What on earth is going on at MFC Mykolaiv?

Date and time: lunchtime 27 May 2019. Scene: Restaurant La Terrazza & Roppongi, Mykolaiv Cast: two directors of MFC Mykolaiv DIRECTOR 1: An uneventful morning then. All that's happened is that our new manager has been arrived, has been fired, and his replacement has arrived. Am I right? DIRECTOR 2: Yes. And of course as … Continue reading What on earth is going on at MFC Mykolaiv?

Blink and you miss it: a manager’s career

Time and date: mid-morning, 27 May 2019. Scene: The MFC Mykolaiv car park. A football manager is on his mobile, speaking to his spouse. SPOUSE: Hello, dear. How is your first morning in charge going? MANAGER: Well, that's what I'm phoning about. It's isn't going. It's gone. SPOUSE: Whatever do you mean? MANAGER: I've been … Continue reading Blink and you miss it: a manager’s career

When to stop? An FM quandary

Du Malone writes: The word is that, after five years at FC Farul Constanta, our manager Grigor Pasha's motivation is waning. They've been five good years. After three years in Liga 2, the club was promoted to Liga 1, where it's consolidated its position without difficulty. Pasha's match record reads as follows: P202; W87; D49; … Continue reading When to stop? An FM quandary

Survival in the Romanian top tier — no sweat

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

The unasked question: which vegetables would Jose Mourinho grow?

Mariya writes: I always spend some time with my half-brother, Grigor, in the inter-season. I can't see how football management is a taxing job, but somehow during the season he's always pre-occupied. This summer, Grigor doesn't have much down-time. By the time the play-offs had finished, the window for the next season (his fourth i/c … Continue reading The unasked question: which vegetables would Jose Mourinho grow?

I’ve never been in this situation before and I don’t know what to do about it

Du Malone writes: In his second season (2020-21) at Farul Constanta our manager, Grigor Pasha, was tasked with a top-half season. The season got off to an uncertain start. Mid-October saw Constanta hovering, unconvincingly, just above the relegation zone. Try as he might. Pasha couldn't get his 3-2 (wing backs)-2-1 (trequartista)- 2 system working. After … Continue reading I’ve never been in this situation before and I don’t know what to do about it

By far the most boring team in all Romania

Grigor Pasha writes: In my previous post I left you, in my first season with Farul Constanta in Romania's Liga 2, with spring approaching and the team falling towards the relegation zone. The 4-0-3-1-2 formation patently wasn't working. Something needed to change. Tactical reform With reluctance, I introduced a 4-1-3-1-1, where the 1s stood for, … Continue reading By far the most boring team in all Romania

Enganches, FM21, creative writing, and whisky: the FM Stag interview

Du Malone writes: I much enjoy reading FM Stag's online content, not least because of the sheer quality of his writing, so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to interview him for site. Before we focus on FM, I’d be interested to hear about your involvement, in whatever role, with non-virtual football… Outside … Continue reading Enganches, FM21, creative writing, and whisky: the FM Stag interview

Breaking news: Surprise managerial appointment in Romania

Liga II outfit Farul Constanta have surprised the football world by appointing Grigor Pasha as their new manager. Pasha, who is Bulgarian, is no stranger to the Black Sea region. In the 1980s he played in the Varna region in Bulgaria. He then took time out from football, working in the merchant navy and what … Continue reading Breaking news: Surprise managerial appointment in Romania

Breaking news: Pasha quits Balchik, citing medical issues

June 2023: It has been confirmed that Grigor Pasha's 4-year reign at Black Sea-outfit Chernomorets Balchik is over. In a press release Pasha said, 'I have been diagnosed with a condition known as incipient ennui and have decided to take some time away from the game. 'My doctor, Dr Glarus, has recommended that I allow … Continue reading Breaking news: Pasha quits Balchik, citing medical issues