Du Malone writes: Thinks are going well. You're riding high, stringing results together. Your next match is at home, against a team at the wrong end of the league. Anybody with much experience of FM knows what is likely to happen next. In fact, sometimes it feels as though there is nothing you can do … Continue reading How not to become Goliath: playing against lowly teams
Du Malone writes: Had I planned this post I would have collected data, as I went along, from matches in which there was a sending-off. But I've only just thought of it -- so what follows is based on good ole non-numerical observation and reflection. Red card for the opposition I do make some effort … Continue reading Thoughts on playing with or against 10 men
25 April 2020. The Karpathian foothills. Goalkeeper Amir Agalarov is on the MFC Mykolaiv bench, waiting for the game at Prykarpattya to get under way. I'm hoping that Yaroslav Kotlyarov will get injured in the first minute. Not badly, of course: I wouldn't wish that on anyone. But just enough for him to have to come … Continue reading What the goalie said to himself
Du Malone writes: This post is the second in a series dealing with the topics of contracts, their negotiation, and agents. The post explores the question of when contracts should be negotiated. A pitfall in the negotiation of contracts in FM concerns sub-optimal timing. Specifically, there's a tendency to seek to deal with lots of … Continue reading What is the secret of contracts in FM? Timing!
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
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?
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
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.
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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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
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.
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?
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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