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

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