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

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