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

The view from the boot room: the world according to MFC Mykolaiv’s coaches

Mid-afternoon, 27 May 2019. Scene: the boot room at Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Cast: Dmytro Nazarenko (coach); Mykola Gibalyuk (coach); Roman Chumak (goalkeeping coach) NAZARENKO: The gaffer's meeting with the senior squad went very well. The expectation of staying up, no sweat, went down well. And the code of discipline was regarded as reasonable. Though personally … Continue reading The view from the boot room: the world according to MFC Mykolaiv’s coaches

What Makes You Tick?

Du Malone writes: I’m reblogging this post because think it’s engaging when an FM blogger uses narrative form to explore issues in the game.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading it and also follow the links that the author has provided at the end.

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Part 1 – Getting to know the team

It´s officially my first day on the job. I had planned out my vision for the team.I had watched hours upon hours of videos from Toulouse´s previous season to have a better idea of what I should find waiting for me. Nothing is like the first training sessions to get a better idea though. To get a better idea of the team and how the dynamics work, I followed Ancelotti´s example. In the beginning, the maestro stays in the background, doing nothing but observing. (You can learn more from him in his book Quiet Leadership, among others.)


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A season in the Bulgarian Second: A tale in five acts

Grigor Pasha writes: My first season (2019-20) at Chernomorets Balchik lends itself to division into five acts. Act I: Power struggle with the captain Right from the get-go I experienced problems with the incumbent captain, Genadi Alberto-Lugo. He played badly -- and then refused to accept criticism. He trained badly -- and then refused to … Continue reading A season in the Bulgarian Second: A tale in five acts