01|03 DAY ONE: MEET THE STAFF

SeasonOne.EpisodeThree | Meet the staff

Welcome to the latest instalment of my journey with Borussia Dortmund. Last time out, there was a brief introduction as the club, BVB.

As always, you can get in touch with me in the comments below, via twitter @fmfutbolmanager, or my slack channel #fmFutbolManager — if you’re not a part of the Football Manager Slack community, then you can join here!

Now, onto the update.


Taking over from Lucien Favre has left me needing a new assistant manager and quite a few coaches. I’ve had to look at bringing in a new team around me. Which one could argue shouldn’t have been my role given the temporary nature of my appointment, however, with no time to waste, Michael Zorc and I began identifying and approaching new staff to help rebuild Dortmund.

This is the current position with regards to the Dortmund backroom team.

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The aim by the end is to improve this as much as budgets allow. As you can see, we’re short on numbers and quality.

THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

First up, I’ll take you through my leadership team. These are the guys who will help me on my journey with Borussia Dortmund.

Meet my Director of Football, Michael Zorc

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Michael will play a huge role in any success I have. He will be responsible for setting scouting assignments and bringing top rated talent to my attention. The model I always adopt is thus; I like to have scouts from all over the world to improve our scouting knowledge. The scouts find players and they’re filtered by Michael, who is highly rated in judging players abilities. Any players he identifies who he thinks would be worth looking at further are then thoroughly scouted by my Chief Scout and Data Analyst before we think about making an offer.

As you can see it’s quite a thorough process, but we have to ensure we continue the traditions at Dortmund and sign excellent prospects who can make the step up and take us to the next level.

Meet my Head of Youth Development, Bernhard Peters

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I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw that model professional, Bernhard Peters, was looking for a new role. We quickly snapped him up to come to take over from Lars Ricken as the new Head of Youth Development.

Meet my assistant manager, Steffen Freund

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Steffen will take over the tactical side of possession training where he is rated at four stars. As my assistant manager, I would have preferred him to favour my tactical system, but for now, he is here to steady the ship. We will see how things work out and perhaps make a change if it isn’t working.

THE COACHING TEAM

I have signed five coaches so far to get my total to the permissible eight. I can only assume a few must have left after the previous regime was removed. My current coaching team looks like this.

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The coaches I have signed are below. At a minimum I want my coaches to be rated around four-stars. Certainly no less than this. The benefits you see above this are negligible anyway. So without further adieu, here’s my team.

Meet my fitness (quickness) coach, Tony Colbert

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A five-star rated fitness coach joined having been let go by Arsenal. Not bad for a free-signing. He will take over quickness training.

Meet my possession (technical) coach, Helena Costa

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Helena arrived from Eintracht Frankfurt where she was a scout. She was happy to move into a new coaching role, and we’re delighted that she decided to join us. An excellent coach who is still young, so she has time to develop.

Meet my attacking (technical) coach, Víctor Aristizábal

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A four and a half star coach, Victor joined us from Atlético Nacional on a four-year deal. He’s still young enough to develop and will be an excellent addition to the team.

Meet my attacking (tactical) coach, Rodrigo Leitão

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Rodrigo joined us from Santos and will train the tactical side of attack. Like the other coaches he is still relatively young so has a lot of years left ahead of him.

Meet my defending (tactic) coach, Tony McAndrew

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Finally, Tony joined us from Aston Villa. He is an excellent coach and will train defending.

I think we’ve done a good job to recruit some strong options in the coaching department. Additionally, we’ve made some changes and increased the number of Physios and Sports Scientists (there was none of the latter and just the one physio). I’ve also improved on the scouting and analyst departments and now we’re looking like we have the right setup to take this club forward and challenge the league’s top teams.

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I still need to look at further improving the scouting knowledge, as mentioned we have a team from Germany, with most knowledge coming from coaches and analysts so I would like to improve here so we can pluck the very brightest talents from all over the globe.

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So this is a short introduction to my staff. They’ll play a key role in any success I have at Dortmund. I’ve only concentrated on my first team staff, later will come the Under 19s.

Now that the staff are all in place, I’ll let Michael deal with all the contract renewals going forwards. Again, if you’re looking to improve your coaching team, you can use my coach rating calculator to give you an advantage so that you know their star-rating before they sign.

Until next time, tschüss.

Oliver Jensen

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