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

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

Ways of playing FM: collated links

Du Malone writes: Over the last year I have been collecting links to FM content (primarily blog posts). I started doing this primarily for my own reference, but am pleased to find that other FMers have found the links helpful. A few of the links concern overall approaches to FM. They include the following: Dictate … Continue reading Ways of playing FM: collated links

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

Player acquisition and contracts: the role of the intermediary

Du Malone writes: This post is the tenth in a series on contracts in FM. Do you grow all your own food? And make all your own clothes? For most people, the answer will be No. Which is an indication that (a) they benefit from the services of intermediaries (for example, retailers, distributors, and wholesalers) … Continue reading Player acquisition and contracts: the role of the intermediary

How paying agents more can save your club money

Du Malone writes: This is the ninth of a series of posts on the theme of contracts, negotiation, and agents on FM. In the leagues I've tended to manage in, in recent years -- typically, the Balkans and eastern Europe, starting in the second tier -- not all players have agents, but some do. And … Continue reading How paying agents more can save your club money