How-To: Make Money in Football Manager

How-To: Make Money in Football Manager

For some people, winning is everything, at any cost. For others, like myself, running the club at a profit whilst achieving success is the aim. In this guide, I’ll be showing you the tips and tricks of how I turned Enfield Town from a club worth around £100k into a £1.35 billion valued megaclub.

Key points to remember:

The main principle is to keep costs low while maximising income. That sounds obvious, but implementing it while maintaining a winning squad can be difficult.

In the lower leagues, keeping the finances in the black is notoriously difficult, and while there I recommend that you don’t worry about the finances – do what you have to do to win promotions. Money is made in the top tiers, (increased attendances, more prize money/TV money, etc) so getting there as fast as possible is of the utmost importance for your finances. Also, I don’t recommend playing friendlies against huge clubs, as the battering you’ll likely take will harm player morale, which will be more costly to the club than losing the few thousand pounds more in the bank that the gate receipts may generate.

Spending money isn’t always bad! Youth facility upgrades should always be a priority despite the initial cost – bringing through your own players saves on transfer fees which can be much more than the costs of the facilities in the long run, and even if the player doesn’t make it, you can sell them for a profit (more on that later). Also stadium upgrades will make you money in the long term as your fanbase grows, and through upgraded corporate facilities, which will help earn bigger sponsorship deals. Continue reading How-To: Make Money in Football Manager

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Enfield Town 2047/48 End of Season Review

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2047/48 End of Season Review

A very good season for the youth product side, winning SIX of the available seven cups, which means we have now finally won everything at least once since the change to only using academy-grown players! We lost our key AML Glen Daly early in the season for ‘8-10 months’ with a cruciate injury, giving Greek international Panagiotis Giannitsis a proper run in the side, rotating with young Ashley Field.

Premier League (stats)

We once again walked the league, winning by a convincing 16 points over our North London rivals Arsenal. We remained unbeaten for the entire campaign, winning 32 and drawing 6. It is interesting to note that five of the six draws were against opposition that finished in the bottom ten, the other coming against Manchester City, but at that point the league was won and players were rested for the Champions League.

Continue reading Enfield Town 2047/48 End of Season Review

How-To: Staff Search

How-To: Staff Search

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A simple guide to finding your next staff member!

Many people ask who the best staff are for X role, etc. But I think it is better to teach a man the skills and give him some bricks rather than build the house for him. So here is a short guide with the attributes to search for to find your backroom staff.

First things first, the most important thing to understand when staff searching – DDM:

DETERMINATION – DISCIPLINE – MOTIVATING

They are the key attributes to find and they transfer across all of the coaching roles. A coach can have 20’s in Attack and Tactical Coaching, for example, but will only be an average Attack coach without decent DDM, and it is essential to have high DDM in able to be a top star-rated coach.

So without further ado, here’s what you should look for: Continue reading How-To: Staff Search

How-To: Understand and use Player Roles and Duties

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So you’ve now picked the Formation and set the Team Instructions, but what roles do I pick for the players? I hear you ask. So here is a follow-up guide which continues what I started in my Making Your First Tactic guide.

I always start from the back and work my way forward, and it’ll be no different here. Most of the choices regarding role will be based on three variables – formation, team instructions and player ability.

Also, this will be heavily biased towards a flat four defensive system, as it is the safest and easiest beginner setup to learn.

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You have two options here, Goalkeeper and Sweeper Keeper

A regular Goalkeeper role is preferable most of the time, but if playing a high defensive line and possess an intelligent, fast ‘keeper, the Sweeper Keeper will mop up loose balls and aim to recycle possession from the edge of his box and beyond.

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Your choice of setup here will more-than-likely be more biased towards player ability than tactical choice initially.

The Central Defender role is your all round, general Centreback, and will more often than not be the default choice for many managers. In regards to duty, there are a few possible combinations that work well depending on the type of player available. A Covering CB will sit deeper and mop up through balls and other loose balls, whereas a Stopper will look to step forward and intercept the ball before it becomes a danger. The Stopper/Cover can be used together with two intelligent defenders to form a very solid partnership. When not using a Stopper, I like to use a covering defender alongside a regular ‘Defend’ CB, though two regular defenders is also a sound tactical choice too.

The Limited Defender role is for less-able defenders who have limited concentration, composure and decision-making. Generally, this role is best limited to the Defend duty and lower-league defenders.

Ball-Playing Defenders will look to play the ball out of defence and are more technically and creatively gifted than regular defenders. They will recycle possession effectively and look to start counter-attacks. This role is most effective with a Stopper duty, winning the ball early and moving it on. Continue reading How-To: Understand and use Player Roles and Duties

Enfield Town 2013-2047: The Career to Date – Part Two

The Premier League era

After a meteoric rise from the Blue Square South, racking up back-to-back promotions, we found ourselves in the Premier League. Our first season in the ‘promised land’ saw us finish a very respectable ninth, especially as much of the season was spent in the bottom half of the table. In 2020/21 we improved again to finish sixth, and qualify for the Europa League, while also reaching the FA Cup 6th round. In the league in 2021/22 we finished fifth, but we won the Europa League at the first attempt! It was a statement of intent, because we went into 2022/23 on a high – a high that saw us finish second in the league while also reaching a second Europa League final, only to lose to Porto.

My first choice starting eleven at the end of 2022/23 season, 4-2-3-1 Deep formation:

Edwards

Evans – Coyle – Sílvio – Robinson

Martínez – Yerastov

Cantarero – – – Nijhuis – – – Fiorillo

Cremaschi Continue reading Enfield Town 2013-2047: The Career to Date – Part Two

Enfield Town 2013-2047: The Career to Date – Part One

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The History

Formed on 23rd June 2001, Enfield Town was the first wholly supporter owned and run club in the country. Assisted by Supporters Direct, the club have laid a lot of the groundwork for clubs like AFC Wimbledon and FC United as well as advising those setting up Supporters Trusts at other non league clubs.

The original Enfield FC were one of the most feared Non League teams around. They won the Conference in 1983 and 1986 as well as the Trophy in 1982 and 1988. Today they would be promoted into the Football League (in fact in 1987 they would have been promoted if the system we have today was brought in), but back in the 1980′s it was up to the League clubs to determine if a non league club could and would be voted in. Consequently, teams like Enfield, Altrincham and Wealdstone never got the chance. The story then turn an all too predictable turn. The club was sold, ambitions were unrealistic, financial meltdown ensued. In Enfield’s case they actually split into two, with Enfield 1893 and Enfield Town going their separate ways.

The Supporters Trust tried to assist the then Board in securing a return of Enfield FC to the Borough of Enfield. After failing to achieve that, the Trust voted to set up a new club within their home borough. A place was secured in the Essex Senior League for the fledgling club, and a groundshare agreement was made with Brimsdown Rovers for the use of their Goldsdown Road ground. Following a good deal of work, the ground met the standard for the Ryman League and this led to the successful promotion, at that time into the Southern League.

The 2011/12 season proved to be an important one for the club. Having celebrated it’s 10th birthday over the summer, Enfield Town completed the move to its new home at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in Enfield. A long held dream, the club worked closely with Enfield Council to see the old athletics stadium restored and upgraded to be able to host Ryman League football. This has finally provided the club with a home of its own a short distance from the former stadium in Southbury Road, and also achieving promotion to the Ryman Premier League. Promotion was via the Play-offs, beating Grays Athletic in the Semi and Needham Market in the final.

In 2012-13, the club was promoted again, to play in the Blue Square South for the 2013/14 season. But despite this success, manager Steve Newing decided to quit while he was ahead, believing that the successive promotions left the club with insufficient ability and structure to stay up, let alone be competitive.

And that’s where I come in. Continue reading Enfield Town 2013-2047: The Career to Date – Part One

How-To: Make Your First Tactic

This isn’t a definitive guide, but it’s a place to start. Always watch as much of the match as possible to see what is working and what is not. When changing things, do it one thing at a time so that you can see its effect – too many changes and you won’t see what has worked and what hasn’t…

Also, pay particular attention to the mid-lower table team instructions when in lower leagues – mid table instructions if you’re in a lower league but a decent team within that league, bottom half instructions if you’re in a lower league and predicted/expect mid-table or lower. Continue reading How-To: Make Your First Tactic