MFC Mykolaiv go asymmetrical

End of the working day, 28 May 2020. Atmosfera bar, Central Avenue, Mykolaiv. MFC Mykolaiv manager Grigor PASHA and assistant manager Anatoliy DIDENKO are enjoying a swift half -- well, actually their second swift half -- and sharing a plate of snacks. PASHA: So this, Anatoliy, this is what I'm thinking for the first tactic … Continue reading MFC Mykolaiv go asymmetrical

Set pieces, stupid

Grigor Pasha writes: As I reported in my previous post, at the end of the the 2021-22 regular programme we blew automatic promotion from Liga 2. The last 8 matches of the programme went LLLWLLD. 4 points from a possible 21. But that dismal run conceals a radical change. Changing the playbook Between the penultimate … Continue reading Set pieces, stupid

Tactical transformation on the Black Sea: the advent of wingers

Grigor Pasha writes: I've written before about the advantages of a winter break. Here in Romania it's long enough to introduce a new tactic. During the break we (that is, Farul Constanta) host three cup competitions, so that we can not only train a new tactic but also test it in match situations. I didn't … Continue reading Tactical transformation on the Black Sea: the advent of wingers

I’ve never been in this situation before and I don’t know what to do about it

Du Malone writes: In his second season (2020-21) at Farul Constanta our manager, Grigor Pasha, was tasked with a top-half season. The season got off to an uncertain start. Mid-October saw Constanta hovering, unconvincingly, just above the relegation zone. Try as he might. Pasha couldn't get his 3-2 (wing backs)-2-1 (trequartista)- 2 system working. After … Continue reading I’ve never been in this situation before and I don’t know what to do about it

When It Just Isn’t Working…

Du Malone writes: On our Links page we have links to a couple of posts on what to do when you’re in a crisis. This post, which we reblog from The Tactical Annals, isn’t quite that. Rather it’s about what to do when you start off and find that performances are mediocre.

The Tactical Annals

Football Manager 2020 - game artworks at Riot PixelsYes, I am back on Football Manager, finally. After my much documented (if you follow me on Twitter (@JLAspey) technical problems with my laptop I have eventually been able to afford a new laptop – thanks to all who helped me pick one – and given our current existence of lockdown and me working from home as a teacher, I’ve had plenty of time to get back into FM20. Despite that, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s been easy, but more on that later. Before I continue, I do want to plug “The Italian Job”, a new Twitch series I’m doing with my good friends @watadam20 and @turntostone_ as we manage in Italy Image result for italy flag gif *insert Gazzetta theme*. I’m managing Sampdoria, and keep up with my Twitter for more info about when we’ll stream etc.

Anyway, back to my exploits since returning to FM20. My save is with Torpedo Zhodino…

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We need to talk about the central defence

Grigor Pasha writes: At present we are playing, In Romania's Liga 2, with a 3 - 2 (WBs) - 2 - 1 (trequartista) - 2 formation. The main challenge arising from this decision is finding a sufficient number of decent centre backs (CBs). Here's how I've tried to solve that problem On the right, as … Continue reading We need to talk about the central defence

By far the most boring team in all Romania

Grigor Pasha writes: In my previous post I left you, in my first season with Farul Constanta in Romania's Liga 2, with spring approaching and the team falling towards the relegation zone. The 4-0-3-1-2 formation patently wasn't working. Something needed to change. Tactical reform With reluctance, I introduced a 4-1-3-1-1, where the 1s stood for, … Continue reading By far the most boring team in all Romania

Escape from Romanian hell

Grigor Pasha writes: In my previous post I explained how my first season with Farul Constanta in Romania's Liga 2 got off to a dire start -- bottom of the league after 6 matches, with only two points. Clearly time for a rethink. I retained the 4-1-3-0-2 formation but made three big changes. First, I … Continue reading Escape from Romanian hell

Tactics Through Time: Sheffield United 5-3-2

Du Malone writes: I nominate this post by Alex Parkin as an instant classic. Much if the best writing about FM explores, as this post does, the interface between FM and football ITRW. The post is also very fluently written. Great stuff.

StratMan Gaming

Hello and welcome to another tactics through time post! It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these so I thought I’d focus on a tactic that was a little less historical and a little more personal to me as I’ve wanted to try and look at this one in depth for quite some time. If you want to look at other formations I’ve tried to recreate in the past you can do so here.

So what tactic is it?

Tuftyball

I remember the 8th of May 2016 well. Sheffield United had just suffered an insipid 2-0 home defeat to Scunthorpe United to consign the Blades to 11th in the table, our lowest league position since 1988-9. Our dreams of making the play offs had gone up in smoke a few weeks earlier after failing to beat Barnsley and results had nosedived since.

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At full time the squad…

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The benefits from using a wide target man (WTM)

Du Malone writes: From discussion online I don't get the impression that the wide-target man (WTM) role is widely used in FM. Members of the FM community often publish their formations. These reveal that WTM isn't at all a popular choice for players playing wide in the attacking-mid line. Wingers, inside forwards, and inverted wingers are … Continue reading The benefits from using a wide target man (WTM)