Where has the football manager gone?

Du Malone writes: Grigor Pasha sent me this rather bleak photo, accompanied by the following text: 'Have come here in the hope/expectation of landing a job in football management'. But, frustratingly, he forgot to tell me where 'here' is. Can anyone help?   Picture credit: Image generously made available by andrejwin under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 … Continue reading Where has the football manager gone?

Down the Danube | #1 – Starting as Unemployed

Du Malone writes: I’m delighted to see that FMathlete has resumed his ‘Down the Danube’ blog. For me, it has two points of interest, namely: (1) its geographical proximity to the Black Sea region — in fact, in this post FMathlete’s manager takes up the post at Farul Constanta, on the Black Sea coast — who knows, we may one day see our own manager, Grigor Pasha, working there; and (2) it’s well written. In addition, I was interested to read the comments on starting unemployed, an option I’ve never even experimented with. Enjoy. – and subscribe to his blog!

FMathlete

Hello again and welcome back to my FM20 blog series, Down the Danube. This post is coming to you much later than I initially anticipated, but real life got in the way of getting this released sooner. In case you missed the introductory blog post, you can catch up on that here.

Otherwise, here’s a quick recap for anyonee who may have forgotten the intent of this save. Down the Danube will document the life and career of Frank M. Athlete, a journeyman manager who will be working within the nine countries that the River Danube flows through (or alongside) and that are in the game. These are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine with Moldova being left out due to them not being playable in FM20. I’ve not got any specific rules about the clubs I’ll be managing and their proximity to the Danube…

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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

One-on-ones in FM20: Against the conventional wisdom

Du Malone writes: It's clear from following many FM-based accounts on Twitter that one-on-ones -- specifically the paucity of goals resulting from them -- is widely perceived as a major problem with FM20. Evidently, and sadly, some people have even ceased to play the game because of this. I certainly don't doubt the genuineness of … Continue reading One-on-ones in FM20: Against the conventional wisdom

A fundamental decision for a football manager: reviewing the squad

Grigor Pasha writes: The arrival of the winter break found Neftochimic in third place, in one of the play-off places in the Bulgarian second tier. I hadn't expected to achieve such a lofty position. The question then was what to do about squad development. Context In most clubs that question would concern whether to strengthen … Continue reading A fundamental decision for a football manager: reviewing the squad

Appointing staff: Neftochimic’s approach

Grigor Pasha writes: I didn't have high hopes of what I'd find at Neftochimic in terms of staff. I started here as manager in early May and the players weren't due back until mid-June, so my aim was to have a new backroom team in place ready to greet them. In fact I was pleasantly … Continue reading Appointing staff: Neftochimic’s approach

Breaking news: Neftochimic 1962 announce new manager

Grigor Pasha writes: It's a relief to be able to confirm the news: I've been appointed manager of Neftochimic 1962. Rumours have been circulating, ever since a photo emerged, a few hours before the embargo time, of me in the changing room at the Efbet Arena in Burgas. I don't know how that photo got … Continue reading Breaking news: Neftochimic 1962 announce new manager

Shock news: Grigor Pasha resigns from OFC Pomorie

27 May 2020: The end of Grigor Pasha's first season as manager of OFC Pomorie has brought with it the shock news that he has resigned. The news has surprised followers of football in Bulgaria's Black Sea region. Pasha had been reported as enjoying his job and had recently signed a two-year extension to his … Continue reading Shock news: Grigor Pasha resigns from OFC Pomorie

A modest gamble on an old war horse: retaining the ageing forward

Grigor Pasha writes: I'm not keen on contracting ageing players. And in my definition of 'ageing', I set the threshold low. 30+ is ageing. In fact, approaching 30 could be considered ageing, in my book. Yes, I know these guys might get wiser as they get older. Yes, like a good burgundy that improves with … Continue reading A modest gamble on an old war horse: retaining the ageing forward

I’m not in love with Pomorie’s midfield: it’s just a silly phase I’m going through

Grigor Pasha writes: When I was a player, back in the eighties, I was what commentators describe as 'limited'. Nominally, I was an anchor man. But that label was really only a euphemism for 'static and dirty'. I never ran around very much: there didn't seem much point when I was too slow to arrive … Continue reading I’m not in love with Pomorie’s midfield: it’s just a silly phase I’m going through