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  1. Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game

    As I mentioned in this post: Game just not enjoyable..., I was thinking of really learn from the tactical guru's how to micro-manage in Football Manager 2013. I DO NOT plan to only rely on feedback from "the community" and I mean by this, that I do want to try and manage it on my own. Ofcourse in some ways I probably fail or am just plain wrong in my thoughts, but I would never know this if I don't get the help or pointers from the more experienced managers.

    The idea of micro-managing didn't come from me, but I saw TheBetterHalf starting a thread, that you can find here: The Cardiff Project - Micro Managing a Team - by The Better Half, about micro-managing and so I thought of doing the same, but ofcourse with the help from you guys.

    So here goes.
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  2. I decided to start with KV Mechelen, my favourite team and the first part according to the thread is:
    PART 1 - First day at the office
    Here, we look at the board expectations, the scouting network,meet with the staff, get an assistant report etc.

    What is expected in the league: "a respectable league position" (so I assume between 5 and 10)
    What is expected in the cup: Quarter final

    What is my scouting network:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-10012013-scoutingnetwork.png
    as you can see, at this moment I only have one scout, and this are his stats:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-10012013-chief-scout-marcel-van-campenhout.png

    Mission 1: Hire new scout(s) with good judging ability and good juding potential or is it ok to have or good judging ability or good judging potential?

    Now we will advance to "meet the assistants":

    Interesting things I learned on the meeting:
    Minimum expectation: Top half of the league (league has 16 teams, so between 1 and 8)
    Wage budget: €70,24kTransfer budget: €299k
    Intra-squad friendly: Yes (not really important, I guess)
    Report of the team: Yes
    Meeting with rest of staff: heck, why not?
    regular reports with input from backroom staff: Fortnightly basis
    Other tasks at the club: I declined, because I can change this all later on

    Players who are out on loan:
    Liroy Zhairi (Midfielder (Right) / D/WB (R), M (C) to Maccabi Haifa
    Jonas Laureys (Midfielder (Left) / M (C), AM (LC) to Westerlo (Second division)
    Tom Pietermaat (Midfielder (Centre) / D (RC), WB (R), DM, M/AM (R) to Aalst (Second division)

    Chief scout with first scout update:
    Highest recommendation is 30yr old midfielder Karel Geraerts (3,5 stars)

    One of the best players of the team:
    Mads Junker (4 stars)

    I guess I have the most important information for part 1? The next part would be a closer look to the players.

    Edit:
    My assistant manager believes that 4-1-2-1-2, 4-2-2-2 and 4-4-2 Diamond are the most suitable formation for the players at the club.
    Last edited by Kenny Peeters; 10/01/2013 at 07:39 PM. Reason: Forget some important part, although it comes back in part 6

  3. PART 2 - The Players
    Here, we take a closer look at each and every one in the team.

    I guess to get to know my team better, I first look at the amount of players in each line, I determine this number by using the filters provided by FM.

    Defenders: 11 players
    Midfielders: 13 players
    Attackers: 3 players
    Total amount of players: 24

    I will not post a screenshot of all the defenders to my disposal, so I just go look at the team report who would be my starting defenders, if no one is injured:

    DC 1 is a limited defender with a defend duty: Boris Pandza
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-10012013-boris-pandza.png
    As it seems, he is a very good (4-star) defender, with not really anything to look out for.

    DC 2 is also a limited defender with defend duty: Seth De Witte
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    He is also a good (3,5 stars) defender, with also not really anything to look out for.

    DR 1 is a Full Back with Defend duty, Xavier Chen
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-10012013-xavier-chen.png
    He is a good (3,5 stars) player, but I am worried about his Anticipation and Concentration. I feel like I should do something with this in my tactic?

    DL 1 is a full back with defending duty: Anthony Van Loo
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    In my opinion he is an average (3-stars) player of the team. his Anticipation, Concentration, Positioning and Accelaration are points that worry me and probably need to be covered within the tactics?

    So these should be my starting 4 defenders. Is there anything to add about them?

    PS: Please, at any time, feel free to ask me more information about the team, player, ... I will answer them as quickly as possible !

  4. I like the idea of a story about actual management.
    Hopefully we can pick up a few things from watching how somebody goes about playing the game in detail. Thanks!

  5. I agree about Chen Xavier, but I suppose you've minimilaised what he has to think (virtually) about with the defend duty.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by beeje13 View Post
    I like the idea of a story about actual management.
    Hopefully we can pick up a few things from watching how somebody goes about playing the game in detail. Thanks!
    Thanks for the first positive feedback on the thread and hopefully I can help myself and others with getting to know the details of the game.

    Quote Originally Posted by beeje13 View Post
    I agree about Chen Xavier, but I suppose you've minimilaised what he has to think (virtually) about with the defend duty.
    First of all I would like to ask what you mean with Xavier Chen?

  7. I have gathered some more (basic) information about my other defenders:

    Sheldon Bateau - Full back - Defend - 1,5 stars - Stamina (7), Acceleration (10), Teamwork (11), Anticipation (11)
    Kenny Van Hoevelen - Limited Defender - Defend - 3,5 stars
    Joachim Van Damme - Central Defender - Defend - 2 stars - Positioning (9), Decisions (9), Determination (11), Concentration (11)
    Steven De Petter - Anchor man - Defend - 3,5 stars - Tackling (10)
    Maxime Biset - Limited Defender - Defend - 3 stars
    Antonio Ghomsy - Full back - Defend - 3 stars - Concentration (10)

  8. At the moment, I started putting every detail in a word-document so I do not get lost in the details...it was like this already but anyhow, I start with midfielders now.

    I learned looking at my squad that I have 4 players who could be alright in the tactic:

    MC 1 is a deeplying playmaker with defending duty: Robin Henkens
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-10012013-robin-henkens.png
    He is a good players (3,5 stars), but I am worried with his Marking, Strength and Creativity

    MC 2 is a box to box midfielder with support duty: David Destorme
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-10012013-david-destorme.png
    He is a good player (3,5 stars) but his Marking, Passing, Anticipation, Dribbling, First Touch worry me. It's a lot that worries me but he has 3,5 stars so he must have a lot of things that make up for his "flaws".

    The AML is an Inside Forward with attacking duty: Thomas Enevoldsen
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    The only problem I get with him is that it makes my (potential) tactic unbalanced, so maybe I should see what his stats are in the centre of the midfield? Then it seems he has 3,5 stars (like the rest of the midfield) for Deeplying playmaker, Advanced playmaker, box-to-box-midfielder, Central midfielder and Ball winning midfielder. Because I already have a deeplying playmaker and a box-to-box midfielder, I think I should "best" make him an advanced playmaker in games where the opponent midfield has less than 3 players in centre and in the other games, I could use him as a central midfielder. That's my guess, any opinions?

    Screen of Thomas Enevoldsen - Advanced Playmaker (Attack), I saw that with attack his dribbling and anticipation who are both 14 are taken into account while in support his stamina that has 11, so my guess is that attack should be better
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    For the Central Midfield role, I decided to choose for Attack because it really was bugging me that he only got 5 for marking, now his only flaw is his 10 for finishing.
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-10012013-thomas-enevoldsen-mca.png

    The other midfielders are:

    Wannes Van Tricht - Deeplying playmaker - Defend - 2 stars (4,5 stars potential) - Strength ( 6 ), Positioning ( 6 ), Creativity (10), Marking (10), Tackling (10), Composure (11)
    Abdul Yakinu Iddi - Trequartista - Attack - 2,5 stars - Off the ball (8), Anticipation (8), Finishing (8), Passing (10), Flair (11)
    Alessandro Cordaro - Attacking midfielder - Attack - 3,5 stars - Off the ball (8), Creativity (10), Decisions (10)
    Boubacar Diabang Dialiba - Winger - Attack - 3 stars - Flair ( 9), Crossing (11), Off the ball (11), Decisions (11), Agility (11), Balance (11)

    So to summarize my idea of my midfield:

    I have 3 good players in the centre being Robin Henkens (DLP), David Destorme (Box-To-Box) and Alessandro Cordaro (AMC) and 1 good player on the flanks. Luckily this is my favourite team so I know that in real life Alessandro Cordaro also plays on the flanks and in the game he has 3,5 stars when he is played out as a winger. His flaws as a winger are: Off the ball (8), Decisions (10), Balance (10).

    This basically gives me some ways to switch my midfield around:
    - I can play with 1 DMC, 2 MC's and 1 AML and 1 AMR
    - I can play with 2 DMC's, 1 MC and 1 AML and 1 AMR
    - I can play with 2 DMC's, 2 MC's, 1 AMC
    - I can play with 1 DMC, 3 MC's, 1 AML(or AMR)
    - I can play with 2 MC’s, 1 AML and 1 AMR, 1 AMC

    That's about it, I guess...? I'm curious about any thoughts of the experienced FM'ers

    Probably tomorrow I will post the analyse of my attack, it's finished but I guess this were enough updates for today. But as you see in my summary of defense and me only having 3 attackers, I will probably play with 1 striker in the matches. Who will play depends on my midfield-setup and the opponent ofcourse.
    Last edited by Kenny Peeters; 19/01/2013 at 03:38 PM. Reason: Some other ways I can play in midfield

  9. I said I was going to update the attackers-section, so here goes !

    I have 3 strikers in my first team and they are all three somewhat equal in stars. But because my ass. manager said that Mads Junker was one of the best players of my squad, I will start with him.

    Mads Junker is a poacher with attack duty and 4 stars:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-11012013-mads-junker.png
    If I have to say something "bad" about him, it is that his Pace and First Touch isn't that good.

    The second striker is Nicklas Pedersen and is a Deeplying forward with attack duty and also 4 stars
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    Also not a bad player, but "only" 11 for finishing as a striker is not really good, but he makes up for it in creativity and off the ball, I think.

    My third striker is Jaime Ruiz and he is an advanced forward with attacking duty and he has 3,5 stars:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-11012013-jaime-ruiz.png
    His low stats are flair and crossing, so I guess I will play him as an advanced forward, but only let him play in the centre of attack and not too much roaming.

    Well this is my first team and if I filter on my reserves and my youth squad, I see that I don't really have a lot of potential - players for the first team. The only people that could grow into the first team are:
    - Jordi Vanlerberghe is a M (R) with a potential of 4 stars
    - Jan Mertens is a (DM) with a potential of 4 stars
    - Tom Pietermaat, who is out on loan, with a potential of 3,5 stars.

    Maybe, and just maybe, I will give the first two some play time in first team when the game is already won, so they get better and maybe join in on the first team further on in the season.

    Part 3 would consist of making a SWOT of my team. Although I do know what a SWOT means, I have no idea how to begin on it for Football Manager. SWOT is basically a management concept where you list your Strength's and your Weaknesses. That are two things you have to base on YOUR team. OT is also based on your team but not only on yourself. Those last parts consists of Opportunities (for example, the youth players with a high potential rating could be cheap alternatives when given team instead of buying some players) and Threads. Threads will focues on the parts that the opponent can exploit in your team, for example, if you have a REALLY slow fullback, you can be 100% sure that the opponent will place a very quick player against him.

    I basically know the theory behind it, but I have no idea how to apply it on my team...so I will have to think about this (or maybe get some input on what I have to look for...)

  10. PART 3 - Making a SWOT

    So...I figured some things out on how to do my SWOT-analysis:

    For my Strength's and weaknesses, I made some points when thinking about my players. For my strenght's I also, made a selection of the following attributes: Acceleration, Dribbling, Heading, Marking, Passing, Tackling and Pace and I looked at who was above 12 for this attribute.

    Strength's:
    - Centre of the team
    o Defense: Pandza, De Witte, Van Hoevelen, De Petter (VMC)
    o Midfield: Henkens, Destorme, Cordaro, Enevoldsen
    o Attack: Junker, Pedersen
    - Young players (Vanlerberghe, Mertens)
    - Players who can play in more than one line: Seth De Witte, Joachim Van Damme, Steven De Petter, Maxime Biset
    - Good dribblers: Alessandro Cordaro, Thomas Enevoldsen, Mads Junker, Boubacar Dialiba Diabang, Abdul Yakinu Iddi, Nicklas Pedersen
    - Good first meters: Xavier Chen, Boubacar Dialiba Diabang, Abdul Yakinu Iddi, Alessandro Cordaro, Antonio Ghomsy, Nicklas Pedersen, Wannes Van Tricht, Jaime Ruiz, Thomas Enevoldsen
    - Good heading: Boris Pandza, Joachim Van Damme, Maxime Biset, Seth De Witte, David Destorme, Steven De Petter, Jaime Ruiz, Mads Junker, Kenny Van Hoevelen
    - Good marking: Boris Pandza, Anthony Van Loo, Sheldon Bateau, Joachim Van Damme, Maxime Biset, Seth De Witte, Steven De Petter, Xavier Chen, Kenny Van Hoevelen, Antonio Ghomsy
    - Good passing: Joachim Van Damme, Robin Henkens, Thomas Enevoldsen, Mads Junker, Nicklas Pedersen, Wannes Van Tricht, Seth De Witte, Alessandro Cordaro
    - Good tackling: Joachim Van Damme, Sheldon Bateau, Boris Pandza, Anthony Van Loo, Maxime Biset, Seth De Witte, Antonio Ghomsy, Chen Xavier, Robin Henkens, Kenny Van Hoevelen
    - Good pace: Abdul Yakinu Iddi, Chen Xavier, Sheldon Bateau, Boubacar Dialiba Diabang, Wannes Van Tricht, Alessandro Cordaro, Antonio Ghomsy, Steven De Petter, Jaime Ruiz, Nicklas Pedersen, Thomas Enevoldsen, Boris Pandza, Joachim Van Damme, Robin Henkens, David Destorme, Anthony Van Loo

    Weaknesses:
    - I only have one "decent" (3+ star) full back and that's Xavier Chen, so I guess I need to buy two who can be a direct asset for the team, so a 3,5-4star). One VL (with 3,5-4 stars) and one VL (with 4 stars)
    - I only have one good flank player and that's Thomas Enevoldsen, so in my opinion I need to buy 3 players, if I decide to play wide. One AMR with at least 3,5-4 stars, One AML with at least 3,5 stars.
    - My third weakness, was like I said, my poor scouting network and I already placed an advert for scouts

    Now the most tricky part was looking at the Opportunities and the Threads for my team, but then I remembered there was a tool in football manager where you can do a team comparison, so I took this as a guide.

    My opportunities would be:
    Defense:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-11012013-swot-opportunities-defense.png
    It seems that we are top and almost top of the league in Tackling and Marking

    Midfield:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-11012013-swot-opportunities-midfield.png
    My midfielders are rather average in the league except for teamwork

    Attack:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-11012013-swot-opportunities-attack.png
    It comes a bit as a surprise, but it seems that my attack is for half top of the league: Finishing, Long Shots (although it’s not really that good), Anticipation, Movement

    Threads:

    Defense:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-11012013-swot-threads-defense.png
    For defense, it seems that the biggest threads are the average acceleration and heading of my team.

    Midfield:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-11012013-swot-threads-midfield.png
    For midfield it seems, like I already said, we’re average in the league except for Passing and Technique

    Attack:
    Help on learning how to micro-manage in the game-11012013-swot-threads-attack.png
    In attack, it seems that we are one of the baddest of the league in Pace

    Conclusion of my SWOT:
    - I have to look out for pacey strikers and targetmen, so I guess I will have to get the space between defenders and keeper as low as possible (at least for my central defenders). My full-backs seem to be rather quick, so the space behind them can be a bit further up in comparison with my central defenders. It could be an idea to make them tackle quite hard, because it seems my defense is good in tackling. I could also make my defenders mark their man, but without pressing too much I think?
    - I guess in midfield, it would be hard to get rid of all the problem zones because we're average which is not that bad. I still think though that, because of the passing, we have to give them short passes. I do not want to lose them too many balls on the midfield. I also have to look out for their poor technique, so they may not be too long on the ball making forward runs.
    - In attack it seems we have a lot of ways to score, but it is a big NO to try and score with through balls because my attack seems just too slow.
    - To do:
    - Buy VL, VR, AML, AMR
    - Hire Scouts

    After doing this SWOT analysis, and I hope I did a good job with this, it would be time to go on to Part 5 and that are transfers: What, Why and When?

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