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

Football manager: the grumpy old man edition

Grigor Pasha writes: June 2023. The prolonged winter break in Bulgaria means that we don't get much time off in the close season in the summer. Still, I've found a few days to catch up with Mariya, my half-sister. She's come up the coast from Burgas to stay with me for in Balchik. When she … Continue reading Football manager: the grumpy old man edition

How we won the league: the story told in four acts

Grigor Pasha writes: Prologue In the least few matches of my first season (2019-20) in charge at Chernomorets Balchik, we had finished well -- three wins and a draw. That probably helped us get off to a good start in the second. So too did the fact that three loanees stayed on for a second … Continue reading How we won the league: the story told in four acts

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

Breaking news: Chernomorets Balchik announce new manager

Grigor Pasha writes: It's a relief to be able to confirm the news: I've been appointed manager of Chernomorets Balchik, on the Black sea coast up in the north of Bulgaria. Rumours have been circulating, ever since a photo emerged, a few hours before the embargo time, of me in the changing room at Balchik … Continue reading Breaking news: Chernomorets Balchik announce new manager

In the mild midwinter: in praise of the mid-season break

Grigor Pasha writes: Jan 2021. It's the winter break here in Bulgaria. I know the pros and cons of winter breaks are something journalists love to start a debate on, when they're too lazy to do any real reporting. In Bulgaria, the break is the obvious pragmatic choice. Though winters here in Burgas, on the … Continue reading In the mild midwinter: in praise of the mid-season break

There are two types of football manger: which are you?

Grigor Pasha writes: As I explained in my previous post, my club development is to seek to meet the board's expectation of a top-half finish whilst, crucially, giving the youngsters in the squad the opportunity to develop. The agricultural approach to club management This makes me, in my role as manager of Neftochimic 1962, a … Continue reading There are two types of football manger: which are you?

A bittersweet Black Sea cocktail

Journalist: So, Mr Pasha, at the end of your first year in management, you've just won the Manager of the Year award for the Bulgarian Second league. How does that make you feel? Grigor Pasha: We just missed out on promotion, by goal difference. How do you think I feel? [Storms out]

Football and stakeholder management

Grigor Pasha writes: It is natural that I should feel an affinity for the Black sea: I was born on it, during a ferry crossing; I've worked on it, in the merchant navy; and I've lived and worked beside it, as a player, a security 'consultant', and now as a manager. My affinity for the … Continue reading Football and stakeholder management