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

A challenging scenario in FM — or how to escape from a locked room

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

Tables turned: In which a manager assesses the chairman’s performance

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

Readers help needed to solve nasty crime in Burgas

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

A fundamental decision for a football manager: reviewing the squad

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

League regulations: a second depth charge

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

You’ve probably been thinking about agents all wrong

Grigor Pasha writes: In a previous post I said that I was looking for time to think through my management of Neftochimic 1962 from the perspective of stakeholder management. Well, since we haven't got a game this week, other than a friendly with Nesebar, I've devoted some time to thinking about the business of agents. … Continue reading You’ve probably been thinking about agents all wrong

An #FM20 silver generation

Grigor Pasha writes: In my previous post I explained that we had an urgent need to get some players out the door so that we could bring in enough U21-trained-for-at-least-3-years-in-Bulgaria-whilst-aged-15-21 to be confident we could meet the league's match day rules. Exits We put four players on the market. After that I hardly dare log … Continue reading An #FM20 silver generation