Guerilla scouting

30 May 2019. The manager's office, Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. DRAMATIS PERSONAE: Grigor Pasha (manager); Andrey Zacharov (Chief Scout) and Pavel Ignatenko (Scout). Yuriy Chaus (Director of Football) is expected but has been delayed by matters pertaining to his new responsibility managing the U21s. PASHA: OK, so the database is reasonably extensive. But actually that constitutes … Continue reading Guerilla scouting

The view from the boot room: the world according to MFC Mykolaiv’s coaches

Mid-afternoon, 27 May 2019. Scene: the boot room at Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Cast: Dmytro Nazarenko (coach); Mykola Gibalyuk (coach); Roman Chumak (goalkeeping coach) NAZARENKO: The gaffer's meeting with the senior squad went very well. The expectation of staying up, no sweat, went down well. And the code of discipline was regarded as reasonable. Though personally … Continue reading The view from the boot room: the world according to MFC Mykolaiv’s coaches

Club management as brand management: the MFC Mykolaiv brand

Time and date: Just before lunch, 27 May 2019. Place: the manager's office, Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Cast: Grigor Pasha (manager); Anatoliy Didenko (assistant manager). Pasha has the air of a man in his element. Didenko has the look of the man who has been disconcerted by the rapidity and boldness of the his boss's decision-making. … Continue reading Club management as brand management: the MFC Mykolaiv brand

What do you do with a Director of Football?

Time and date: late morning, 27 May 2019. Place: the manager's office in MFC Mykolaiv's Central Stadium. New manager Grigor Pasha is thinking: Hmm, we have a Director of Football (DoF), Yuriy Chaus. I don't really want a DoF. I'm not really the delegating type. There's no way I'm letting him, or any other members … Continue reading What do you do with a Director of Football?

Special offer from MFC Mykolaiv: a 3-for-1 offer on left wingers

Time and date: late morning, 27 May 2019. Place: manager's office, Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Grigor Pasha was aware that, on his first day as manager of the club, he would be wanted by all kinds of people for all kinds of things. But they'd have to wait. He noticed, as he entered the manager's office, … Continue reading Special offer from MFC Mykolaiv: a 3-for-1 offer on left wingers

The remarkable history and distinctive culture of MFC Mikolaiv

Time and date: mid-morning, 27 May 2019. Scene: The office of the MFC Mykolaiv's chairman. Cast: the chairman; Grigor Pasha; and Anotoliy Didenko. CHAIRMAN: Are, here's Didenko, your assistant manager. Didenko, let me introduce you to your new manager. DIDENKO: Mr Blyznyuk... CHAIRMAN: Er, no, Didenko. This isn't Mr Blyznyk. Mr Blyznyk did indeed start … Continue reading The remarkable history and distinctive culture of MFC Mikolaiv

What Makes You Tick?

Du Malone writes: I’m reblogging this post because think it’s engaging when an FM blogger uses narrative form to explore issues in the game.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading it and also follow the links that the author has provided at the end.

Score More (FM)

Part 1 – Getting to know the team

It´s officially my first day on the job. I had planned out my vision for the team.I had watched hours upon hours of videos from Toulouse´s previous season to have a better idea of what I should find waiting for me. Nothing is like the first training sessions to get a better idea though. To get a better idea of the team and how the dynamics work, I followed Ancelotti´s example. In the beginning, the maestro stays in the background, doing nothing but observing. (You can learn more from him in his book Quiet Leadership, among others.)


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When It Just Isn’t Working…

Du Malone writes: On our Links page we have links to a couple of posts on what to do when you’re in a crisis. This post, which we reblog from The Tactical Annals, isn’t quite that. Rather it’s about what to do when you start off and find that performances are mediocre.

The Tactical Annals

Football Manager 2020 - game artworks at Riot PixelsYes, I am back on Football Manager, finally. After my much documented (if you follow me on Twitter (@JLAspey) technical problems with my laptop I have eventually been able to afford a new laptop – thanks to all who helped me pick one – and given our current existence of lockdown and me working from home as a teacher, I’ve had plenty of time to get back into FM20. Despite that, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s been easy, but more on that later. Before I continue, I do want to plug “The Italian Job”, a new Twitch series I’m doing with my good friends @watadam20 and @turntostone_ as we manage in Italy Image result for italy flag gif *insert Gazzetta theme*. I’m managing Sampdoria, and keep up with my Twitter for more info about when we’ll stream etc.

Anyway, back to my exploits since returning to FM20. My save is with Torpedo Zhodino…

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Rapid descent into Romanian hell

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

Day One at a Club: an iconoclastic approach

Grigor Pasha writes: Here are some key features of the context in which I have begun to manage Farul Constanta in the Romanian Second League: we have virtually no spare budget for wages (or transfers); we have no scouts; it's 27 May; the players return fro training in late June. Go online, there are numerous … Continue reading Day One at a Club: an iconoclastic approach