FM 2013 Guide – How to find the best scouts for your club

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written by Johnny Karp

Darren has taught you how to look for the best players in FM 2013 and, if you have read his guide carefully, you already know that you need a solid scouting team at your club if you want to find good players. Getting the best scouts in FM 2013 is not very complicated, at least it isn’t if your club has a good reputation and enough money. In this brief guide I am going to teach you how to select the best scouts for your club.

When you look for scouts there are two main attributes that you have to consider: judging player ability and judging player potential. The higher these two are, the better the scout is.

But that’s not all, you also have to consider your club’s scouting knowledge. A club’s knowledge of the football world is the sum of each staff member’s knowledge of players around the world, so ideally you should have staff with various backgrounds in your backroom. That ideal situation is difficult to reach though, but you have to consider the scouting knowledge when you sign a new scout.

For instance, if you already have a scout with great knowledge of South America, you might want your next scout to have good knowledge of another important region, like Southern Europe. You can find the scouting knowledge of a scout by clicking the information tab on his profile screen.

If you can’t decide between two scouts with equally good judgement attributes and knowledge, pick the one with better adaptability and determination, those two attributes can make a difference when it comes to how fast a scout can adapt and learn the trade in a region that he’s unfamiliar with.

Last but not least, since now we have the chief scout role in FM 2013, you should know that he should have good man management skills along with the usual scouting attributes. That is because the chief scout will manage all the other scouts and assign them to scouting regions if you don’t choose to do that yourself.

Last piece of advice: get as many scouts as possible at your club, the more you have the more players you can discover.

That’s about it for this FM 2013 guide, let me know if you have any questions and stay tuned for more top-notch FM 13 guides on FMS.

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Darren Smith
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Nice guide Johnny, scouting is very important in FM13, it can make or break a game so this follows on nicely from what was written in the last post.

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nikozolo

The only instance in FM where I really prefer a bigger club to a smaller club is when I have to build my backroom staff. Its quite frusturating being able to bring in scouts with 17+ PP/PA for newcastle but settling for 7- PP/PA for Nouvo Campobasso. Of course its all part of the realism/fun isnt it? Any suggestions on how to survive on a lower league budget and reputation when it pertains to scouting? Short term constracts and overall knowledge of various nations is what I tend to do. Im interested however on how scouts can learn and gain attributes/certificates through time as other non-players in the game do. Can a 32 year old scout with low PP and PA but high determination and adaptability learn to become more adept or is it in my best interests to cast him or her off when I find someone a bit better? Thanks for the article and keep up the good work.

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Nathan

Scouts do improve, some improve considerable (haven’t quite figured out which other attributes contribue to this). So you could leave a scout in for a year or 2 and see whether they improve in PA and PP… for example in liverpool I had a scout that went from around 10/10 to 15/15 in a year.

Glauco
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Glauco

Very good guide. I’m still trying to reduce the manual work when it comes to find scouts with knowlegde in that regions my staff is lack of it. Wich filters do you guys use? “nationality” and “Based in”?

tmg
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tmg

I don’t know if it’s just me but my scouts are always finding tons of attacking players but very few defenders and defensive midfielders.

AMCs really seem prevalent and I have tons on my shortlist with high potential but very few decent centrebacks or fullbacks.

Is that common? Is there anything I can do to find a players in a wider variety of positions?

tmg
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tmg

In regards to actual scouts. If they have high values for judging CA and PA but don’t actually find any decent players should I just get rid of them? I have a few scouts with those stats in the high teens for both but they never actually seem to find any players no matter where I send them. Or am I doing something wrong?

I tend to assign my scouts to various regions and countries and set a rule that they find players with 4stars for potential ability but no other restrictions.

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Jeff

I tend to start games in the lowest leagues with the crapest team,currently Blue Square North tem Hinckley. Scouts are always a problem. I try to get the best one I can interms of CA & PA but with high determination and adaptability. You need someone who will get off his arse and find player. If his CA and PA aren’t the greatest try to pick up a coach or Ass Man with good CA/PA then you can bring players in for a trial to see how good they are.
I also go through the unemployed players list and offer a trial to anyone I can afford who has anything like decent rating in the important categories. It make for a lot of work if you are bottom of the pile but it is useful.

Entrigo
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How do I avoid receiving countless emails (and fro different scouts) about the same players? In one seasons, I must have seen Benzema about 3000 times (Amongst many many others).