Golden generation? Well, certainly some nuggets there

Grigor Pasha writes: August 2021. Early in my third season at Neftochimic 1962. From the intake in the spring we signed six players. Of these, at least four have been genuinely glistening. First, the boy Slavov. He's remarkably mature for a goalkeeper of his age -- good, in particular, at making decisions. He's already got … Continue reading Golden generation? Well, certainly some nuggets there

In which a football manager makes a medium-term wager

Grigor Pasha writes: The situation, in my second season here on the Black sea coast with Neftochimic, as I see it is this: in the foreseeable future we're not going to have enough money to buy success. Even though my spending on wages is way below budget, we're losing money every month. The way this … Continue reading In which a football manager makes a medium-term wager

Not a golden generation, more like stainless steel

Grigor Pasha writes: When Nik Krastev, our Head of Youth Development (HOYD), told me that the 2019-20 youth intake had the makings of a 'golden generation', I took it with a pinch of salt. When I arrived, his main job was coach: HOYD was his secondary role. When I offered him the opportunity to become … Continue reading Not a golden generation, more like stainless steel