How to develop a club: get those positive cycles going!

In this edition of Black Sea FM, Du Malone interviews Grigor Pasha, manager of Chernomorets Balchik. Context: success on the Black Sea coast Du Malone: Pasha has been in charge at Balchik for four seasons. In his second season, they won the Bulgarian Second League. In the third season, when the First League split into … Continue reading How to develop a club: get those positive cycles going!

How we won the league: the story told in four acts

Grigor Pasha writes: Prologue In the least few matches of my first season (2019-20) in charge at Chernomorets Balchik, we had finished well -- three wins and a draw. That probably helped us get off to a good start in the second. So too did the fact that three loanees stayed on for a second … Continue reading How we won the league: the story told in four acts

Appointing staff: Neftochimic’s approach

Grigor Pasha writes: I didn't have high hopes of what I'd find at Neftochimic in terms of staff. I started here as manager in early May and the players weren't due back until mid-June, so my aim was to have a new backroom team in place ready to greet them. In fact I was pleasantly … Continue reading Appointing staff: Neftochimic’s approach

Initial squad assessment: a pragmatic approach

Grigor Pasha writes: In preparation for taking up the reins at Neftochimic 1962 I spoke to lots of people and did some online reading. What, I wanted to know, should a manager do early doors? What I found was a consensus that: an incoming manager should focus on squad assessment this requires detailed analysis. But … Continue reading Initial squad assessment: a pragmatic approach

Friendly competitions: signalling intent

Grigor Pasha writes: My method for getting the players fit, pre-season, and fit again, during the winter break, is in both periods to organise a sequence of three cup competitions, one per week. To date we've named the competitions after out Chief Physio, our Head of Sport Scientist, and Club Doctor, Ema Ruseva. Next season … Continue reading Friendly competitions: signalling intent

The most important thing a (lower league) manager can do

Grigor Pasha writes: The formalities -- yes, I'll meet the press; no don't arrange an inter-squad friendly; no don't send me a copy of the club's 'proud' history -- oh, you just have, anyway (exactly what definition of 'proud' are you using? -- over, I turn to the real business: appointing staff. More specifically, appointing … Continue reading The most important thing a (lower league) manager can do