Football management is a tough and ruthless career – just ask Pochettino.
Sports Interactive has made Football Manager 2020 Touch as authentic as possible, and that means it’s challenging to be successful. But follow these steps and you’ll be the next Klopp in no time at all!
Whether you’re new to the profession, or a lifelong Football Manager player, we all need a little guidance, right? Just look at us as being your friendly assistant manager – we’ll support you as much as you need, but won’t take any of the credit.
Follow these ten steps and you’ll be well on your way to success in Football Manager 2020 Touch!
1Pick a team you know
It sounds obvious, and it is really. Football Manager 2020 Touch can be a very overwhelming game (which is probably why you’re here), so actually knowing the players makes the experience so much easier. Picking a bigger team will always come along with benefits: better players, more money, and a better infrastructure at the club.
But if you want more of a challenge and want to manage a smaller team then do your homework before. Check what the most recent formations and tactics were IRL and see who their best players are. This will help you so much with inorganic the team and choosing which areas to invest in.
2Choose your tactics wisely
There’s a huge variety of tactics, and the possibilities are endless. Formations like 4-5-1 are always a great choice as it provides cover at the back and creativity in midfield. But honestly, there’s no superior formation. Choosing your tactics has to come down to the players in the team.
Study the attributes of your players – especially the midfield. If their vision and passing are high then possession football and direct gameplay could work for you. Pick a formation where the best players are in their best suited role. But, don’t change the tactics much; it confuses the players and it’ll impact how effective the formation is.
3Don’t ignore player roles
Tactics are important, but player roles within that formation are just as vital. It’s typically a good idea to pick the role that best suits a player. For example, if a striker is full green as an advanced forward, don’t force them to be a deep lying forward. You won’t always get the best out of the player and that can lead to impacting their moral.
But put the team first. It doesn’t make sense to have two players playing the same role if they’re centre midfielders or strikers. Look to ensure the players have the best roles for the team: don’t have two advanced forwards, even if it’s the best role for each player, mix it up so that they aren’t getting in each other’s way. Identify the roles that best fit the chosen tactics for the team.
4Only sign players you actually need
Even if you’re managing Man City you need to be aware of overspending on players that aren’t needed. You can stockpile lots of great players, but ones who don’t play will grow unhappy, and that will destroy the morale of the squad and have a negative impact on the first team. Pick the players you buy wisely.
Buy young too. Even if an older player is slightly better, go for the younger option. It’ll pay off in the long term as you’ll have that player for longer, and they have the ability to improve. Splurge on an ageing star and you’ll have to do that again in a few seasons. Look at the first team and which positions need strengthening, have ageing players, or lack of cover.
5The loan market and free transfers
Always search for free transfers. It’s incredible to see the talent that has their contracts run down, so keep on top of that. In February or March time check the scouting page for players who have contracts expiring soon. You’ll be able to sign these players for free once their contract ends (nearly always in the summer) which saves you splashing the cash on a big transfer.
The loan market can also be huge for smaller clubs. Of course the player will return to their club eventually, so bear that in mind, but it can be a great short term fix. Honestly, you can get some great loan players, but use it as a last result. Best case scenario is that they do well for you, and then return to their parent club as a better player. Look to sign players first.
6Train to gain
Sticking with the same formation and tactic is important for a variety of reasons, but one of the most important is because it relates to the training. This is where knowing your tactics and preferred style becomes very important. You can’t just expect to choose a possession style and see League 1 players play like Barcelona from a few years back.
Ensure that each training regime is focused and beneficial to how the team plays. Focus on areas of improvement (look at match stats for this) and build the training that way. Individual training is also great for specific players.
7Get a good scouting team
You won’t know every player who you could buy: you never will. A good scouting team will narrow down the choices and suggest the best players. But this only really works if the scouting team is decent. Check their ratings, and sack the bad ones, then hire better scouts. Simples.
On the scouting page you can sort the best players by seeing how the scout has rated them. By refining the search by contract status, position, or value, you’ll be able to sign the best player you can.
8Always negotiate contracts down
Agents. Who invented them? The players? The teams? The Matrix? Who knows, but they suck. They’ll always go into discussions with the highest possible wage and amount of clauses. Never just accept these. Lower the salary, check the clauses for anything unreasonable (minimum transfer fee can be a killer) and add an extra year to the contract. The best way to counter this is to increase the agent’s fee slightly: this will make the negotiations much smoother, and make them much more likely to agree to the counter offer.
Don’t stretch negotiations too far though – they can break down after too much. Plus, agents remember you. Treat an agent well and signing another of their players becomes much easier. Agent’s fees may be the worst, but in Football Manager Touch 2019 they’re a great bargaining chip.
9Add clauses to transfers
Good players are costly, often too costly. But there is a simple way around this. Use the clauses to make the potential transfer fee look better, if even the club is only paying a small amount of that right now.
Add a goal clause where the player needs to score 20 goals to add an amount of money. Or use the appearance clause to say that more money will be paid after a certain amount of appearances. It’s a great way to make a small amount of money go further: but remember that eventually these fees will have to be paid and that could impact the transfer budget for the next window.
Yup, the old Football Manager classic. In order to keep the game running for as long as you want (which is typically well beyond the average career for current players) the game introduces new players each season to replace those who have retired. Keep an eye on young players by going to the scouting network and refining the search to young players.
Some of these regens are absolute wonder kids too. It’s possible to land a 17 or 18 year old with better stats than players who are currently in the first team. These wonder kids are expensive, but are very worth it as they’ll be great additions to the first team for their whole career (if you offer them decent contracts).