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 been arrived, has been fired, and his replacement has arrived. Am I right? DIRECTOR 2: Yes. And of course as … 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

That’s the way a season crumbles: the surprising outcomes of a season review

Grigor Pasha writes: Our 2021-22 season in Liga 2 started well. We went unbeaten for 10 games. Then, having lost to Hermannstadt on 26 September, we didn't lose again (in the league) until 9 April, when we lost to Universitatea Cluj. Before the Cluj game we looked nailed-on for automatic promotion. After that game,we  didn't … Continue reading That’s the way a season crumbles: the surprising outcomes of a season review

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

Tables turned: In which a manager assesses the chairman’s performance

FAO: The Chairman of Neftochimic 1962 Dear Mr Danchev, Thank you for your evaluation of my performance as of 1 November 2022. I agree that September proved a disappointing month. I would like to draw your attention to one aspect of our play, namely goalkeeper performance. Young Ivaylov Iliev is an improving goalie with plenty … Continue reading Tables turned: In which a manager assesses the chairman’s performance

Bias in FM content creation: the case of agents

Du Malone writes: Earlier this season I published a post about what I call 360° club management. The idea is based on the perception, gained from blogs and podcasts, that there is a persistent bias in the notion of management as it is applied to FM. Bias in FM content The bias runs as follows: … Continue reading Bias in FM content creation: the case of agents

Managing your players through contracts: football and stakeholder management

Grigor Pasha writes: Exploration of online content (especially podcasts) on football management suggest that there is a common assumption that contracts are not where it's at. Players, transfers, tactics: yes, they attract attention. But contracts, no. They seem to be consigned to the mental category of 'admin'. Boring. Merely clerical. To any manager who thinks … Continue reading Managing your players through contracts: football and stakeholder management

Assessing strategy for club development: a worked example

Grigor Pasha writes: June 2021. In a couple of previous posts I outlined my managerial strategy. In one I argued that there are two types of football manager -- the hunter-gatherer and the cultivator. I explained that, contrary to my personality, I'd decided that the optimum strategy here at Neftochimic 1962 was the latter. I … Continue reading Assessing strategy for club development: a worked example

In the mild midwinter: in praise of the mid-season break

Grigor Pasha writes: Jan 2021. It's the winter break here in Bulgaria. I know the pros and cons of winter breaks are something journalists love to start a debate on, when they're too lazy to do any real reporting. In Bulgaria, the break is the obvious pragmatic choice. Though winters here in Burgas, on the … Continue reading In the mild midwinter: in praise of the mid-season break

FM goes green: football and stakeholder management

Du Malone writes: In a previous post our manager, Grigor Pasha, has outlined his approach, as a club manager, to stakeholder management. By stakeholder he means any party that influences, or is influenced by his club, Neftochimic 1962. Principally, he's referring to players, former players and staff, club directors/owners/investors, sponsors, football authorities, match officials, agents, affiliates, … Continue reading FM goes green: football and stakeholder management