Date and time: lunchtime 27 May 2019. Scene: Restaurant La Terrazza & Roppongi, Mykolaiv Cast: two directors of MFC Mykolaiv DIRECTOR 1: An uneventful morning then. All that's happened is that our new manager has been arrived, has been fired, and his replacement has arrived. Am I right? DIRECTOR 2: Yes. And of course as … Continue reading What on earth is going on at MFC Mykolaiv?
Time and date: mid-morning, 27 May 2019. Scene: The office of the MFC Mykolaiv's chairman. Cast: the chairman; Grigor Pasha; and Anotoliy Didenko. CHAIRMAN: Are, here's Didenko, your assistant manager. Didenko, let me intodruce you to your new manager. DIDENKO: Mr Blyznyuk... CHAIRMAN: Er, no, Didenko. This isn't Mr Blyznyk. Mr Blyznyk did indeed start … Continue reading The remarkable history and distinctive culture of MFC Mikolaiv
Time and date: mid-morning, 27 May 2019. Scene: The MFC Mykolaiv car park. A football manager is on his mobile, speaking to his spouse. SPOUSE: Hello, dear. How is your first morning in charge going? MANAGER: Well, that's what I'm phoning about. It's isn't going. It's gone. SPOUSE: Whatever do you mean? MANAGER: I've been … Continue reading Blink and you miss it: a manager’s career
Du Malone writes: In my recent post about blog writing, I drew attention to the central question for bloggers of whether to write in role. In that post I made the assumption that writing in role entailed writing as if you were a football manager. But researching this topic has reminded me that bloggers do … Continue reading Let the people speak: a fresh approach to blogging about FM
Du Malone writes: Knowledge on FM receives a predominantly postmodern treatment. Any number of stakeholders are on hand to inform you of the truth, which they often do with great confidence and certainty: yet their views conflict. You don't know who to believe. Shifting sands Your assistant manager tells you you're being over-run in midfield. … Continue reading But what about match ratings? An FM oddity
Du Malone writes: FM20 has -- I think to the liking of the FM community -- introduced the notion of a club vision, in which the board sets out its expectations for the next few years. The vision isn't set in stone: it is liable to change and, in my experience at least, in fact … Continue reading Now that we have club visions, why not save visions?
Du Malone writes: The advent of FM20 has seen the FM blogosphere flourish. And there seems now to be a second wave of this flourishing as yet more people begin blogging. Perhaps the coronavirus lock-down is encouraging this kind of creativity. Some months ago I wrote a post aiming to provide some guidance for novice … Continue reading Writing a save-based blog: the basic decision
Du Malone writes: The word is that, after five years at FC Farul Constanta, our manager Grigor Pasha's motivation is waning. They've been five good years. After three years in Liga 2, the club was promoted to Liga 1, where it's consolidated its position without difficulty. Pasha's match record reads as follows: P202; W87; D49; … Continue reading When to stop? An FM quandary
Du Malone writes: I’m reblogging this post because think it’s engaging when an FM blogger uses narrative form to explore issues in the game.
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Part 1 – Getting to know the team
It´s officially my first day on the job. I had planned out my vision for the team.I had watched hours upon hours of videos from Toulouse´s previous season to have a better idea of what I should find waiting for me. Nothing is like the first training sessions to get a better idea though. To get a better idea of the team and how the dynamics work, I followed Ancelotti´s example. In the beginning, the maestro stays in the background, doing nothing but observing. (You can learn more from him in his book Quiet Leadership, among others.)
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Du Malone writes: Once the 2021-22 season had closed, manager Grigor Pasha decided that he needed to make some changes in the goalkeeping department. The problem He wasn't happy with the no.1 choice, Vlad Mutiu. It wasn't that he made glaring errors. It was just that every now and then a goal would go in … Continue reading Player acquisition: a simple process for making complex decisions