Yes, I can trust the gaffer, but…

Late September 2019. MFC Mykolaiv right-back Roman Kunev is enjoying some gentle autumnal sunshine in Shevchenka Park, ruminating: Last time I was sitting here, back in the summer, I was wondering whether I could trust Grigor Pasha, the newly installed gaffer at MFC Mykolaiv. When I joined the club, a condition was that he'd strengthen … Continue reading Yes, I can trust the gaffer, but…

What is the secret of contracts in FM? Timing!

Du Malone writes: This post is the second in a series dealing with the topics of contracts, their negotiation, and agents. The post explores the question of when contracts should be negotiated. A pitfall in the negotiation of contracts in FM concerns sub-optimal timing. Specifically, there's a tendency to seek to deal with lots of … Continue reading What is the secret of contracts in FM? Timing!

Approaching contracts in FM

Du Malone writes: This post is the first in a series dealing with the topics of contracts, their negotiation, and agents. The post explores the question of how to think about contracts in general. Conception of contracts The content I've read suggests that FMers sometimes think of contracts under the rubric of 'Admin'. Which is … Continue reading Approaching contracts in FM

Contracts in FM: series introduction

Du Malone writes: This is to introduce a series of posts on what I believe to be a neglected subject, namely contracts. Outside FM ITRW my work has, for decades, involved the negotiation of contracts. Most have been small beer. And, for the most part, their negotiation has been routine. Every now and then, though, … Continue reading Contracts in FM: series introduction

How to motivate your staff

22 July 2019. The urinals, staff toilets, Central Stadium, MFC Mykolaiv. Dramatis Personae: Chairman; Grigor Pasha (manager). CHAIRMAN: Very disappointing result against Metalurg Zaporizhzhya on Saturday, Pasha. PASHA: [Thinks: well thanks for clarifying that -- I had thought you might have welcomed a defeat, you idiot.] Yes, it was that. CHAIRMAN: Shame we couldn't even … Continue reading How to motivate your staff

FM Content Creation: A few thoughts

Du Malone writes: I’m reblogging this post by Rock End’s FM because I found it fascinating to read. It strikes me as both a reflective and expressive piece, touching on many themes of importance.

Rock's End FM

Hello guys. Today I meant to release Chapter 6 of the Livorno Series, but after what’s been the most read post on this blog’s history and due to some thinking I’ve doing on what that means, I wanted to share a few thoughts on my motivation for starting this blog and FM content creation as a whole.

I really enjoyed writing the Lessons series, and it being a big success (in terms relative to this blog, of course) truly warmed my heart. As writer and journalist it made me happy that going a bit outside the tried and trusted formulas was received so well. I’m not saying anything new, of course; every day some motivational speaker is telling some hopeful creator to think ourside the box, to come up with something new. But as any writer, singer, painter, designer, etc. will tell you, it’s not that easy not is it…

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MFC Mikolaiv ON FIRE!

13 July 2019. Southern Ukraine's equivalent of Final Score. ANCHOR: The final whistle's gone at Mykolaiv. REPORTER: Yes - and it's finished Mykolaiv 5 Kremin 1. Mykolaiv were good value for their win with braces from the two strikers, Soldatov and Kravchenko, before midfielder Zarichnyuk added the fifth. Their job was made easier by poor … Continue reading MFC Mikolaiv ON FIRE!

Can I trust the gaffer?

13 August 2019. MFC Mykolaiv full back Roman Kunev is enjoying the evening sunshine in Shevchenka Park, ruminating: I'm glad we moved to Mykolaiv. I mean, when I was with Girnyk Sport in Horisni Plavni, life was fine. But I prefer it down by the coast. The air relaxes me. As for the club, it's … Continue reading Can I trust the gaffer?

Tactical review at the Atmosfera bar

End of the working day, 6 August 2020. Atmosfera bar, Central Avenue, Mykolaiv. Dramatis personae: Grigor Pasha (MFC Mykolaiv manager); Anatoliy Didenko (assistant manager) [PASHA places a familiar diagram on the table.] PASHA: So, half a dozen games in: what's our view of the tactic? DIDENKO: Even now, every time I look at the graphic, … Continue reading Tactical review at the Atmosfera bar

An old war horse’s final campaign

27 June 2019. The Kornutyak household, near Minaj, Ukraine. Personae dramatis: Volodymar Kornutyak; Mrs Kornutyak MRS K.: You seem sure that the move to MFC Mykolaiv would be right for you. KORNUTYAK: At my age, a move up from third tier to second is rare and not to be sneezed at. MRS K.: Will you … Continue reading An old war horse’s final campaign