Scouting for goalkeepers

3 June 2019. The manager's office, Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. DRAMATIS PERSONAE: Grigor Pasha (manager); Andrey Zacharov (Chief Scout) and Pavel Ignatenko (Scout). Yuriy Chaus (Director of Football) is expected, but has been delayed by matters pertaining to his new responsibility managing the U21s. PASHA: So you asked me how we should scout for goalies. Let … Continue reading Scouting for goalkeepers

Guerilla scouting

30 May 2019. The manager's office, Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. DRAMATIS PERSONAE: Grigor Pasha (manager); Andrey Zacharov (Chief Scout) and Pavel Ignatenko (Scout). Yuriy Chaus (Director of Football) is expected but has been delayed by matters pertaining to his new responsibility managing the U21s. PASHA: OK, so the database is reasonably extensive. But actually that constitutes … Continue reading Guerilla scouting

Team selection and player acquisition: may be we’ve been doing it all wrong?

Du Malone writes: There's this striker who's just had a phenomenal season. He's been banging the goals in left, right, and centre. And he's just finished as the league's leading goalscorer. An then this other striker who has never hit such heights. He's been playing several seasons now, but has never finished as the leading … Continue reading Team selection and player acquisition: may be we’ve been doing it all wrong?

A personality-based scouting hack

Du Malone: In A scouting hack inspired by Brian Clough, Grigor Pasha announced that he had developed three and a half scouting hacks. He then explained one of these. Naturally, the hope was that the community would pounce on this and vehemently demand to know what the other two and a half hacks were. Unaccountably, … Continue reading A personality-based scouting hack

Player acquisition on #FM20: applying Arrigo Sacchi’s approach

Du Malone writes: In this, the third post in my series on learning from Arrigo Sacchi's approach at AC Milan, I consider what kind of players to acquire. Total football? In the account of Saccho's tactics that I treat as canonical, namely Raghunandhanan Narasimhan's article on Football bloody hell, reference is made to Sacchi's admiration … Continue reading Player acquisition on #FM20: applying Arrigo Sacchi’s approach

Squad development: the roundtable approach

SCENE: Football manager's office. It is an office of two halves. The half nearer the window is dominated by a tatty desk from the 1970s. On the desk are in, pending, and out trays, with paper spilling out of them. There are also various other piles of paper: from the looks of things this manager … Continue reading Squad development: the roundtable approach

A scouting hack inspired by Brian Clough

  Du Malone writes: Grigor Pasha's post below makes sense on its own. But it will make more sense if you'd care first to listen England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott talking about Brian Clough, here (from about 1:10) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3NbgNr_Rbk. The gist concerns former Derby County winger Alan Hinton. When Boycott watched him he thought … Continue reading A scouting hack inspired by Brian Clough