We can turn this round. The fightback begins HERE!

SCENE I: First thing, 26 September 2019 -- the day after Mykolaiv have been dumped out of the Ukranian Cup. The manager's office. Dramatis personae: Grigor Pasha (manager); Anatoliy Didenko (assistant manager); Roman Chumak (goalkeeper coach). PASHA: I thought we'd get together and talk about how to approach the next few days. [Nods of agreement.] … Continue reading We can turn this round. The fightback begins HERE!

Set pieces, stupid

Grigor Pasha writes: As I reported in my previous post, at the end of the the 2021-22 regular programme we blew automatic promotion from Liga 2. The last 8 matches of the programme went LLLWLLD. 4 points from a possible 21. But that dismal run conceals a radical change. Changing the playbook Between the penultimate … Continue reading Set pieces, stupid

We need to talk about the central defence

Grigor Pasha writes: At present we are playing, In Romania's Liga 2, with a 3 - 2 (WBs) - 2 - 1 (trequartista) - 2 formation. The main challenge arising from this decision is finding a sufficient number of decent centre backs (CBs). Here's how I've tried to solve that problem On the right, as … Continue reading We need to talk about the central defence

We need to talk about goalkeepers

Grigor Pasha writes: When I took over at FC Farul Constanta, in the summer of 2019, they had two goalkeepers on their staff. The senior partner was the club captain, Vlad Mutiu. And the understudy was the promising Andrei Udeanu. I like building determined teams, so I welcomed Vlad's determination. I also welcomed his roundedness: … Continue reading We need to talk about goalkeepers

How to keep your players fit and free from injury

Du Malone writes: I’m far from expert about what goes on, on the pitch. So to succeed at Football Manager (FM) I have to attend closely to what goes on, off it. One area in which I do seem to succeed is management of injuries and fitness. My aim is always that, when the match … Continue reading How to keep your players fit and free from injury

Team training on #FM20: deriving an approach from Sacchi’s AC Milan

Du Malone writes: This post is the fourth in the series on the application to FM20 of Arrigo Sacchi's managerial approach. I am basing my understanding of Sacchi's approach on an article in Football bloody hell written by Raghunandhanan Narasimhan. As I wrote in my introductory post, for me one of the attractions of that … Continue reading Team training on #FM20: deriving an approach from Sacchi’s AC Milan

How we won the league: the story told in four acts

Grigor Pasha writes: Prologue In the least few matches of my first season (2019-20) in charge at Chernomorets Balchik, we had finished well -- three wins and a draw. That probably helped us get off to a good start in the second. So too did the fact that three loanees stayed on for a second … Continue reading How we won the league: the story told in four acts

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

One-on-ones in FM20: Against the conventional wisdom

Du Malone writes: It's clear from following many FM-based accounts on Twitter that one-on-ones -- specifically the paucity of goals resulting from them -- is widely perceived as a major problem with FM20. Evidently, and sadly, some people have even ceased to play the game because of this. I certainly don't doubt the genuineness of … Continue reading One-on-ones in FM20: Against the conventional wisdom

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