How to keep your players fit and free from injury

Du Malone writes: I’m far from expert about what goes on, on the pitch. So to succeed at Football Manager (FM) I have to attend closely to what goes on, off it. One area in which I do seem to succeed is management of injuries and fitness. My aim is always that, when the match … Continue reading How to keep your players fit and free from injury

A season in the Bulgarian Second: A tale in five acts

Grigor Pasha writes: My first season (2019-20) at Chernomorets Balchik lends itself to division into five acts. Act I: Power struggle with the captain Right from the get-go I experienced problems with the incumbent captain, Genadi Alberto-Lugo. He played badly -- and then refused to accept criticism. He trained badly -- and then refused to … Continue reading A season in the Bulgarian Second: A tale in five 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

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

FM20 | How To Turn Around a Bad Run

Du Malone writes: I reblog this post because it represents an example of the value of reflective learning on FM. In particular the post faces up to a number of temptations that seem to me, from my consumption of podcasts and other blogs, widespread. These include:

  1. assuming you can just choose a tactic at the start of a save and run with it, as if other teams will never wise up to it;
  2. selecting players on auto-pilot (and as a result lacking ruthlessness);
  3. thinking attributes are all that matters; and
  4. not recognising the value of BOTH continuity and change.

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Arresting a slide has proven to be one of football managements more difficult tasks. By the time the clocks go back, the board and fans have generally had time to assess the managers performance and decided if they should be under pressure or not. Turning around a bad run of form in FM20 can be the difference between keeping your job, or clicking ‘return from holiday when offered an interview’.

Under the new club vision tab a manager now has the ability to see what they are being judged on, but it also would appear that we are judged on far more areas than before. Be it style of play, on pitch performance or the finances around transfers, each decision we make as a manager can turn the game against us. So why do I start an article by writing about turning around poor form or battling board pressure? Simple…

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Managing your players through contracts: football and stakeholder management

Grigor Pasha writes: Exploration of online content (especially podcasts) on football management suggest that there is a common assumption that contracts are not where it's at. Players, transfers, tactics: yes, they attract attention. But contracts, no. They seem to be consigned to the mental category of 'admin'. Boring. Merely clerical. To any manager who thinks … Continue reading Managing your players through contracts: football and stakeholder management

Assessing strategy for club development: a worked example

Grigor Pasha writes: June 2021. In a couple of previous posts I outlined my managerial strategy. In one I argued that there are two types of football manager -- the hunter-gatherer and the cultivator. I explained that, contrary to my personality, I'd decided that the optimum strategy here at Neftochimic 1962 was the latter. I … Continue reading Assessing strategy for club development: a worked example

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?

In which a football manager makes a medium-term wager

Grigor Pasha writes: The situation, in my second season here on the Black sea coast with Neftochimic, as I see it is this: in the foreseeable future we're not going to have enough money to buy success. Even though my spending on wages is way below budget, we're losing money every month. The way this … Continue reading In which a football manager makes a medium-term wager

революция (REVOLUTION) IN BULGARIA

Grigor Pasha writes: Given that we outperformed expectation last season, finished second in the Bulgarian second, you might expect me to make little change to the squad. Just strengthen here and there. But I went for radical change instead. My reasoning was: many players' contracts were expiring those whose contracts I wanted most to renew … Continue reading революция (REVOLUTION) IN BULGARIA