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

Say not the struggle nought availeth

30 May 2020. Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Goalkeeping coach Roman Chumak is in the stand, watching the final fixture of the league campaign.¬†There are two relegation places to be decided and four teams in danger of the drop, of which MFC Mykolaiv are one. Mykolaiv are at home to Obolon-Brewer, who have secured a place in … Continue reading Say not the struggle nought availeth

Will we go down to the third tier?

30 May 2020. Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Goalkeeping coach Roman Chumak is in the stand, watching the final fixture of the league campaign. There are two relegation places to be decided and four teams in danger of the drop, of which MFC Mykolaiv are one. Mykolaiv are at home to Obolon-Brewer, who have secured a place … Continue reading Will we go down to the third tier?

Elegy written in a west Ukrainian stadium

23 May 2020. Yunist Stadium, western Ukraine. Grigor Pasha, manager of Mykolaiv in the Ukrainian second tier, is reflecting after the game. After that drubbing at Prykarpattya, I was expecting the sack. It didn't happen. I guess they reasoned that, with only four fixtures left, it was too late to make a change. I made … Continue reading Elegy written in a west Ukrainian stadium

What the goalie said to himself

25 April 2020. The Karpathian foothills. Goalkeeper Amir Agalarov is on the MFC Mykolaiv bench, waiting for the game at¬†Prykarpattya to get under way. I'm hoping that Yaroslav Kotlyarov will get injured in the first minute. Not badly, of course: I wouldn't wish that on anyone. But just enough for him to have to come … Continue reading What the goalie said to himself

Revival or a dead cat bounce? Diary of a manager

Spring 2020. Southern Ukraine. Extracts from the diary of Grigor Pasha, manager of second-tier MFC Mykolaiv. 23 March So, we had some fun hosting some friendly competitions -- the Black Sea Shield and the Black Sea Trophy. We got our squad match fit and, most importantly, our so-called sharp shooters -- Kravchenko, Soldatov, and Malyarchuk … Continue reading Revival or a dead cat bounce? Diary of a manager