We can turn this round. The fightback begins HERE!

SCENE I: First thing, 26 September 2019 -- the day after Mykolaiv have been dumped out of the Ukranian Cup. The manager's office. Dramatis personae: Grigor Pasha (manager); Anatoliy Didenko (assistant manager); Roman Chumak (goalkeeper coach). PASHA: I thought we'd get together and talk about how to approach the next few days. [Nods of agreement.] … Continue reading We can turn this round. The fightback begins HERE!

How negotiating contracts is like juggling

Du Malone writes: This is the fourth of a series of posts on the theme of contracts, negotiation, and agents on FM. A common practice on FM is to begin contract negotiations by striking out clauses and bonuses. "No, you're not getting a percentage sell-on": DELETE! "No, you're not getting a goal bonus": DELETE! It … Continue reading How negotiating contracts is like juggling

When negotiations take you to your sticking point

Du Malone writes: This post is the third of an extended series on the topic of contracts in FM. Homo ludens: playing the negotiation game You're about to negotiate a contract -- let's say you're offering to renew your physio's contract. When you open your bidding, you probably don't start by bidding either the amount … Continue reading When negotiations take you to your sticking point

What is the secret of contracts in FM? Timing!

Du Malone writes: This post is the second in a series dealing with the topics of contracts, their negotiation, and agents. The post explores the question of when contracts should be negotiated. A pitfall in the negotiation of contracts in FM concerns sub-optimal timing. Specifically, there's a tendency to seek to deal with lots of … Continue reading What is the secret of contracts in FM? Timing!

Approaching contracts in FM

Du Malone writes: This post is the first in a series dealing with the topics of contracts, their negotiation, and agents. The post explores the question of how to think about contracts in general. Conception of contracts The content I've read suggests that FMers sometimes think of contracts under the rubric of 'Admin'. Which is … Continue reading Approaching contracts in FM

Contracts in FM: series introduction

Du Malone writes: This is to introduce a series of posts on what I believe to be a neglected subject, namely contracts. Outside FM ITRW my work has, for decades, involved the negotiation of contracts. Most have been small beer. And, for the most part, their negotiation has been routine. Every now and then, though, … Continue reading Contracts in FM: series introduction

How to motivate your staff

22 July 2019. The urinals, staff toilets, Central Stadium, MFC Mykolaiv. Dramatis Personae: Chairman; Grigor Pasha (manager). CHAIRMAN: Very disappointing result against Metalurg Zaporizhzhya on Saturday, Pasha. PASHA: [Thinks: well thanks for clarifying that -- I had thought you might have welcomed a defeat, you idiot.] Yes, it was that. CHAIRMAN: Shame we couldn't even … Continue reading How to motivate your staff

MFC Mikolaiv ON FIRE!

13 July 2019. Southern Ukraine's equivalent of Final Score. ANCHOR: The final whistle's gone at Mykolaiv. REPORTER: Yes - and it's finished Mykolaiv 5 Kremin 1. Mykolaiv were good value for their win with braces from the two strikers, Soldatov and Kravchenko, before midfielder Zarichnyuk added the fifth. Their job was made easier by poor … Continue reading MFC Mikolaiv ON FIRE!

Can I trust the gaffer?

13 August 2019. MFC Mykolaiv full back Roman Kunev is enjoying the evening sunshine in Shevchenka Park, ruminating: I'm glad we moved to Mykolaiv. I mean, when I was with Girnyk Sport in Horisni Plavni, life was fine. But I prefer it down by the coast. The air relaxes me. As for the club, it's … Continue reading Can I trust the gaffer?

Tactical review at the Atmosfera bar

End of the working day, 6 August 2020. Atmosfera bar, Central Avenue, Mykolaiv. Dramatis personae: Grigor Pasha (MFC Mykolaiv manager); Anatoliy Didenko (assistant manager) [PASHA places a familiar diagram on the table.] PASHA: So, half a dozen games in: what's our view of the tactic? DIDENKO: Even now, every time I look at the graphic, … Continue reading Tactical review at the Atmosfera bar