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Career My Philosophy - Sancaktepe Belediyespor FC


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Good Evening All, 

This post is about my philosophy and putting it to the test. As i have won the league with a club in every country on the game and recently won the World Cup with England - I wanted a bigger challenge! The lower leagues of turkey are very difficult with limited resources, poor players and strong oposition, this being said..I found the team for this post!


My chosen team was Sancaktepe Bld. They had basic training facilities and basic youth facilities with the lowest turkish attendance of only 2000! Improving a club like this or challenging other teams when they either had more money, better facilities was going to be very tough.

On the first day of becoming the manager, the board set me the challenge of not getting relegated. I agreed to this and was provided 244k transfer budget along with the following backroom team. I thought the budget was relatively good but then realised the amount of changes needed was proly massive!


Soo..Firstly..Stadium & Facilities

The first thing i always do in any club is to ask the board if the Stadium or Facillities can be improved. When i asked the Sancaktepe bld board these, they refused both, giving a huge indication the board felt the clubs assets matched its position. This is probably fair but still very difficult as the manager improving poor players with basic facilities!


Secondly...Holiday and Assistant Manager.

With these settings, I always set my holiday as rejecting all offers for players & do not buy. This is because i always want to build and keep my best players and my scouting is better than the assistants. Some people seem to be more easy on these which is fine. 

With my Sancaktepe bld Assistant Manager Murat Akan, I set him the following responsibilities. I asked him to manage our friendly matches along with promoting youth players and loaning them out under 21 years old.  In my eyes, friendlies are there for match fitness & like my manager also being my eyes with youth players.



Thirdly..Staff, Finances and Training.

Given the level of facilities, I was only provided only 2x staff members - my right hand man Murat Akan & youth scout Ismail Aras.  I looked but there were not any better skilled coaches or scouts I could acquire and no Physios who were interested in joining us. This was a very small number of staff and with no physio's, left us very shaky in relation to injuries.

In relation to Finance, the key is to keep the business in green and not red. I was provided 244k transfer budget and a very modest wage budget - 25k a year. As stated above, considering the size of the club this was fine but there was a LOT of work to come!!

One of my favourite parts is Training, which I keep intensive for all teams i manage. I had every outfield player as GENERAL and goalkeepers on GOALKEEPING using the below system. Some agree with this and some dont, I want my outfield players to be excellent techniqually to be good in my system.


Fourth - Tactic

So..i Always use the below Tiki Taka Tactic.  I find it fits the guardiola Barcelona system perfectly and goes between slick triangle passes to sensational through balls. I am definitely of the mould that I want to win playing well and not just at any costs.

The 5th one- Assembling the squad.

So, i find out my acceptable squad through the combination of FMM players attributes (Seen here - https://community.sigames.com/manual/football-manager-mobile-2018/your-team-r315) AND Marc Vaughans rating scale for a Top Side (10 = Good / 14= Very Good and 16 = Outstanding) found here - https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://mrdaniels.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/fm_handheld_hints_and_tips.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwi8pvaJkLPZAhVMKVAKHSiVAZIQFjAAegQIExAB&usg=AOvVaw1vk4Fscag3BOVYdUqvCR4D .

This being said, Sancaktepe Bld had one of the worst teams I have ever seen with 99% of the 22 players I aim for being below my level of quality. As seen below, I sold and bought(I buy the always buy the cheapest players who matvh my profile) a lot of players( 2x players were loaned out) - all of which fit into my profile above.



SO.. did my Philosophy work? Did Sancaktepe bld stay up? Am i sacked? The answer to these is Yes!! YES!! AND no.  The system worked perfectly with better players working hard to both defend and attack. Sancaktepe bld did not only stay up but got promoted to the next tier of Turkish football, an unbelievable feat! I did not get sacked as you can see and infact the board are delighted with 73% win rate i have brought to this team.




I have really loved this save. Turkish fans are so passionate and Sancaktepe bld are such a nice club. The club is small - facillities wise, Stadium wise and staff wise. The club does not have the budget that the premier league has or the likes of Galatasary/besiktas etc but they do have a team that fights and gives everything to the fans! 

In addition to this and on a personal note, I am so happy that my Philosophy worked. FMM 18 is fantastic but very tough, especially being a lower league team in Turkey.  My hope is that my explanations can help someone else who either wants to start on the game or find their own system. 

Please enjoy this!!! 





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