Finding out what price you have to pay to get out of going through all these things thrice

Grigor Pasha writes: It's early December, 2022. The winter break has just started here in the Ukraine. Time to take stock. As we entered the winter break in 2019-21, MFC Mykolaiv were one place above the relegation zone. At the same time in 2020-21, we were one place below that. And now, in my third … Continue reading Finding out what price you have to pay to get out of going through all these things thrice

What a difference a year makes in football management

Grigor Pasha writes: June 2021. Here is a summary of my first two years at MFC Mykolaiv in the Ukrainian second tier. First season We start well.We go into freefall.We arrive at the winter break just above the relegation zone.After the winter break we stage a couple of mini-revivals, both of which peter out.We go … Continue reading What a difference a year makes in football management

Resurrection and the life

Early June 2020. Grigor Pasha writes: My first reaction, on learning that I'd somehow managed to keep MFC Mykolaiv in the Ukrainian second tier, was relief. But this was followed the next day by first, a sense of numbness, and then dejection. Yes, we'd stayed up. But I'd started with such high hopes. I had … Continue reading Resurrection and the life

The final whistle’s gone…

23 November 2019. Southern Ukraine's equivalent of Final Score. ANCHOR: at Mykolaiv. REPORTER: Yes - and the home team has recorded its first win in twelve games, 2-1 vs. Girnyk Sport. A second goal, after 53 minutes, by Mykolaiv's poacher, Kravchenko, was the only goal in the second half -- like his first, a first-time … Continue reading The final whistle’s gone…

The final kick of the half at Central Stadium

23 November 2019. Southern Ukraine's equivalent of Final Score. ANCHOR: The half-time whistle's gone at Mykolaiv. REPORTER: Yes - and it's real drama here. Right on the stroke of half-time, with Mykolaiv one-nil down to visitors Girnyk-Sport, Mykolaiv's target man, Bugay, played a dinky little through-ball into the penalty area for poacher Kravchenko to convert … Continue reading The final kick of the half at Central Stadium

We need to make sure we don’t get complacent

Scene: Breakfast room, home of Girnyk-Sport manager, in Horishni Plavni, central Ukraine. Dramatic personae: Manager; his daughter; his son. DAUGHTER: You know, Dad, I'm looking forward to your winter break. MANAGER: Pleased to hear it. Any particular reason? DAUGHTER: Well, often I don't look forward to it. I mean, if the team you're managing isn't … Continue reading We need to make sure we don’t get complacent

We can turn this round. The fightback begins HERE!

SCENE I: First thing, 26 September 2019 -- the day after Mykolaiv have been dumped out of the Ukranian Cup. The manager's office. Dramatis personae: Grigor Pasha (manager); Anatoliy Didenko (assistant manager); Roman Chumak (goalkeeper coach). PASHA: I thought we'd get together and talk about how to approach the next few days. [Nods of agreement.] … Continue reading We can turn this round. The fightback begins HERE!

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 arrived, has been fired, and his replacement has arrived. Am I right? DIRECTOR 2: Yes. And of course as mere … 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