The Introduction | Staff Analysis
Probably one of my favourite tasks as a football manager is sorting out my backroom staff. This is how we shape up the morning I walk into the club.
And when I left to go home…
THE COACHING TEAM
Having analysed my coaching team available, these are the movements I’ve made in the market for new staff to give me the best support and the players the best chance at reaching their potential.
The Assistant Manager
The first person out the door is former Assistant Manager Mathieu Le Scornet. With just 2.5 stars being his highest coaching rating, this just isn’t good enough. My Assistant Manager has to be a good coach with a good personality, and unfortunately, with a balanced personality, you’re going to be on the chopping block.
Welcome to Thomas Caers.
The Head of Youth Development
Eric Assadourian would be next name to leave Stade Rennais. With a spirited determination, and a route one tactical style he should be going.
However, having signed a contract on the day I joined, his fee to leave would be over €600k so I will keep him for a season or two and then look to replace him.
The primary influence a Head of Youth Development has on your next generation of superstars is their personality. Spirited isn’t really what I would be looking for here.
Occasionally, he will affect the position and attributes of the youth players.
His roles and responsibilities include:
- Finding and signing young players for the future.
The coaches play an important role in the development of the players at the club. It’s important to have a good distribution of skillsets and that they all share determined characteristics so that these can be passed onto the players.
At a minimum, I want three stars across each coaching discipline; goalkeeping, defending, attacking, possession, and fitness. Those coaches who cannot fill this requirement will be gone.
My Football Manager 2019 coach calculator is still fit for purpose for Football Manager 2020 so I used that to make sure the star ratings of the coaches I hired was sufficient enough.
This is how we lined up before the new recruits.
And this is after. We still have a bit of work to do in the fitness department, but a lack of coaches allowed at this moment means we go with what we have and look to improve in the future.
Now a quick rundown of my team and a few of the key signings.
THE RECRUITMENT TEAM
One of the most underutilised teams by most, the recruitment team will be key for me. It’s important than we have all the right people in place from day one so that we’re set up to his the next summer market with the best people in a position to help us.
The Director of Football
One of the most important roles for me. My Director of Football is responsible for all player contract negotiation, both new and existing players. He will also be responsible for negotiation with clubs for the transfer of players in and out.
Finally, he will also make recommendations to me for player transfers and scout players for positions when we’re down to a final couple of targets for a position, being the final set of eyes. For this reason, I prioritise judging player ability and potential over negotiating (as early tests suggest there’s not really a lot to the negotiating attribute).
Welcome, Sabino Aguad.
His roles and responsibilities include:
- Hiring and firing of the Stade Rennais 2 and under 19s managers
- Renewing the aforementioned staff members contracts
- Handle scout meetings
- Negotiating player signings and transfers out
- Negotiating player contracts, both sales and purchases
The Technical Director
Ludwig Block will offer backroom advice, focusing on other senior members of the team to suggest coaching courses and report on staff progression. It’s more important than ever to make sure your staff grow as much as your players, so the Technical Director will be responsible for contract renewals, course recommendations etc.
The Loan Manager
Romildo Alves dos Santos is responsible for recommending the players he thinks would benefit from a loan spell and where he believes they should go. This will be particularly useful to those players reaching 18 years old where playing time is more important to their development. He will be providing loan reports to me so I can track their progress.
The Chief Scout
My Chief Scout will be setting the scouting team to work after I have given him my requirements. It is important for him to have good judging player ability and potential, as I will ask him to scout every player we’re serious about signing, just to get a second pair of eyes on them.
Welcome Keke Durán
THE MEDICAL TEAM
The medical team will likely be busy this season with the way I will be training and the tactics I employ. It’s important to have the right medical staff to help bring those injured players back to full health as soon as possible.
The Head Physio
Rob Price joins us from Leeds United where he will take up the role of Head Physio. We need to keep our player injuries as short as possible and getting them back to full fitness. Rob will play a key role here.
So there you have it.
My new team at Stade Rennais FC. I don’t think there will be too many more changes over the season. We’ve improved in all three areas: recruitment, coaching, and medical.
It has taken all night, but I have the team around me that can help lead the club to success. So now you’ve met the staff, the players will be up next.
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Until next time, à tout à l’heure.