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

Let the people speak: a fresh approach to blogging about FM

Du Malone writes: In my recent post about blog writing, I drew attention to the central question for bloggers of whether to write in role. In that post I made the assumption that writing in role entailed writing as if you were a football manager. But researching this topic has reminded me that bloggers do … Continue reading Let the people speak: a fresh approach to blogging about FM

Managing your players through contracts: football and stakeholder management

Grigor Pasha writes: Exploration of online content (especially podcasts) on football management suggest that there is a common assumption that contracts are not where it's at. Players, transfers, tactics: yes, they attract attention. But contracts, no. They seem to be consigned to the mental category of 'admin'. Boring. Merely clerical. To any manager who thinks … Continue reading Managing your players through contracts: football and stakeholder management

FM goes green: football and stakeholder management

Du Malone writes: In a previous post our manager, Grigor Pasha, has outlined his approach, as a club manager, to stakeholder management.┬áBy stakeholder he means any party that influences, or is influenced by his club, Neftochimic 1962. Principally, he's referring to players, former players and staff, club directors/owners/investors, sponsors, football authorities, match officials, agents, affiliates, … Continue reading FM goes green: football and stakeholder management

You’ve probably been thinking about agents all wrong

Grigor Pasha writes: In a previous post I said that I was looking for time to think through my management of Neftochimic 1962 from the perspective of stakeholder management. Well, since we haven't got a game this week, other than a friendly with Nesebar, I've devoted some time to thinking about the business of agents. … Continue reading You’ve probably been thinking about agents all wrong

Football and stakeholder management

Grigor Pasha writes: It is natural that I should feel an affinity for the Black sea: I was born on it, during a ferry crossing; I've worked on it, in the merchant navy; and I've lived and worked beside it, as a player, a security 'consultant', and now as a manager. My affinity for the … Continue reading Football and stakeholder management