In the mild midwinter: in praise of the mid-season break

Grigor Pasha writes: Jan 2021. It's the winter break here in Bulgaria. I know the pros and cons of winter breaks are something journalists love to start a debate on, when they're too lazy to do any real reporting. In Bulgaria, the break is the obvious pragmatic choice. Though winters here in Burgas, on the … Continue reading In the mild midwinter: in praise of the mid-season break

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

Our squad is a like a pantomime horse

Grigor Pasha writes: I note that in many managers' blogs a post devoted to a periodic review of developments is apt to be lengthy. Not here it won't be! One match into the second half of the season, I can sum things up very economically. Essentially: from the defensive midfielder (Tsenov) forwards, the boys done … Continue reading Our squad is a like a pantomime horse