Du Malone writes: Once the 2021-22 season had closed, manager Grigor Pasha decided that he needed to make some changes in the goalkeeping department. The problem He wasn't happy with the no.1 choice, Vlad Mutiu. It wasn't that he made glaring errors. It was just that every now and then a goal would go in … Continue reading Player acquisition: a simple process for making complex decisions
Mariya writes: Early June: the inter-season. As usual I've come up the coast from Burgas to spend a few days with my half-brother, Grigor -- aka manager of FC Farul Constanta. And we've come to our usual restaurant. We like the fish and the pleasantly dry Fetească Neagră. 'Well, Grigor,' I say, once we are … Continue reading Survival in the Romanian top tier — no sweat
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
Du Malone writes: I reblog this post from FMathlete for two reasons. First, like Grigor Pasha, he’s managing Farul Constanta in Romania (though he’s a couple of seasons ahead of Pasha). And, second, it’s the only post I’ve read on that deals with the topic of squad numbering.
Welcome back to the bustling city of Constanta where the Sharks are gearing up for their first full season with Frank Athlete at the helm. This season took me almost two months to complete, largely down to several work trips preventing me from getting some decent game time in.
Nonetheless, I’m delighted to bring you an update from the Black Sea and will also share my musings on the role of squad numbering – a topic that will have some of you drooling at the mouth and rest of you now asleep in a heap, but hear me out anyway!
Shall we get on with it?
I can’t say I’m not pleased about it, I’m delighted, but there’s so much more to come from this team. I really hope they can live up to my expectations, and push on to the next level within the next year or…
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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
Du Malone writes: My concern here is with the question of how to navigate one specific scenario on FM -- a scenario akin to a game within a game. I call it the Locked Room scenario. The scenario To be precise: it involves starting a save with (a) zero space funds and (b) a squad … Continue reading A challenging scenario in FM — or how to escape from a locked room
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
Burgas News has reported that police were summoned to the car park of Neftochimic 1962, where chairman Petar Danchev's BMW was seriously vandalised. It appears to have been attacked with a sledgehammer. In addition, obscene graffiti was scrawled on the car's windows in indelible ink. The police are said to be stumped: neither they nor … Continue reading Readers help needed to solve nasty crime in Burgas
Grigor Pasha writes: The arrival of the winter break found Neftochimic in third place, in one of the play-off places in the Bulgarian second tier. I hadn't expected to achieve such a lofty position. The question then was what to do about squad development. Context In most clubs that question would concern whether to strengthen … Continue reading A fundamental decision for a football manager: reviewing the squad
Grigor Pasha writes: The regulations for the Bulgarian second tier aren't particularly complicated. It's not like the MLS, where you need someone to write a guide to help you make sense of it all. But there are a couple of regulations that could trip you up if you're not paying attention. The first, the implications … Continue reading League regulations: a second depth charge