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

MY APPROACH TO TRAINING IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2019

Du Malone writes: Oliver Jensen’s approach to training is rather different from that of our own manager, Grigor Pasha — but our readers will no doubt welcome a diversity of views.

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To look at him, you wouldn’t know that the football manager is racked by insecurity

Grigor Pasha writes: It's early October; we've played 10 league matches and are fourth. We're level on points with the leaders, Lokomotive Gorna and we have a game in hand. Why, then, do I spend so much of time feeling racked with insecurity? A tendency to concede late-on is one reason. A bigger one is … Continue reading To look at him, you wouldn’t know that the football manager is racked by insecurity

Squad assessment: engaging with the specifics

Grigor Pasha writes: While Chairman Avdzhiev is busy trying to shift the players I've designated for exit, I've moved to the next stage of my assessment of the squad. This has focused on leadership and set pieces. Under set pieces I include not only penalties, corners, free kicks, and long throws, but also long shots. … Continue reading Squad assessment: engaging with the specifics

Grigor Pasha’s one-stop guide to team training

Grigor Pasha writes: I take team training very seriously. This is not just because I'm a disciplinarian (though I am that). It's also because I don't like to tinker too much with team selection or tactics. You can think of me as an anti-Ranieri. But when things aren't going well, or you just went them … Continue reading Grigor Pasha’s one-stop guide to team training