A despondent manager relies on tobacco that comes all the way from Bulgaria

Four in the afternoon, late in November, 2019. Scene: Grigor Pasha's apartment, Mykolaiv, Ukraine. Pasha is sitting in an arm chair, with a black coffee and a pensive look. He looks so much older. He is preparing his pipe, which he has recently taken to smoking again. Well, let's be honest. I'm not in a … Continue reading A despondent manager relies on tobacco that comes all the way from Bulgaria

The remarkable history and distinctive culture of MFC Mikolaiv

Time and date: mid-morning, 27 May 2019. Scene: The office of the MFC Mykolaiv's chairman. Cast: the chairman; Grigor Pasha; and Anotoliy Didenko. CHAIRMAN: Are, here's Didenko, your assistant manager. Didenko, let me introduce you to your new manager. DIDENKO: Mr Blyznyuk... CHAIRMAN: Er, no, Didenko. This isn't Mr Blyznyk. Mr Blyznyk did indeed start … Continue reading The remarkable history and distinctive culture of MFC Mikolaiv

Blink and you miss it: a manager’s career

Time and date: mid-morning, 27 May 2019. Scene: The MFC Mykolaiv car park. A football manager is on his mobile, speaking to his spouse. SPOUSE: Hello, dear. How is your first morning in charge going? MANAGER: Well, that's what I'm phoning about. It's isn't going. It's gone. SPOUSE: Whatever do you mean? MANAGER: I've been … Continue reading Blink and you miss it: a manager’s career