Best FM 2016 Tactics: Tinkerman’s Two Diamonds

FM 2016 Tactics

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Best FM 2016 tactics two diamonds

Hi guys

Welcome to my latest tactic in the best FM 2016 tactics series. The tactic testing as been completed with Everton in the Premier League romping home to win the league title in style. Everton pose quite a challenge due to the number injuries in the squad at the beginning of the season. However it was a thoroughly enjoyable save using the two diamonds tactic. We scored the most and conceded the least during the season. Further details and the downloadable tactic are available below.

Best FM 2016 Tactics: Formation


This tactic is called two diamonds because of the two diamonds formed by the ‘front6’ as you can see above. The formation has a flat back 4 with one defensive midfielder just in front to shield the defence and have another body back to help the central defenders when the full backs are up field. The box to box midfielder is very important in helping defence and attack, the attacking midfielder is also crucial  – these two are part of both diamonds and central to the teams success.

Best FM 2016 Tactics: Team Instructions


The team instructions above were used throughout the entire season with Everton regardless of the opponent or situation.

Best FM 2016 Tactics: Opposition Instructions


The opposition instructions above were used for all matches instead of advice from my assistant or coaches.

Best FM 2016 Tactics: Training



I changed the main focus between fitness and team cohesion during pre-season and sometimes changed intensity to high but be careful you may get too many injuries. Match Preparation: Match Tactics

During season


This is the routine I used when the tactic was fluid and it seemed to work great for me. For individual player training I trained them for the role they were playing in the tactic. Match Preparation: Teamwork

Best FM 2016 Tactics: Results

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A great season in the league – 10 points clear of Man City. We also scored the most and conceded the least goals.

Best FM 2016 Tactics: Tinkerman’s Top Tips

  • Get the tactic fluid as quick as possible – play at least 5 friendlies in pre-season and don’t have other tactics in the slots until this one is fluid. Placing this tactic in two or more slots will improve time until it becomes fluid.
  • You need at least two players for each position, so build your squad with this in mind, if you have a small budget, players who can play two positions are invaluable.
  • Remember to set the opposition instructions and training as described above.
  • Indvidual player instructions are crucial so you must download the tactic to get the best results.
  • Set your Attacking midfielder to take the corners on both sides.

Best FM 2016 Tactics: Download

If you would like to give the tactic a go, please follow the instructions below.

Tinkerman’s Two Diamonds

1. Click the download link above and download the file.

2. Once the file is downloaded move it to the following folder documents>sports interactive>football manager 2016>tactics

3. Now load the game as normal and enter the tactics screen.

4. In the tactics screen, click the tactic you currently have loaded then select ‘load’ from the drop-down menu

5. Select ‘Tinkerman’s Two Diamonds′ and click load.

Thanks for reading. Please feel free to leave a comment or feedback. Hope you enjoy!

The Tinkerman

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I’m looking forward to giving this a go with West Ham. I’m a big fan of your 442 but since the patch the goals have dried up for the striker on that one. Ppm moves try killer balls for the attacking players?


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The training seems confusing me. Is the Pre-seasong and during season correct one? Forgive my poor English..


Which patch was this for?


Which patch was this in?


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Am I blind or there isn’t a download button?


Nevermind, just blind XD


Any chance of a recreation of Goalscoring Strikeforce or a tactic to simiiar effect Tinkerman?


Looks fantastic! Is there anyway you can take a screenshot of the individual instructions? Unfortunately we can’t import downloaded tactics on Touch, and I would love to try this one to the full potential.


Hi Tinkerman,

I am currently managing MUFC and I am struggling with this tactic.

Can you advise a top quality wide midfielder who I can target?



just downloaded this tactic and im using it with man utd.just got a couple of questions Tinkerman.will this work with really creative teams because im finding that im not scoring many goals.ive bought Pogba and the team looks really srtong but im not creating hardly any chances


im confused on training routine .. between the pre season and during a whole season. during pre season, you focus on fitness and team cohesion for general training while for season, u focus on balanced.. am i right?


i have been testing this formation with Manchester united on fm17 and holly hell it works so well. its exactly what i have been looking for

Nemana G

Have you tried this one for FM17?? I jumped from FM15 to FM17, so im not sure it works the same…