Football Manager 2017 Club Recommendations of the Top 10 English Lower League Clubs
Whether you see yourself as the next Jürgen Klopp or a tactical mastermind in the mould of Antonio Conte, most of the top managers of the world today has started their managerial career in the lower leagues and build experience, coaching qualifications and honours to the current level. While one of the biggest manager legends in recent history, Alex Ferguson, started his managerial career at East Stirlingshire, a Scottish division two club, Antonio Conte started his career at the Italian Serie B club Arezzo. While there are exceptions there is nothing like managing in the lower leagues and work your way up to the top using your skills in tactics, scouting, squad management and player development. A lower league management save will surely put your Football Manager skills to the test.
With the official Football Manager 2017 Winter Transfer Database 17.3 coming soon we wants to share our recommendations of the top 10 Football Manager 2017 English lower league clubs to start a new save with once the 17.3 database is released. Our club recommendations of the top English lower league clubs will be based from the club data and information of the 17.2 database and will contain clubs in Sky Bet League Two, Vanarama National League and Vanarama National League North and South. By releasing a Football Manager 2017 club recommendation for the lower leagues of England we aim to increase the excitement of starting a lower league management (aka LLM) save.
In order to show off as many possible targets as possible we have decided to split this article up into different chapters highlighting clubs in lower leagues with the best training facility – most suitable for a youth development save, the club with the best finances and biggest transfer budget perfect for a wheeler dealer manager who wants to use the transfer market as a way to reach the top and finally pick the clubs with an interesting profile – either it’s the oldest club, a fan-owned club with the highest attendances or a club with great reputation who once were a top club with a number of silverware in their trophy cabinet and needs the right manager to take the club back were it’s supposed to be. Read on and see who we recommend to start a new save with for lower league management in Football Manager 2017.
This article of the top 10 Football Manager 2017 English Lower League Clubs will be the first to come of a series of articles focusing on the lower leagues and managing in leagues with less resources and work with players with players of lesser skills than international and world class level. Since we have limited this article to the top 10 we encourage you to submit your recommendations of a lower league club to manage in the comments section below, perhaps since it’s your local team you support or a club you’ve had great experience and records with.
Biggest Transfer Budget
Eastleigh F.C. – Vanarama National League
Whereas the club with the biggest transfer budget and available wages will be a subject of total change once the 17.3 database comes out, Eastleigh Football Club is currently (17.2) the one with the biggest budget of Vanarama National League.
Located in the south west of London and in in the county of Hampshire we find Eastleigh FC. Located in the outskirt of Southampton the club nicknamed ‘The Spitfires’ was established in 1946 and plays their matches on Silverlake Stadium with a maximum capacity of 5192 fans. With no major trophies in their trophy cabinet, the club has spend most of its history in the lower divisions. With 9 seasons settled in the National League South the club eventually gained promotion, for the first time, to National League Premier ahead of the 2014-2015 season, where they reached play-offs at first try, but lost in the semis. Despite a narrow back to back promotion, the 4th place stands as their biggest achievement to this day.
Despite only managing a 7th place in their second season in National Premier League, Football Manager 2017 predicts the club can finish 2nd for the 2016-2017 season with FourFourTwo predicting them at 1st in their season preview.
Looking at their current squad, Eastleigh Football Club bolsters a range of experienced players with a professional attitude in key positions which immediately draws my attention to how great the setup is here to tutor youngsters. The current squad looks most suitable for a 4-4-2 formation, but features also great depth in centre back and forward position to play 3-5-2 or 3-4-3. At the moment the squad depth is strongest at centre back and forward position with James Constable (31), Réda Johnson (28) and Ryan Cresswell (28) as strong candidates to lead the club to new glories, and if you can bring in a quality left fullback and a decent backup winger I do believe you will have a squad who can compete for a top 3 finish. If we also includes highly rated Mikaël Mandron (21), a striker formerly coming through the Sunderland academy, former Sheff Wednesday youngster Ayo Obileye (21) and Luke Coulson (22), a former Manchester City academy player who is highly versatile but is most natural playing on the right flank as winger there exists a great mix of experience versus talent.
The only thing missing for now is a few youngsters (Under-18) with the highest potential to become a future key player. Despite the lack of promising talents existing at the club, Eastleigh FC is a potential club for a youth development project. This is not because of their rather poor training and youth facilities, which must be improved in the first seasons, but their location to nearby clubs of much higher reputation. Here it’s natural to think about the existing partnership with Southampton FC as senior affiliate, which lets you get Southampton youngsters on loan without paying wages, but also the ability to pick up local talents from the surrounding part of the country with clubs like AFC Bournemouth and Portsmouth located some miles away.
Available Transfer Budget (DB 17.2): €172K
Available Wage Budget (DB 17.2): €17K
Balance (DB 17.2): €696K
Eastleigh FC is selected for their funds available for your disposal in Football Manager 2017. By adjusting the existing budget you will fortune from €1.1 Million. Here you will have a great chance to rebuild the club according to your preferences, either it’s to improve the current facilities or secure one or more players to hunt for promotion.
Darlington 1883 – Vanarama National League North
Perhaps a controversial decision, but when the company Darlington 1883 Limited, the reason for the clubs name, bought Darlington FC or what was left of it at 12th of January 2012, FA decided to treat the new ownership as a new club, since the club had not been able to pay its creditors. Because of FA’d decision, Darlington 1883, formerly known as Darlington FC, were dropped down four divisions and had to play in the 9th level. Since then, the club have gradually get back up in divisions after two promotions in the row and are now playing in the Vanarama National League North. The club nicknamed ‘The Quakers’ plays their matches at Blackwell Meadows, sharing the turf with Darlington Rugby FC, but will play at Heritage Park in FM17 until a planned stadium move 30.06.2017, which will increase the stadium capacity from 2000 to 3000 spectators.
Even though the name is new, the club was allowed to keep its former records and historical honours and can pride itself to have played in the League One and won the FA Trophy. But for Darlington 1883, they needs a manager with high ambitions and talents of creating a football club with a clear identity. Here we are talking about a managerial challenge with minimal resources and limited options to improve the current squad as both training facilities are poor and transfer budget minimal. Perhaps the affiliate link with Sunderland can help you out or perhaps you are forced to trust your abilities in scouting the free transfer market. For the first season, you will not get anything for free and there will be a struggle to finish the season at the top half of the league as there are a bunch of likely contenders for promotions around you with AFC Fylde, Kidderminster Harriers and FC Halifax Town aiming for promotion.
Key Player(s): Josh Gillies (AMRLC), David Syers (M/AMC) and Josh Falkingham (MC/DM)
Notts County – Sky Bet League Two
On the opposite side of the historical timeline of established football clubs we find Notts County – a club located in Nottingham and celebrates their 155th birthday this year as it was established in 1862. Recognized by their black and white striped shirts, Notts County is considered as the oldest football team association playing at a professional level in the world. Since 1921 Meadow Lane has been their fortress. The stadium has a capacity of 20300 in Football Manager 2017, which is the most in League Two, and can be found some hundred metres away from Nottingham Forrest’s City Ground.
The historical perspective that Notts County were one of the 11 founding members of the English Football League is a reason to select them for your next lower league management save in Football Manager 2017 on it’s all. Here’s a club with a long and pride history with the ability of following the footsteps of Neil Warnock, Sam Allerdyce and Sven-Göran Eriksson (as director of football). Even though the club has won the FA Cup trophy once (1894) and been a runner-up once (1891), they have not been that successful in the modern era of football, as they have been on level 3 and level 4 for the past 20 years.
By entering the gates of Meadow Lane, you will come to a club with rather decent facilities with their youth recruitment and training facilities as their best. you will also have a rather decent backroom staff to assist you with goalkeeper coach Kevin Pilkington and head of youth development Mick Halsall who looks exceptional at judging player abilities and potential as well as working with the youth. The club is predicted to finish 9th for the 2016-2017 season and with a transfer budget that can be adjusted to €126K I believe a top half position is not realistic looking at the financial strength some of the other in same division has, with Portsmouth, Blackpool, Cambridge and Crewe leading candidates to secure the best players available on free transfer for this level of football. A major dent to your ambitions for hunting promotions may be the clubs fairly minimalistic wage budget.
If we also takes into consideration the current squads average age which is the second highest of League Two, a new manager must put faith in experienced 33 year old striker Jon Stead this season as well, with 29 year old winger Jonathan Forte to create chances for him and former Ajax Amsterdam youngster Stanley Aborah winning possession in the center of the park and quickly get the ball through the defensive lines. On the opposite flank you’d might like to opt for the services of pacy winger Genaro Snijders who has experience from the Dutch Eredivisie. While the first team looks great with Carl Dickinson as a player who is suitable to play at League One including a number of the players mentioned formerly, it lacks a great deal of depth outside the first team. But if you can keep the first XI intact with minimum amount of injuries I believe Notts County could become a great challenge to manage.
Look out for promising talent Jordan Richards (18) who is coming from your own academy – a future first team winger with great quickness, and former Newcastle youngster Adam Campbell (21).
The current squad possesses some of the best abilities in passing, first touch, vision, decision-making and off the ball movements which makes them a likely candidate to play possession football in the style of tiki taka with former Leeds and Manchester United player Alan Smith as the holding playmaker.
Greatest Spectacle of the Season: Rival Match Against Mansfield
Gainsborough Trinity F.C. – Vanarama National League North
If you fancy the chance of entering a club as a saviour or a new Messiah, perhaps Gainsborough Trinity Football Club might be the perfect club for you. Predicted to finish at the bottom of Vanarama National League North the club nicknamed ‘The Holy Blues’ may get some blue Mondays throughout the 2016-2017 season. Established in 1873, 144 years ago, by a vicar of the Holy Trinity Church, the club had the initiative to form the Midland League and the more modern Conference North aka Vanarama National League North which it’s entitled today. While they have never won any major cups, they has won the Integro Doodson League Cup twice – a cup where clubs of Northern Premier League competes.
Gainsborough Trinity F.C. plays their matches at The Northolme, a stadium with a maximum capacity of 4300. It’s located in Lincolnshire only a few miles away from more famous clubs like Sheffield United, Grimsby, Mansfield and formerly mentioned Doncaster. By entering the gates of Northolme you will be met by one of the poorest training facilities and a non-existing transfer budget. With only €1.1K available in wage budget and some money available in balance you can adjust the transfer budget to €56K, but you will have to trust the free transfer market to improve the current squad. With only 20 players attached to the club you will have no difficulties selecting your first XI as there are limited options. Key players for your chance of avoiding relegations will be the abilities of George Willis – a 20 year old goalkeeper developed at Sheffield United, 29 year old striker Nathan Jarman who can bag a few goals per season and experienced midfielder Matt Sparrow who has the ability to win possession for your side.
The backroom staff of Gainsborough Trinity FC in Football Manager 2017 is rather non-existing as you will only have an assistant manager, a Under-18 Manager and a head physio at your disposal. With few resources to develop players to their fullest potential or improve the current abilities the tasks will be many and the pressure intense as you start the work of creating a club according to your preferences. A funny anecdote is that if you fancy the chance, the club is currently searching for a new boss after former manager duo Dominic Roma and Martin Foster stepped down 5th of February 2017.
For everyone who wonders, the equivalent of Vanarama National League South is Poole Town.
Best Youth Facility
Crewe Alexandria F.C. – Sky Bet League Two
For the club with the best youth facilities in Football Manager 2017 it may not come as a surprise that Crewe Alexandria ranks at the top – a club who have increased their reputation under the leadership of club legend Dario Gradi by the help of pin-pointed focus on youth development. Dario Gradi has figured in the club since 1983 and have been both a manager, a caretaker, a director of football in charge of all affairs with youth development and could be described as the father figure of the clubs’ vision. Despite their reputation may have got a major dent after Andy Woodward spoke out about being sexual abused by a former coach within the club, we can’t look beyond the club’s successful records of developing notable players like former Arsenal and England national midfielder David Platt, Danny Murphy, Robbie Savage, Dean Ashton and most recently Nick Powell who were sold from Crewe Alexandria in the English lower leagues to a higher division club. This focus of producing high quality players, emphasize a focus on improving the training facilities and establish a recruitment network within UK and the local areas to maintain the club financially secure is something to look up to for every club at every level.
With excellent training facilities, mid-range youth training facilities and an established youth recruitment in Football Manager 2017, Crewe Alexandria aka ‘The Railwaymen’ has one of the best foundations to develop a great deal of promising talents and future Premier League and Championship stars. By entering the gates of Gresty Road and put on the cap as a tracksuit manager you will be able to work with a bunch of promising youngsters and compete in the Sky Bet League Two with the youngest squad. With an average age of only 22.6 and with only 6 players over the age of 23 this would be the perfect setup for any armchair manager loving to develop their own players and give youth a chance.
By working your magic in the heart of England’s football culture with Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool nearby and legendary clubs like Derby, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and Birmingham located some miles away the club is in exceptional position to pick up local youngsters who have tried their luck at some of the bigger clubs.
Look out for: Central midfielder Callum Ainley, who (18) looks like a highly promising future deep lying playmaker with technical abilities and the vision and team work capabilities that could compare him to the lower leagues’ version of Andres Iniesta, George Cooper (19), who can operate in the role of a winger or as a wide advanced playmaker and last but not least forward Callum Saunders (20) and central midfielder James Jones (20). If you can fend off the interest coming from notable Championship clubs, there will be much fun coming your way. Another highly regarded youngster that you will prosper from is Adão Manuel, a 16 year old fullback.
Here it’s not a question of laying the ground for a successful youth intake by immediately investing in the facilities nor the backroom staff in regard to a quality head of youth development as together with your companions assistant manager James Collins and head of youth development David Artell looks set to continue the historical trend of producing their own academy players into established players at the highest level of English football.
In Worst Financially Situation
Morecambe F.C. – Sky Bet League Two
Determining which club is in the worst financial situation in Football Manager 2017 is not the easiest task, but I’ve set my eyes on Morecambe Football Club who is described to have an insecure financial status in Football Manager 2017, perhaps due to their massive debt and the chaotic situation among the owners in the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. The club has had cash flow problems since the club were bought by Brazilian Diego Lemos in September 2016 as the owner held back payment of wages to their players for a longer period of time, even though recent news reveals that the club has recently been bought by Italian businessman Joseph Cala on the 30th of January, and all outstanding payments of wages being paid out as I’m writing this. The last events makes me believe that the club’s financial situation will improve once the 17.3 winter transfer database is released, but as things stand, it may become a rocky affair starting a new FM 2017 managerial career at Morecambe FC, as much works lies ahead to incorporate a solid foundation and a vision for the club to change the situation.
The former small-town family owned club who were build on traditional family values has been through a chaotic 2016 season with lots of financial uncertainty and experience directors and board members leaving the club, was established in 1920 and is nicknamed ‘The Shrimps’, which is also featured in their crest. Will you be the manager who can lift the club from their current situation and perhaps secure their financial situation by getting rid of any dead wood and let on-pitch performances and results in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy get some much needed income.
By entering the gates of Globe Arena as a manager with the responsibilities of a Director of Football you may have to be forced to sell up and coming hot prospects like Aaron McGowan within the first season and let key players like Tom Barkhuizen and Peter Murphy leave in order to cut down the expenditures of wages as the projection for the next 3 seasons is alarmingly colored in red. With a projected transfer budget of zero for the next three seasons and a squad counting 16 players for the first team, the new manager may be forced to use the loan market to avoid relegation as Football Manager 2017 predicts the club to reside outside of the Football League for the 2017-2018 season. At the moment there is a minor difference between complying to the Financial Fair Play with current wages at €17.878 per week compared to the maximum allowed €24.145 per week. This means little room for you to maneuver in, as all players signed will increase the expenditures on wages.
Key player: Former Manchester United youngster Michael Rose who’s perfect for the role of a ball winning midfielder or a deep lying playmaker which enables him to use his great vision and technical abilities with the ball while hunting possession and harass the opposite players with his high level of aggression and determination.
The Supporters Pick
FC United of Manchester – Vanarama National League North
We asked FCUtdWill, the creator of a previously released database which unlocks the English Lower League down to level 10 in Football Manager about his favorite club in the lower leagues of England and he wanted us to highlight the club he supports, FC United of Manchester. Established in 2005 by Manchester United supporters who broke out of the club corresponding Malcolm Glazers take over, the new club were formed by democracy, where the nearly 4000 members own one voting share each in the club, making the club into one of the largest fan-owned football club in the UK with the highest attendances. The current Vanarama National League North club kicked off their club history by winning three back-to-back promotions, from North West Counties League Division Two (level 10) to Northern Premier League Premier Division (level 7) in their first three years. As a fan-owned club opened for everyone to become a member for the expense of only £12 (adults) or £3 (Under the age of 16), you will be able to become a co-owner with an equal right of deciding how the club shall be run, how the kit design should be and who shall become board members, and finally share the vision and statement that fans can have a powerful say in the running of a football club in a community of equals.
Under the guidance of Karl Marginson who has been the FC United gaffer since its founding, the club had to wait seven years before they finally entered the Vanarama National League North. Despite their rather young age, the club has made some remarkable honours by winning 3 champions and two cups. They have been in the play-offs and ended as runner-ups on three occasions meaning the club has only been out of the chance of promotion at two occasions (2008/09 and 2009/10 – the first two years after being promoted to the 7th level of the English league pyramid).
A proud moment for all FC United of Manchester fans came in May 2015 where they opened their own stadium, Broadhurst Park, which has a maximum capacity of 4400 spectators. Nicknamed the Red Rebels or The Reds, FC United has a growing reputation in English football. By entering the gates of Broadhurst Park you will face rather basic training facilities, which may need your closest attention. With a media prediction of securing a mid-table position in your inaugural season, much works lies ahead to turn the club into it’s bigger brother, Manchester United. With only €53K in transfer budget and a minimum of €154 per week allocated to wages, the task of improving the current squad lies in snapping up players at free transfer, as the squad consisting of 23 players may be fragile to injuries in such a tough league with that amount of matches. With no youth available for the Under-18 or the Under-23, the main focus of the manager will be on on-pitch performances or the continuing of building a better foundation for the club to succeed in the future.
Save the date for the rival matches against Salford, another Manchester based club playing in the same division. Key to success may be the work rate and quickness of 25 year old fullback Chris Chantler, the vision and playmaking abilities of 24 year old attacking midfielder George Thomson and the goal scoring abilities of former Manchester City academy player Jason Gilchrist, who is well suited to play at a higher level of football. With one of the least technical squads it may be proficient to utilize a counter-attacking 3-5-2 formation taking advantage of the players excellent off the ball movements and flair.
Fc United of Manchester suits a manager that’s hands on and sees himself as the resurrection of Johan Cruyff and wish to continue to build a club with a clear identity and a playing philosophy which makes the club go into the history books as the club that laid their own ground and found it’s own path as a non-profit organisation where all money made are reinvested into the running of the club, providing services for its members and spend on carrying out community work.
Has A Sugar Daddy
Ebbsfleet United – Vanarama National League South
Our recommendation of a lower league club with a sugar daddy falls on Ebbsfleet United, despite there were several interesting and ambitious clubs to pick from in the Vanarama National League and below. Here I’d like to quickly mention AFC Fylde, who is a promotion candidate for 2016-2017 season, Salford or Barrow. Ebbsfleet United is a club who has a background sugar daddy. This means that the chairman will ensure the club economy is healthy, but won’t interrupt with the daily running of the club. He will support the club for the first seasons in the aim to promote the club to higher divisions. As the manager, it’s expected of you by the chairman to achieve promotion within a maximum period of five seasons.
At Ebbsfleet you will work under the reign of ambitious Kuwaiti Chairman Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi, and have the backing of your coaching staff, which is one of the best in the league, to help you get success on the pitch. Here will your assistant manager Steve Gritt be a key piece for success together with coach David Jupp, who could also work his magic in the role of a head of youth development.
Since the main objective of starting a Football Manager 2017 save with Ebbsfleet United is to achieve promotion to the Vanarama National League as quickly as possible, it’s only natural to focus the save around the tactics and tactical strategies to win as many matches as possible. This means that you will need to play at the strength of the current team and quickly discover a formation and shape that fits the current players immediately, unless you don’t have a killer Football Manager 2017 tactic in hand.
The current squad has the highest average wages and value for the league, but by being able to adjust the transfer budget to a maximum of €474K while having minimum €17K at your disposal you will have one of the best foundations for success. What may trigger you is the chance of becoming a club legend by getting the club up to the Sky Bet League Two or higher, which will be the highest level of football they have ever played at in a club history that dates back to 1946, where the club was known as Gravesend & Northfleet.
With the help of top earner of the league Danny Kedwell and striker companion Aaron McLean you will have a duo who may terrorize any opposite goalkeepers and defenses. Both will be valuable players in your hunt for promotion. Both players could easily take the step to play in Vanarama National League and could easily become the top goalscorers in the first season.
Wrexham – Vanarama National League
There must be something with the number 9 in Wrexham – a Welsh supported owned club established in 1864, which makes it to the oldest Welsh club in Wales and the third oldest in the world. Between 1983 and
1992 Wrexham played in the old Division four before being promoted. Then in 1993 they played in the former Division Two for 9 seasons before being relegated. While they recorded a short stint in League One in 2004-2005 Wrexham Association Football Club were relegated to the former Conference National, now Vanarama National League, ahead of the 2008-2009 season. Now the club is in it’s ninth season in Vanarama National League with 7 points away from a play-off position.
Now, since this is Football Manager 2017 we’re speaking of, the question is if you can manage to continue the trend of promoting Wrexham to Sky Bet League Two in the first season at charge. By entering the gates of Racecourse Ground you will have a decent set up to complete your challenge. With a stadium capacity of 15500 spectators, only beaten by Tranmere’s Prenton Park, the eight best training facilities in the lower leagues of England and €335K in transfer budget if adjusted to the maximum allowed from start you will be able to both focus on player development or being a wheeler-dealer in the likes of Harry Redknapp.
Wrexham’s training facilities was opened in 1997 at a cost of £750K and is widely regarded to be one of the best training grounds outside of the top flight source.
Similar to formerly mentioned Crewe Alexandria there exists a fair number of promising talents who can lead the club into the higher divisions when looking 5 years ahead. Here you’ll find Jordan Evans, a twenty year old winger who can actually play in all positions down the left flank. While his strengths are his quickness and crossing he possesses a stamina and work rate to play as a wing back. In the center of the park you’ll profit from the leadership and aggression of Rob Evans, mean while Tyler Harvey may be able to get into goal scoring positions and finish off the attacks he started using both technical abilities such as passing and his great vision and unpredictability to assist and create chances for himself and others. With a squad best set out for a 4-2-3-1 formation with Jordan white as your key player, Wrexham AFC could become an interesting save for everyone fancy playing a modern playing style perhaps incorporating a FM17 Mauricio Pochettino tactic.
Even though winning the FA Trophy in 2012/13 stands as their best honour, the club has won a number of minor Welsh cups and is predicted by FM17 to finish at 5th place for the 2016-2017 season.
The Fallen Star
Portsmouth Football Club – Sky Bet League Two
It’s only seven years ago Portsmouth FC was relegated from the Premier League. Then they became the first club in top flight to be put in administration after being unable to pay their £60Million debts. With relegation to Championship the following season after 9 points deduction, the future of the club looked highly uncertain. After only a few months in administration and new owners taking control of the club, it shouldn’t last more than a year before the club was in administration again and a 10 point deduction saw the club being relegated to League One. After nearly two seasons in administration and the club finds itself in League Two, the Pompey Supporters’ Trust (PST) bought the club in 2013, turning Portsmouth FC into the largest fan-owned club in England.
After financial troubles, partly due to high player wages and sky high transfer fees being paid, and instability on the owners side sealed their faith from a top division club to a lower league club in a matter of a decade, the future looks promising for the now debt free football club. As always after dark comes light and a new beginning for such a prestigious club. With a proud history that dates back to 1898 the club have won the FA Cup on two occasions (1939 and 2008), while a narrow 1-0 loss against Chelsea in the 2010 FA Cup final stands as their biggest achievement in the last decade, the Pompeys have also won the English Premier League two seasons in row, 1948/49 and 1949/50. Once playing UEFA cup matches against AC Milan and Wolfsburg, the current situation is quite different as the club is battling with their recovery to the top flight with a dream to play in Europe once again, after being denied it after their FA Cup silverware in 2010, which should be your objective when starting a new managerial career with the Pompeys.
By entering the gates of Fratton Park, you will follow in the footsteps of great managers like Harry Redknapp, Terry Fenwick and Alain Perrin. As a fallen star there have been a bunch of football icons at the club, either played for the club, managed it or even been a chairman for them. While Terry Venables once owned the club, former England national players like Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Paul Merson, David James and Sol Campbell have played for it, Tony Adams and Guy Whittingham has managed it, and international stars like Kevin-Prince Boateng, Niko Kranjar, Robert Prosinecki, Lassana Diarra, Sylvain Distin and Nwankwo Kanu all making an impact, there is a different time at Fratton Park.
As the new manager of the Pompeys, you will have impressive training facilities to improve the current abilities of the many young hopefuls, a transfer budget of maximum €365K with €70K in wage budget and one of the best squads with the most technical players of League Two. With the current abilities looks suited for a possession oriented playing style and an attacking 4-2-3-1 with two deep defensive midfielders as their best formation, the club has a great foundation for any managers who favors a continental playing style. It will be a matter of getting the most out of quality players like inside forward Milan Lalkovic (23), central defender Christian Burgess (24) and promising fullback Matt Clarke, who are all capable of lead the club into the Championship. With a bunch of talents at around 19 years old with unreleased potential, such as Jack Whatmough, Conor Chaplin, Adam May and Brandon Haunstrup, it will suit a manager who sees player development as key to secure success by learning from the club history where players were bought at high fees and given high wages.
Here you have a club, that are among the clubs with the highest available transfer budgets in Football Manager 2017, who has one of the best training facilities and youth facilities, who is a fan-owned club and who got the most devoted fans with 16683 spectators in average watching League Two football, could have made the pick on several occasions in this article. Portsmouth FC is in my point of view the club with the biggest recession in English football in the last decade, who deserves to be in the Premier League once again. Will you take the challenge to get Portsmouth back up where they belong?