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

How to manage match officials? 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, apparently, any party that influences, or is influenced by his club, Neftochimic 1962. Principally, he means staff, players, former players and staff, club directors/owners/investors, sponsors, football authorities, match officials, agents, affiliates, other clubs, the media, the local community, … Continue reading How to manage match officials? Football and stakeholder management

Football and stakeholder management

Grigor Pasha writes: It is natural that I should feel an affinity for the Black sea: I was born on it, during a ferry crossing; I've worked on it, in the merchant navy; and I've lived and worked beside it, as a player, a security 'consultant', and now as a manager. My affinity for the … Continue reading Football and stakeholder management