The hegemony of tactics

  Tactics, tactics, everywhere! Tactics form a staple, indeed central, topic in FM content. In this blog, I've pursued an alternative. My aim has been, not to avoid tactics altogether, but to downplay the topic and shift the emphasis onto other aspects of FM. Three reasons lie behind this stance: for readers who wish to … Continue reading The hegemony of tactics

Thoughts on playing with or against 10 men

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

10 reasons I’m enjoying managing in Turkey

Du Malone writes: Since autumn 2019 I've been following a Black Sea strategy on FM. My manager, Grigor Pasha, has worked clockwise around the coast, managing teams in Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine, before skipping on to Pazarspor in Turkey. To date, he's been in post for 2779 days and we've both been enjoying the experience … Continue reading 10 reasons I’m enjoying managing in Turkey

Blog posts on formations: some links

Du Malone writes: Over the last year or so I've been collating links to FM content (principally blog posts) that I've particularly liked. Some of these are tactical posts focusing on formations. Here are some examples. 5 at the back: First Touch FM https://firsttouchfm.home.blog/2019/09/28/5-4-1-sarriball-tactic-football-manager-2019/ 4 at the back: FM Eadster on 4-4-2: https://fmeadster.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/the-re-builders-of-pripyat-a-valeriy-lobanovskiy-tactical-recreation/ Score More … Continue reading Blog posts on formations: some links

Learning from FM blogs: (II) Hitting the net

Du Malone writes: Recently I've been reviewing my collection of the blog posts that I've particularly liked -- the list of links is here -- and reflecting on the question, 'Out of all this fine content, which contributions have most affected the way I actually play?' In my previous post I highlighted a couple of … Continue reading Learning from FM blogs: (II) Hitting the net

Learning from FM blogs: (I) playing from the back

Du Malone writes: It's a year since I launched this website and joined Twitter. During the year I've been collating links to blogs I enjoy following and to specific posts that have impressed me. But the point of this post is to shift the focus to posts that have actually made a difference to the … Continue reading Learning from FM blogs: (I) playing from the back

No win in eleven. The vultures gather

Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Early afternoon, 23 November 2020. SUPPORTER I: So I wonder who will be in charge for our next game, after the winter break. SUPPORTER II: You don't think Pasha can survive? SUPPORTER I: Over 3 months since we last won. 5 points out of a possible 33. Why's he still here? Utterly … Continue reading No win in eleven. The vultures gather

Yes, I can trust the gaffer, but…

Late September 2019. MFC Mykolaiv right-back Roman Kunev is enjoying some gentle autumnal sunshine in Shevchenka Park, ruminating: Last time I was sitting here, back in the summer, I was wondering whether I could trust Grigor Pasha, the newly installed gaffer at MFC Mykolaiv. When I joined the club, a condition was that he'd strengthen … Continue reading Yes, I can trust the gaffer, but…

Tactical review at the Atmosfera bar

End of the working day, 6 August 2020. Atmosfera bar, Central Avenue, Mykolaiv. Dramatis personae: Grigor Pasha (MFC Mykolaiv manager); Anatoliy Didenko (assistant manager) [PASHA places a familiar diagram on the table.] PASHA: So, half a dozen games in: what's our view of the tactic? DIDENKO: Even now, every time I look at the graphic, … Continue reading Tactical review at the Atmosfera bar

Total football: a review

Du Malone writes: I came across Sanjeev Shetty's Total football (Aurum Press, 2018) when searching online for books on the topic of total football. Fortunately I read the sub-title -- A graphic history of the world's most iconic soccer tactics  -- before I bought the book, so I wasn't disappointed to find that the book … Continue reading Total football: a review