Thinking about personality: beyond good and evil

Du Malone writes: There's a natural tendency, when thinking about personality on FM, to adopt a Manichean mentality, seeking to divide personality types into those that are good and those that are bad. There is, I think, some truth in this. Take, for example, the mercifully rare 'spineless' type. I haven't managed to think of … Continue reading Thinking about personality: beyond good and evil

Thoughts on playing with or against 10 men

Du Malone writes: Had I planned this post I would have collected data, as I went along, from matches in which there was a sending-off. But I've only just thought of it -- so what follows is based on good ole non-numerical observation and reflection. Red card for the opposition I do make some effort … Continue reading Thoughts on playing with or against 10 men

10 reasons I’m enjoying managing in Turkey

Du Malone writes: Since autumn 2019 I've been following a Black Sea strategy on FM. My manager, Grigor Pasha, has worked clockwise around the coast, managing teams in Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine, before skipping on to Pazarspor in Turkey. To date, he's been in post for 2779 days and we've both been enjoying the experience … Continue reading 10 reasons I’m enjoying managing in Turkey

Learning from FM blogs: custom views

Du Malone writes: In recent weeks I've been reviewing my collation of FM content, asking myself which pieces have had the greatest effect on the way that I play. Here I focus on a pair of posts by FMStag on Dictate the Game, in which he shows how to make playing FM less arduous by … Continue reading Learning from FM blogs: custom views

Playing FM when it all goes wrong

Du Malone writes: The shelves of the business sections of bookshops and libraries are crammed with books telling the stories of successful ventures. There are far fewer volumes on failure. I understand why people like to broadcast their successes. And don't knock it: such writing can make for inspiring reading. But I find if you … Continue reading Playing FM when it all goes wrong

Player acquisition and contracts: the role of the intermediary

Du Malone writes: This post is the tenth in a series on contracts in FM. Do you grow all your own food? And make all your own clothes? For most people, the answer will be No. Which is an indication that (a) they benefit from the services of intermediaries (for example, retailers, distributors, and wholesalers) … Continue reading Player acquisition and contracts: the role of the intermediary

How paying agents more can save your club money

Du Malone writes: This is the ninth of a series of posts on the theme of contracts, negotiation, and agents on FM. In the leagues I've tended to manage in, in recent years -- typically, the Balkans and eastern Europe, starting in the second tier -- not all players have agents, but some do. And … Continue reading How paying agents more can save your club money

Working with, rather than against, the agent’s bias

Du Malone writes: This post is the eighth of an extended series on the topic of contracts in FM. If you are managing in a league in which players have agents, it helps in the negotiation of contracts to recognise that agents are biased. This might seem like a statement of the blindingly obvious. I … Continue reading Working with, rather than against, the agent’s bias

Finding out what price you have to pay to get out of going through all these things thrice

Grigor Pasha writes: It's early December, 2022. The winter break has just started here in the Ukraine. Time to take stock. As we entered the winter break in 2019-21, MFC Mykolaiv were one place above the relegation zone. At the same time in 2020-21, we were one place below that. And now, in my third … Continue reading Finding out what price you have to pay to get out of going through all these things thrice

What a difference a year makes in football management

Grigor Pasha writes: June 2021. Here is a summary of my first two years at MFC Mykolaiv in the Ukrainian second tier. First season We start well.We go into freefall.We arrive at the winter break just above the relegation zone.After the winter break we stage a couple of mini-revivals, both of which peter out.We go … Continue reading What a difference a year makes in football management