectation of a top-half finish whilst, crucially, giving the youngsters in the squad the opportunity to develop.

The agricultural approach to club management

This makes me, in my role as manager of Neftochimic 1962, a farmer.

I plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land — or on the pitch, to be more precise.

Instead of

“two acres of barley,
One of potatoes, four bullocks,
A milker”
— and, incidentally, what kind of formation is that? — it’s (from our intake)
“two midfielders,
One striker, four defenders”
We seem to have found the kind of tactics that work for us. Now it’s just a matter of trying to get through to harvest time (the season’s end) without mishap.
I believe this essentially agricultural strategy is optimal for the club. There’s only one problem: it’s boring as hell.
I don’t really want to be just watching the crops coming up, day after day.

What is the alternative?

By nature I’m obviously more of a hunter-gatherer.
I want the freedom to range and the resources with which to pounce. I want to wind down the car window to be interviewed on transfer deadline day.
Why, perhaps I should be a Chief Scout, rather than a manger. Or an agent.
This is my predicament: I’m a hunter-gatherer manager stuck in a cultivator club.
Poetry quotation: Paul Muldoon, ‘Why Brownlee left

Photograph credit: ‘Farming‘ by chetan jawale , generously made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license 

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