Welcome to my new series, The Backroom Staff – A Complete Football Manager Staff Guide. This guide will be focussing on the Recruitment Team in Football Manager.
Version date 22 July 2020 • 1.0 - Written for Football Manager 2020
Introduction to the Recruitment Team in Football Manager
The Recruitment Team in Football Manager, also known as the Scouting and Transfers Team is made up of the following Backroom Staff members.
- Director of Football
- Technical Director
- Chief Scout
- Chief Data Analyst
- Data Analysts
- Loan Manager
Not every club will have all positions filled, and a lot of clubs won’t have a need to hire someone in every position. Lower level clubs probably wouldn’t need a Loan Manager, for example, as they’re unlikely to be sending many players out on development loans as they battle with thin squads and a lack of money for replacements.
Each role comes with its own specialisms, which I will explain at a high level below, but also in much more detail in future posts. How many responsibilities you delegate to your staff is up to you, but make sure the staff are adequately qualified to do the job that you’re asking them to do. You wouldn’t want a Scout Report from a Scout who has a low Judging Player Ability, for example.
The staff can have as much or as little responsibility as you’re willing to give them. Their responsibility areas can also overlap, for example, the Director of Football and the Head of Youth Development have the ability to handle youth player contracts. You can only set one role to deal with these, but the responsibility can cross over to another team.
Some Backroom Staff can have duel roles, for example a Scout can also have a secondary role as a Data Analyst, as you can see from the above. This can be useful if you don’t have the budget to hire one of each, but bear in mind if you do use this approach, you will use up one available slot for each of the positions.
Ajax are allowed two Data Analysts, and eight Scouts and Roy Wesseling has taken up a slot on each. Since he has full familiarity with both the Scout and Data Analyst job, this makes sense, however, I would always advocate making sure that they have the required attributes to carry out both roles before you look to explore this option.
Staff Roles for the Recruitment Team in Football Manager
This is a brief overview of the Recruitment Team staff roles. I will have an individual post for each of these roles going into a lot more detail on the types of attributes you should be looking for and the responsibilities you can delegate to the role.
Director of Football
The Director of Football in Football Manager primarily deals with the transfers and contracts of the playing staff. I view this position as the head of the Recruitment Team in Football Manager. They can, however, also deal with the hiring and firing of all coaching staff below director level, e.g., they cannot hire or fire a Technical Director, but can hire and fire the Loan Manager.
In the real world, the Director of Football acts as an intermediary between the manager and the board to relieve pressure on the manager by handling aspects away from day-to-day coaching, allowing a manager to focus purely on on-pitch performance.
Back to Football Manager and this isn’t really the case, since the board will always come directly to you if there are any issues. Board interaction is typically at a minimum unless you need something, in which case you as the manager go to the board, not the Director of Football.
In Football Manager the Director of Football can take care of most responsibilities pertaining to the staff, scouting, transfers and contracts, and the media. It is probably the one role in Football Manager where you can get the most bang for you buck, which is probably why you’ll end up spending most more money on this role than any other.
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The Best Director of Football in Football Manager
Fabio Paratici is the current Director of Football at Juventus. The 46 year old Italian has a Driven personality and is contracted to the Italian club until June 2021, where he earns €16,000 p/w. Paratici’s media handling style is Unflappable and Media-Friendly. He has no short or long-term plans.
With high adaptability he would adapt quickly to working at any club around the world, proving you could afford the €1.7M compensation it would take to break him from his contract.
The Technical Director is similar to the Director of Football in some respects and sits at the same level in the Recruitment Team in Football Manager, but acts more in the interests of the other staff members than the players.
In the real world, the Technical Director role is designed to facilitate long-term strategy and continuity independent of a manager’s remit with the team. Think of it as the person in control of building the infrastructure of the club, ensuring the youth teams, training facilities and the staffing of these areas is sufficient.
Back to Football Manager and I tend to think of it as the role responsible for ensuring the youth and reserve teams are fully stocked with the staff required to keep running. When I’m managing a big club I don’t really have the time to pay full attention to all the staff at the club, so I will delegate these responsibilities to the Technical Director.
The Best Technical Director in Football Manager
Paco Seirul·lo is the current Technical Director at FC Barcelona. The 73 year old Spaniard has a Loyal personality and is contracted to the Spanish club until June 2024, where he earns €4,300 p/w. Seirul·lo’s media handling style is Evasive, Volatile, and he Plays Mind Games. He has no short or long-term plans.
With low adaptability he would struggle to adapt to living in another country outside of Spain, so he might be less willing to negotiate a contract with you, proving you could afford the €1.1M compensation it would take to break him from his contract. Having signed a new deal at the start of the game, he would be reluctant to make the move immediately anyway.
There is a distinct lack of Technical Directors in Football Manager 2020 with high attributes in the key areas. The game will actually generate Newgen Staff, so you would be better placed to pick up one of these on a free-transfer as they are unattached from the start so there would be no compensation to pay.
The Chief Scout in Football Manager can take responsibility for the scouting department if you would rather leave it in the hands of someone else. This is a role that can also be performed by the Director of Football, if you don’t have a Chief Scout, or alternatively you can take responsibility yourself.
Primarily, the Chief Scout can be requested to assign your scouting team, in-line with your Scouting Focus. Once you have set your scouting focus, they will then distribute the scouts as you have requested, returning players to you who match your criteria. Scouting is very indepth with many filters and rules you can apply, so if you’re a little unsure how these work I recommend you read my guide on scouting linked below.
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The Best Chief Scout in Football Manager
Ramón Maddoni is the current Scout at Boca. The 78 year old Argentinian has a Model Professional personality and is contracted to the Argentinian club until June 2022, where he earns €850 p/w. Maddoni’s media handling style is Reserved and he Plays Mind Games. He has no short or long-term plans.
With high adaptability he would <struggle?>fit in at any club around the world, proving you could afford the €<compensation>M compensation it would take to break him from his contract.
The Scouts will work under the Chief Scout and provide reports either to your in inbox or the scouting centre, depending on your preferences.
Scouting > Filter > Scouting Team
You can select to receive scouting recommendations to your inbox, scouting centre or mixed as well as setting the minimum recommendation level. This is, of course, assuming that you have not delegated responsibility for handling scouting meetings yourself.
Chief Data Analyst
The Chief Data Analyst acts in a similar capacity to the Chief Scout in that they will organise the Data Anaysts for you, this will involve gathering opposition analysis reports in terms of their strengths and weaknesses. The will also present the post-match analysis after a game.
There aren’t any other responsibilities that you can set to their role, however, I expect this to change in coming editions to the Football Manager.
The Best Chief Data Analyst in Football Manager
Jordi Melero is the current Data Analyst / Scout at Barcelona. The 47 year old Spaniard has a Balanced personality and is contracted to the Spanish club until June 2020, where he earns €3,000 p/w. Melero’s media handling style is Media-friendly. He has no short or long-term plans.
With an average adaptability he would do okay settling in with clubs outside of Spain, with just €160K compensation required to break him from his contract.
In the same vein as the Scouts, the Data Analysts will provide reports to either your Inbox or the Scouting Centre when they come across a player who they believe you should take a look at. For example, if a player has a high number of assists in a particular competition then they will alert you to this and give you the opportunity to scout him further.
The Loan Manager is a new role for Football Manager 2020 and I think it’s one of those roles that will possibly get fleshed out some more in the next version of the game. At the moment you can only set the Loan Manager to find development loans for young players, but given this is something the Director of Football or Assistant Manager can do, I’m not sure on the value they bring to the club at this moment in time.
The Best Loan Manager in Football Manager
Pepe Costa is the current Loan Manager at Barcelona. The 58 year old Spaniard has an Iron Willed personality and is contracted to the Spanish club until June 2021, where he earns €4,300 p/w. Costa’s media handling style Outspoken, Unflappable, Media-friendly and he Plays Mind Games. He has no short or long-term plans.
With high adaptability he would fit in at any club around the world, proving you could afford the €450K compensation it would take to break him from his contract.
The Recruitment Team in Football Manager can be as big or as small as you see fit, subject to the boards approval of course.
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