The Football Manager 2011 Backroom Staff Guide
written by Jake Lenahan
Hey, for anyone on here that doesn’t know me, and thats probably most of you, i’m Jake (Excessive) and i’m going to bring you a massive guide on the backroom staff in FM 2011. Johnny has already gave you a decent outline of the topic but i’m going to expand on that a little, taking you into a little more detail and recommending staff in each role for the elite teams in Football Manager. The backroom staff play a very important part in FM by aiding your players development and generally aiding your decision making for every aspect of the game. If you want to carry a saved game on for a few years atleast, this is a very important part of the game-play and you will need the very best staff if you want to excel.
In general, what you need to look for is these attributes in the following staff: (Note: DDM = Determination, Discipline, Motivation)
Assistant Manager – (Man Management, Tactical Knowledge, Judging Player Ability, Judging Player Potential)
Strength – (Fitness, DDM)
Aerobic – (Fitness, DDM)
GK Shot Stopping – (Goalkeeping, DDM)
GK Handling – (Goalkeeping, DDM)
Tactics – (Tactical, DDM)
Ball Control – (Mental, Technical, DDM)
Defending – (Defending, Tactical, DDM)
Attacking – (Attacking, Tactical, DDM)
Shooting – (Attacking, Technical, DDM)
Physio – (Physiotherapy, DDM)
Scout – (Judging Player Ability, Judging Player Potential)
Aside from these attributes, it is beneficial to have a high ‘Work with Youngsters’ for all the positions aside from scouts. The coaches are obviously to work with youth development and you will see that some of the coaches also work with the youth squad (aside from the youth coaches). A physio will need one because of working with the health of the youth team. It may sound strange, but it works and will get your younger players fitter, faster.
What most people do not know is that, like players, staff have CA (Current ability) and PA (Potential ability). So, a coach that has just come into fruition has a long career ahead of them as a member of the backroom staff and will most likely improve. This to me makes no real difference as I get in the best staff I can regardless but it is nice to know that once players turn into coaches they have the ability to improve. Maybe hanging on to that old player could pay dividend? Shame that you cant ‘scout’ coaches though to determine their CA/PA, but if you could then there would be no need for this guide!
In terms of coaches and their star ratings, it is better to go for ‘Quality over Quantity’ which basically means that you should be gaining as many coaches as you can so they can do a specific job in your training as multiple jobs will decrease their star rating and ultimately have a direct impact on players training.
A good way to develop young potential backroom staff members is through tutoring. Personally, I like to put everyone who is 28+ on a tutoring regime developing a member of the youth or an U21 player. This will be beneficial in the long term development of not only your youth players, but the future coaching stats of the player. The more you develop them now, the better they will be in the future. Also when approaching the age of 30, have a look at your players ‘Personal’ tab. Look to see if he plans a backroom staff role for the future. If so, go into private chat and recommened the role he is looking for. Further down the line when approaching retirement they will obtain Staff Attributes so you can see if they will be beneficial to your setup.
Lastly you have to realise that coaches, like players, differ in CA and PA from every database created. Therefore, the staff that I recommend may differ slightly in your database and as a result could differ in star rating. So appologies if that happens to you.
Ill be going through every position individually, posting 10 of the best on each page. Every league from all six continents will be loaded up with a large database and I will take control of the best teams to ensure that I can get the elite coaches and analyse them fully.
I have included the ‘Unlikely to move’ coaches in this because you might want to manage that club in FM. Also, you might find that they do move when you approach with other clubs I haven’t tried or move in the future!
(Note: I am doing this with the 11.2.1 patch and as a result it is harder to get some coaches that would otherwise move to other teams in the earlier patches. Some I have included purely based on their stats, even though they are reluctant to move)
★ – Star
☆ – Half Star
# – Obtainable in previous patches
Anyway.. Lets get started!
An avid Manchester City fan, he has been supporting the blues since he can remember. Half Swedish, half English, he has shifted houses more times than a spade shovels soil but never looses his passion for football. Been playing FM since 2007, has decided to change from his regular team of Droylsden and manage a team closer to his heart, Varbergs BOIS. Open and honest, someone that you can come to with anything. You can contact him on jake_lenahan[at]hotmail[dot]com