The view from the boot room: the world according to MFC Mykolaiv’s coaches

Mid-afternoon, 27 May 2019. Scene: the boot room at Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Cast: Dmytro Nazarenko (coach); Mykola Gibalyuk (coach); Roman Chumak (goalkeeping coach) NAZARENKO: The gaffer's meeting with the senior squad went very well. The expectation of staying up, no sweat, went down well. And the code of discipline was regarded as reasonable. Though personally … Continue reading The view from the boot room: the world according to MFC Mykolaiv’s coaches

What do you do with a Director of Football?

Time and date: late morning, 27 May 2019. Place: the manager's office in MFC Mykolaiv's Central Stadium. New manager Grigor Pasha is thinking. Hmm, we have a Director of Football (DoF), Yuriy Chaus. I don't really want a DoF. I'm not really the delegating type. There's no way I'm letting him, or any other members … Continue reading What do you do with a Director of Football?

Special offer from MFC Mykolaiv: a 3-for-1 offer on left wingers

Time and date: late morning, 27 May 2019. Place: manager's office, Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Grigor Pasha was aware that, on his first day as manager of the club, he would be wanted by all kinds of people for all kinds of things. But they'd have to wait. He noticed, as he entered the manager's office, … Continue reading Special offer from MFC Mykolaiv: a 3-for-1 offer on left wingers

What Makes You Tick?

Du Malone writes: I’m reblogging this post because think it’s engaging when an FM blogger uses narrative form to explore issues in the game.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading it and also follow the links that the author has provided at the end.

Score More (FM)

Part 1 – Getting to know the team

It´s officially my first day on the job. I had planned out my vision for the team.I had watched hours upon hours of videos from Toulouse´s previous season to have a better idea of what I should find waiting for me. Nothing is like the first training sessions to get a better idea though. To get a better idea of the team and how the dynamics work, I followed Ancelotti´s example. In the beginning, the maestro stays in the background, doing nothing but observing. (You can learn more from him in his book Quiet Leadership, among others.)


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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

Down the Danube | #2 – Squad Numbering is an Art Form

Du Malone writes: I reblog this post from FMathlete for two reasons. First, like Grigor Pasha, he’s managing Farul Constanta in Romania (though he’s a couple of seasons ahead of Pasha). And, second, it’s the only post I’ve read on that deals with the topic of squad numbering.

FMathlete

Welcome back to the bustling city of Constanta where the Sharks are gearing up for their first full season with Frank Athlete at the helm. This season took me almost two months to complete, largely down to several work trips preventing me from getting some decent game time in.

Nonetheless, I’m delighted to bring you an update from the Black Sea and will also share my musings on the role of squad numbering – a topic that will have some of you drooling at the mouth and rest of you now asleep in a heap, but hear me out anyway!

Shall we get on with it?

Save Update

I can’t say I’m not pleased about it, I’m delighted, but there’s so much more to come from this team. I really hope they can live up to my expectations, and push on to the next level within the next year or…

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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