It’s not only the football players who have their specific qualities and strengths. Similar to the Football Manager player attributes are the non-playing attributes which are tied to the backroom staff.
Your setup of coaching team and backroom staff members available at your club for providing feedback and handle their main staff responsibilities are vital for the overall success of the team. You can have tenths of world class players, but without excellent coaches or staff, who will work with the players at a daily basis to keep morale, motivation and happiness high, you won’t get far.
Your setup of backroom staff plays a vital role in the daily squad management. Having competent backroom staff is one of the steps on the road to success.
One of the easiest ways to ensure you’ve got competent staff is to understand what the different Football Manager staff attributes mean for training, transfer handling and scouting. Having professional staff will make your job easier in the long run. This is where the definition to the non-playing attributes comes in.
Football Manager Non-Playing attributes and Staff role
The Football Manager staff attributes can be considered as a guide to a non-playing staffs best coaching abilities and/or staff role. The Non-playing attributes ranges from 1 to 20, similar to what we’re used to from the player profiles.
All the different backroom staff members has a similar set of staff attributes, which is divided into technical and mental non-playing attributes. The main difference between the different backroom staff roles are their required staff attributes; what they need to know to fulfill a specific job.
Some of the non-playing attributes is mainly important for coaches, while others is more linked to the administrative staff such as the director of football or scouts. There are a wide range of different staff roles in Football Manager 2014, all important for the daily running of the club. You can read more about the different Football Manager staff roles and their responsibilities here.
Below will we take a closer look on the different Football Manager staff attributes, how they influence the quality of a backroom staff member and how each attribute divide average coaches from excellent.
Staff Attributes – How they influence coaching in Football Manager
To find the best backroom staff in Football Manager it is vital to understand how the different staff attributes influence overall team management. By learning more about their definitions and how they are tied to each other you can setup an inferior group of backroom staff where professionalism and the right coaching attributes will increase the players morale and performances. As we have mentioned earlier, the staff attributes are divided into two main categories; technical coaching attributes and mental attributes.
“Technical” Coaching Attributes:
All of these staff attributes can be found under the section coaching attributes of the staff profile. The six first coaching attributes is heavily linked to general training and its three different categories.
Attacking – The coaching staffs ability to use his level of expertise on coaching your players in attacking football. A coach with good level of attacking will be better at training your players in attacking movement, finishing, passing and creativity. Attacking coaching is mainly tied to tactical coaching, but can also be tied to mental and technique depending on the staff role (ball control and shooting). The attacking coaching can in short be described as; How the players within your formation should interact and behave when they have possession of the ball, and to some extent what to do with it.
It’s not at all an indicator of his football preference. A coach with high attacking coaching attribute has no higher preference for attacking footbal.
Defending – The coaching staffs level of expertise in coaching defensive football. A good level will indicate higher competence on training your players in defensive positioning, tackling and marking. Defending coaching is heavily linked to tactical coaching and partly tactical knowledge. His marking style and pressing style may be of importance when creating your preferred Football Manager tactics. The defending coaching can in short be described as; How the players within your formation should interact and behave when they don’t have possession of the ball, and how they can protect the goal in order to win possession.
Goalkeeper Coaching – The specific coaching staffs level of expertise on training your goalkeeper in all the specific goalkeeping attributes. A higher goalkeepers attribute indicates that he has the competence to develop goalkeepers to a higher level. Goalkeeping coaching is a role for specialists and can in short be described as; How the goalkeeper should act and behave to protect the goal and how to distribute the ball when getting possession of it.
Fitness – A coaching staffs level of competence on training the players physical aspects of the game and preserve good level of fitness. The fitness coaches will be specialists on improving strength and aerobic; stamina and pace to show you some examples. This staff attribute is most important for fitness coaches, but can also be desiring for your Physios.
Tactical – A coaching staffs level of expertise on training your players in the tactical side of the game. A coach with good level of tactical ability will be better and more effectively on training your players in the chosen formation with the aim to gel the squad together and have better interaction and communication between them in matches. Coaches with higher levels of tactical coaching will not only be better on teaching the tactical game more efficient, but also offer more accurate and informative advises quicker and better. The tactical coaching staff attribute is not only linked to tactical knowledge but is also important for attacking coaches and defending coaches. In short this staff attribute will influence on how the players communicate, how they behave between each other (positioning), decision making and reading of the play. This staff attribute is one of few with highly importance as it is tied to your preferred formation and playing style.
Your tactical coach is also the natural choice as responsible for backroom advice on tactical areas. You can choose any of your general coaches or assistant manager to be responsible for providing you advice on tactical areas. To setup your staff responsibilities go to Staff > Responsibilities > Personal Assistant
Technical – Determines a coaching staffs level of expertise on training your players in technical skills; how to control and work with the ball. As important as having tactical intelligent players it is important to develop players who can take care of the ball when in possession. This can be one of the hardest areas to coach and it may be that a former player is particularly useful here. The technical aspects will cover a players first touch, passing technique, shooting technique and dribbling; teaches the players how to work with the ball when in possession with it.
Besides the technical attributes heavily linked to general training and its training categories is the overall coaching attributes, which is more of mental value, as their are more linked to getting better results with good level of the technical attributes.
Man Management – How well the staff interacts and deals with those around and below him. A high attribute indicates better capabilities of organizing and keeping people happy. A backroom staff with good level of man management will be more competent on preserving and increasing a good level of morale within your squad and can alert you on morale problems. Man Management could be tied to motivation and the specific coach / assistant managers media handling style.
The backroom staff with best man managements is also the natural choice as responsible for backroom advice on man management areas. You can choose any of your coaches (general and fitness coaches) or assistant manager to be responsible for providing you advice and feedback on man management such as praising form to increase morale. To setup your staff responsibilities go to Staff > Responsibilities > Personal Assistant
Mental – A coaching staffs level of mental approach is beneficial for all general coaches. Can be described as a coaches level of mental approach, his ability to observe and act upon each individual’s state of mind and react accordingly. Mental coaching is tied to level of discipline and is one of the sub attributes to preserve and increase morale. A coach with good level of mental attribute will be more flexible in setting the training intensity and workload for your players, and do the required changes to a players workload and level of strictness to make sure the specific players morale and happiness is as good as required for a better player development.
Working with youth – how successful a backroom staff is at working with young players (mostly under the age of 18) and develop and nurture them into decent players. Backroom staff members with good level of working with youth is desirable when caring for youth development and should be one of the main attributes when looking for a good youth manager/coach and/or Head of Youth Development. Working with youth could be tied to motivating and to some extent judging player potential as these staff members will be responsible for youth recruitment and youth development.
Adaptability – Determines how quickly a scout, coach or director of football will settle in a new country apart from his scouting knowledge and home nation. A high adaptability will make it easier for the backroom staff to adopt to culturally differences and produce quicker results in a new region or a new nation, either in training or in scouting. A high adaptability level will also indicate that he can adopt to new working environments quicker, such as a new staff role.
Determination – A determine coach will have a higher mental drive and desire to improve his coaching skills and coaching qualifications. A good coach with high determination will look to take coaching courses to improve and have better possibilities to succeed. The level of determination will also influence his mental drive to work in the best leagues in the football world as he often has the desire and ambitions to work with the best players. Determination is linked to level of discipline and motivation, as these three attributes is vital for the level of coaching stars.
Judging Player Ability – A higher level of judging player ability indicates that the backroom staff member will provide better and more accurate player report cards. JPA determines how accurate a scout, assistant manager, head of youth development or director of football can predict a certain players current level of ability. A high level is needed when scouting for first team players that can add depth to your squad. Judging player ability equals how good is the player at the moment?
Judging Player Potential – A higher level of judging player potential indicates that the backroom staff member will provide better and more accurate player reports card. JPA determines how accurate a scout, assistant manager, head of youth development or director of football can predict a certain players potential in the future. A high level is needed when scouting for new talents that can become world class players in the future. Judging player potential equals how good can the player become in the future?
For a good head of youth development and youth manager it is important to have a decent level of judging player potential paired with a good level of working with the youth.
Judging player potential and ability is two of the most important scout attributes. A rating of at least 14 is the minimum requirement for an accurate scouting report. You can read more about how to find the best scouts (chief scouts) in Football Manager here.
Level of Discipline – the coaches likely level of approach; strict -> relaxed. A strict coach will often get quicker and better results, but can also upset your players which lowers their morale and eventually stresses them out. Level of Discipline is tied to staff attribute mental, as a strict coach needs good level of mental attribute to make sure he can act and observe the level of stress and increase/decrease his strictness to keep the players happiness and preserve good morale.
Motivating – Ability to motivate the players before match and in an every-day circumstances. High motivation will allow the coach to suitably pump his players up not only for a big match, but also in an every-day sense; keeping a squad motivated towards achieving their goals. In regard to training, a coach with high motivation will influence the players work rate and affect their determination to play better, train harder and do better. The players will take training and matches more seriously and not slack off.
Physiotherapy – Solely a attribute important for good physios. A high rating indicated that the physio will ensure your players receive high-quality treatment to both prevent and rehabilitate injuries. He will be able to predict more accurately the injury length and set a correct diagnose of the injury.
You should look to have at least three physios with high ratings in physiotherapy.
Tactical Knowledge – Tactical knowledge is a backroom staffs level of experience in different tactics and formations.
Where they’ve been and who they’ve worked with will affect the level of knowledge they have. An older backroom staff member will often have a higher tactical knowledge than a younger. This is of advantage as the more experienced coaches will use his level of expertise on providing more accurate tips which can help out fellow teammates.