Reflections on #FM20: (1) Context

Du Malone writes: Autumn being a good time to reflect, I have been asking myself what I've made of FM20. To answer this question I find myself reflecting in turn on FM19, in order to establish the context. Foreboding I approached FM19 with a sense of foreboding. The pre-launch marketing focused on new features, especially … Continue reading Reflections on #FM20: (1) Context

While we wait for FM21: a constructive approach

Du Malone writes: Now that the publication date for FM21 has been announced, I looked back to see how I was writing at a similar stage last year. Below is the text of a blog post from that time. I find that my thinking hasn't changed: I believe now, as then, that this time of … Continue reading While we wait for FM21: a constructive approach

Working with, rather than against, the agent’s bias

Du Malone writes: This post is the eighth of an extended series on the topic of contracts in FM. If you are managing in a league in which players have agents, it helps in the negotiation of contracts to recognise that agents are biased. This might seem like a statement of the blindingly obvious. I … Continue reading Working with, rather than against, the agent’s bias

Finding out what price you have to pay to get out of going through all these things thrice

Grigor Pasha writes: It's early December, 2022. The winter break has just started here in the Ukraine. Time to take stock. As we entered the winter break in 2019-21, MFC Mykolaiv were one place above the relegation zone. At the same time in 2020-21, we were one place below that. And now, in my third … Continue reading Finding out what price you have to pay to get out of going through all these things thrice

What a difference a year makes in football management

Grigor Pasha writes: June 2021. Here is a summary of my first two years at MFC Mykolaiv in the Ukrainian second tier. First season We start well.We go into freefall.We arrive at the winter break just above the relegation zone.After the winter break we stage a couple of mini-revivals, both of which peter out.We go … Continue reading What a difference a year makes in football management

Resurrection and the life

Early June 2020. Grigor Pasha writes: My first reaction, on learning that I'd somehow managed to keep MFC Mykolaiv in the Ukrainian second tier, was relief. But this was followed the next day by first, a sense of numbness, and then dejection. Yes, we'd stayed up. But I'd started with such high hopes. I had … Continue reading Resurrection and the life

Why we play video games and what they can do for us

Du Malone writes: My experience of video games is very narrow. I've played a few in-game seasons of Cricket Captain and a few hours of a shipping game called TransOcean. That's all -- except for Football Manager (FM), which is a different story. What my experience lacks in terms of breadth, FM makes up for … Continue reading Why we play video games and what they can do for us

At last — at long, long, last — an injection of talent

Late February, 2020. Grigor Pasha, the manager of Ukrainian second-tier club MFC Mykolaiv, is sitting at home, smoking a pipe of Turkish tobacco and staring at his laptop. His sleeves are rolled up. When I arrived here in the early summer -- My! That sunlit world full of dreams appears in my mind now like … Continue reading At last — at long, long, last — an injection of talent

The sweet spot in contract negotiation

Du Malone writes: This post is the seventh of an extended series on the topic of contracts in FM. The post is designed to make explicit a theme that is implicit through much of this series. When you're negotiating terms with a player or member of staff, you can sometimes get trapped in a zero-sum … Continue reading The sweet spot in contract negotiation

The final kick of the half at Central Stadium

23 November 2019. Southern Ukraine's equivalent of Final Score. ANCHOR: The half-time whistle's gone at Mykolaiv. REPORTER: Yes - and it's real drama here. Right on the stroke of half-time, with Mykolaiv one-nil down to visitors Girnyk-Sport, Mykolaiv's target man, Bugay, played a dinky little through-ball into the penalty area for poacher Kravchenko to convert … Continue reading The final kick of the half at Central Stadium