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
30 May 2020. Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Goalkeeping coach Roman Chumak is in the stand, watching the final fixture of the league campaign. There are two relegation places to be decided and four teams in danger of the drop, of which MFC Mykolaiv are one. Mykolaiv are at home to Obolon-Brewer, who have secured a place in … Continue reading Say not the struggle nought availeth
30 May 2020. Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Goalkeeping coach Roman Chumak is in the stand, watching the final fixture of the league campaign. There are two relegation places to be decided and four teams in danger of the drop, of which MFC Mykolaiv are one. Mykolaiv are at home to Obolon-Brewer, who have secured a place … Continue reading Will we go down to the third tier?
23 May 2020. Yunist Stadium, western Ukraine. Grigor Pasha, manager of Mykolaiv in the Ukrainian second tier, is reflecting after the game. After that drubbing at Prykarpattya, I was expecting the sack. It didn't happen. I guess they reasoned that, with only four fixtures left, it was too late to make a change. I made … Continue reading Elegy written in a west Ukrainian stadium
Du Malone writes: Recently I was given the opportunity to review blog posts for Score More FM’s ‘Posts of the moment’ column. I finished the review by picking a new blog, ‘A thistle and the vale’ from JDH. I suggested it would be worth following.
Well, this opening narrative post doesn’t disappoint. I’m reblogging it here because I like the liveliness of the writing.
The Scottish Football calendar has drawn to a close, and whilst many outlets will be focused on the blue half of Glasgow’s return to the mountain top, this piece will focus on a team still trudging up towards basecamp. Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, are the team I will be focussing on today and their season in the East of Scotland League Conference B.
The pre-season started in a hectic manner, with the appointment of, recently retired Lowland League journeyman, Greig Porter as Manager. Having funded himself through his coaching courses but with only a short player/manager stint at Rosyth FC, this seemed like a risky manoeuvre. This sense of risk was heightened when at his initial press conference to a single journalist he stated his coaching influences where “Bielsa, Pep and Poch” and further described himself as a “pragmatic Bielsa” (surely an oxymoron as the influential Argentine can…
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Scene: Breakfast room, home of Girnyk-Sport manager, in Horishni Plavni, central Ukraine. Dramatic personae: Manager; his daughter; his son. DAUGHTER: You know, Dad, I'm looking forward to your winter break. MANAGER: Pleased to hear it. Any particular reason? DAUGHTER: Well, often I don't look forward to it. I mean, if the team you're managing isn't … Continue reading We need to make sure we don’t get complacent
Grigor Pasha writes: I've written before about the advantages of a winter break. Here in Romania it's long enough to introduce a new tactic. During the break we (that is, Farul Constanta) host three cup competitions, so that we can not only train a new tactic but also test it in match situations. I didn't … Continue reading Tactical transformation on the Black Sea: the advent of wingers
Grigor Pasha writes: The story has it that, just as Orpheus was about to emerge from Hades with his beloved Eurydice, he made the fatal error of turning to look backwards at her -- causing her to disappear. I think I committed a similar error with the previous blog post. The moment I decided to … Continue reading Tactical misjudgement: a case study
Grigor Pasha writes: In my first pre-season at Farul Constanta I wasn't able to organise any matches against big teams: those that were available wanted too much money. I sought to create interest by organising three cup competitions -- imaginatively named the Black Sea Shield, Black Sea Trophy, and Black Sea Cup -- against the … Continue reading Rapid descent into Romanian hell
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