Sign in to follow this Followers 7 Steps for Success - A guide to FMM 20 SSolas November 20, 2019 9 replies 9,566 Views Report · Posted November 20, 2019 (edited) Good Evening Football Manager Fans, This guide follows on from one I created a year back(of which 88% of viewers found it helpful). A lot of the information is extremely similar. If you are interested to read this or it may be of some help, it is available below: So..my 14 Steps for success are: 1) ASK THE BOARD TO EXPAND THE STADIUM EVERY SEASON This stems from Alex Ferguson's 8 steps to success(http://www.businessinsider.com/sir-alex-ferguson-reveals-8-secrets-to-success-2013-9?IR=T). His first point is you should start with the foundations and build a club rather than purely being results driven. Expanding the stadium is one way of improving the foundations of a club. 2) ASK THE BOARD TO IMPROVE THE TRAINING FACILITIES This is similar to the point above and also important. The Clubs who get relegated from the premiership and wonder how to spend the money they have, often opt for players rather than buildings.This being said, training facilities have a longer lifespan than players & will help build up the players you already have, leading to a win-win situation. 3) ASK THE BOARD TO IMPROVE THE YOUTH FACILITIES Finally, I like to ask the board to improve the Youth training facilities. If you get it right like Manchester city, your club can effectively run itself through the youth players comming through & the first team players and the senior players leading from the front. A world class youth centre therefore is essential! 4)SET HOLIDAY TO REJECT ALL OFFERS AND DO NOT BUY PLAYERS I think with these two options that firstly, whoever you are with, you do not want to be a selling team. As soon as I start with a club, I am putting a stamp down that we are holding onto our best players and building to be the best. Also, I do not like anyone else buying players for my team but me. Its a waste of the transfer/wage budget & the computer normally does not choose the players you need the most. 5)ASSISTANT CONTROLS FRIENDLIES/YOUTH PROMOTIONS AND LOANS OUT UNDER 21S My thinking here comes from Sir Alex Ferguson, who learnt as time went by that he needed to delegate his work load. This is the way i do it. Friendlies are mostly for fitness and if i choose the staff members, they should hold my vision of the youth players I want at the club. I think under 21 is a suitable age to make that judgement on whether they will cut it at the big club or not. 6)ALWAYS GET THE BEST STAFF AROUND YOU This step is quite self explanatory but taken greatly from Louis Van Gaal - he stresses in the presentation how he has a lot of staff who in his eyes are more important than the team. They control the day to day running of the club, from the assistant picking youth players, the scouts finding new talent to pyshios who can keep your best players playing, they are vital. For Example: Best Staff on the market in my career is a High Quality Silver Coach/Physio... Ensure you match this with the staff you have. There are even a few World Class gold trained staff members in my career which is excellent. 7)MAKE SURE FINANCES STAY IN THE GREEN Self explanatory but keep finances in the green. For examples of bad management, take Portsmouth, Leeds etc who spent a bit extra money looking for quick progress and instead found relegation and suffering. For good management, take Arsenal who take the balance book seriously and still manage to find themselves winning cups etc. 8)USE THE RIGHT TACTIC FOR THE SQUAD So with this one, I use my own tactic. I love the Tiki Taka system and think with the right players and management, it can be massively successful. Of course, there are plenty of tactics on this website and if not a tactic on here, please model it on the players already in the squad. 9)WORK OUT THE PLAYERS REQUIRED This step involves getting more connected with the formation and tactic to build a philosophy of the way you want to play - for example: Some managers might have had Messi as a target man or inside forward but the False 9 was chosen for a reason and to amazing effect. My tactic incorporates the following as taken from this book. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coaching-Tiki-Taka-Style-Play/dp/0957670540 SWK - GK - Han/Ref WBK - D R/L- Tack/Stam BPD - DC- Tack/Head/Posit DM - DMC-Tack/Stam DLP - CM- Pass/Stam APM - CM-Pass/Stam IF - F R/L/C- Finis/Pace T - FC- Finis/ Head 10)WORK OUT WHICH PLAYERS ARE GOOD ENOUGH I take this information from 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 and https://community.sigames.com/manual/football-manager-mobile-2018/your-team-r315 Marc Vaughan in a previous game has marked out that world class teams can work by ths system of assessing players attributes: 10- Good Attribute 14- Very Good Attribute 16-Excellent Attribute I use this for every team because I always want to build them to a world class level. This information, along with the Key Atributes for each position outlined in the below, makes for a good general standard for where players are at or if they are good enough. For example - a Left back with 14 for tackling and 15 stamina suggests in general he is a very good player. In Contrary, if a centre back with heading 10 tackling 9 and positioning 15, i would look to offload them. Tackling is a key attribute and that player was not even classed as 'good' for it. IF they fall below 10 attribute, offload them. I MUST stress - This is not an exact art form but a guide. 11) WHAT TO DO WITH PLAYERS WHO ARENT GOOD ENOUGH? I normally weigh up whether it is best to transfer list and demote a player or release. Your club may need the money, in which case releasing the player to open space and wage budget makes sense. 12)TRANSFER MARKET I like to be savy in the transfer market so i normally use this guide https://community.sigames.com/manual/football-manager-mobile-2018/your-team-r315 and check for players, first with 10 ratings, then move up the list until you narrow it down to 1 or 2 players, choosing the best of these & most affordable. I have also started to search for players through Nationality(Home grown talent) & Age(19-25). I am trying to be smarter in the market to suit my team by getting treqartistas with AMC attributes and Inside forwards with Forwards attributes. 13) SETTING THE HIGHEST STANDARDS Soo, I am quite strict on myself as the manager in order to set the highest standards at the club. In the book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Soccer-Coach-2014-Dimensional/dp/1909125326 it states that Man Utd once had a team goal not to go through the season losing two games in a row. I set myself a goal to never lose 3 games in a row -If i do, i ask the board to allow me extra time. This one is the most optional on this list but means im aiming high and wanting to be the best. Plus, if you dont lose 3 games in a row, you are normally by the top of the table and if you do lose 3 games in a row, its a strong lesson that the team needs changing ASAP! 14)MATCH MANAGEMENT I play matches a bit like Louis Van Gaal with little tinkering and happy to watch the match as a student, seing the trends and themes. I make my changes at half time and they include: ☆ Substitute any players who have their fitness in 60% or lower( below the level of fitness to perform at their best in the 2nd half) ☆ Substitue any players who have their rating at 5 or lower( below the level of performance i demand of the players) i hope you have enjoyed this and feel free to comment etc on it. 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