On the unintended consequences of contracts

Du Malone writes: This is the sixth of a series of posts on the theme of contracts, negotiation, and agents on FM. You decide to give your defender a hefty clean-sheet bonus. That should help: the more clean sheets we keep, the more points we're likely to accumulate. What could possibly go wrong? And you … Continue reading On the unintended consequences of contracts

Two ways to read a contract

Du Malone writes: This is the fifth of a series of posts on the theme of contracts, negotiation, and agents on FM. This post presents a lesson that I learned in my professional life. I'm not 100% certain, but I'm pretty sure that I learned it from a book by a literary agent -- Carole … Continue reading Two ways to read a contract

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

What size pitch does the gaffer want?

3 June. Pitch-side, MFC Mykolaiv's Central Stadium. Dramatis Personae: Grigor Pasha (manager); Yorik (groundsman). YORIK: So, boss, the pitch we had marked out is on the small side. 115 yards by 74. We could add as much as 24 yards to the width, if you'd like. PASHA: The plan, at least to start with, is … Continue reading What size pitch does the gaffer want?

What on earth is going on at MFC Mykolaiv?

Date and time: lunchtime 27 May 2019. Scene: Restaurant La Terrazza & Roppongi, Mykolaiv Cast: two directors of MFC Mykolaiv DIRECTOR 1: An uneventful morning then. All that's happened is that our new manager has arrived, has been fired, and his replacement has arrived. Am I right? DIRECTOR 2: Yes. And of course as mere … Continue reading What on earth is going on at MFC Mykolaiv?

Let the people speak: a fresh approach to blogging about FM

Du Malone writes: In my recent post about blog writing, I drew attention to the central question for bloggers of whether to write in role. In that post I made the assumption that writing in role entailed writing as if you were a football manager. But researching this topic has reminded me that bloggers do … Continue reading Let the people speak: a fresh approach to blogging about FM