Reflections on #FM20: (1) Context

Du Malone writes: Autumn being a good time to reflect, I have been asking myself what I've made of FM20. To answer this question I find myself reflecting in turn on FM19, in order to establish the context. Foreboding I approached FM19 with a sense of foreboding. The pre-launch marketing focused on new features, especially … Continue reading Reflections on #FM20: (1) Context

Why we play video games and what they can do for us

Du Malone writes: My experience of video games is very narrow. I've played a few in-game seasons of Cricket Captain and a few hours of a shipping game called TransOcean. That's all -- except for Football Manager (FM), which is a different story. What my experience lacks in terms of breadth, FM makes up for … Continue reading Why we play video games and what they can do for us

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

Now that we have club visions, why not save visions?

Du Malone writes: FM20 has introduced the notion of a club vision, in which the board sets out its expectations for the next few years. The vision isn't set in stone: it is liable to change and, in my experience at least, in fact tends to change a good deal. So far as I can … Continue reading Now that we have club visions, why not save visions?

That’s the way a season crumbles: the surprising outcomes of a season review

Grigor Pasha writes: Our 2021-22 season in Liga 2 started well. We went unbeaten for 10 games. Then, having lost to Hermannstadt on 26 September, we didn't lose again (in the league) until 9 April, when we lost to Universitatea Cluj. Before the Cluj game we looked nailed-on for automatic promotion. After that game,we  didn't … Continue reading That’s the way a season crumbles: the surprising outcomes of a season review

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

FM goes green: football and stakeholder management

Du Malone writes: In a previous post our manager, Grigor Pasha, has outlined his approach, as a club manager, to stakeholder management. By stakeholder he means any party that influences, or is influenced by his club, Neftochimic 1962. Principally, he's referring to players, former players and staff, club directors/owners/investors, sponsors, football authorities, match officials, agents, affiliates, … Continue reading FM goes green: football and stakeholder management

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

The itinerary for your Black Sea cruise is announced

Du Malone writes: Neal Ascherson's Black Sea is a fascinating book but also a frustrating one. In the introduction he explains that his study begins in Crimea and then 'goes in many directions. It is not a guide-book and I am not a circumnavigator. Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania all get less attention than they deserve'. … Continue reading The itinerary for your Black Sea cruise is announced

Europe, Asia, and football management: the significance of Grigor Pasha

Du Malone writes: The Black sea has long been the meeting point, but also the flashpoint, between cultures. According to Neil Ascherson, in his book Black Sea, our notions of civilisation and barbarism start here. Europe/Asia Ascherson quotes Edith Hall, writing in Inventing the barbarian: 'The story of the invention of the barbarian is the … Continue reading Europe, Asia, and football management: the significance of Grigor Pasha