In this post i will show you how i’ve build a solid foundation at 1. FC Köln in three steps. I always deem this to be a very important step if you want to create a successful club. Everything in life that doesn’t has the support of a solid foundation will eventually crumble. And that is exactly what i don’t want to happen during my savegame.
Step one; getting the right members of staff
Every coach in the world of football needs the support from his members of staff. The more skilled they are the better everything at the club can be executed. For my savegame at Köln we already know our five-year plan. In order to reach the goals that i’ve set i will need help. In my previous post i mentioned that i found the right man for the right job. And that is exactly what has happened. I found the right men for the right jobs and so i was able to create a very solid staff at Die Geißböcke.
Director of football
When you start a game with 1. FC Köln you have Armin Veh as your director of football. Now this guy isn’t that bad at all when you look at this attributes. But in my savegames the director of football plays a vital role. I delegate quite a few tasks to this person so i need to be sure that he is capable in fulfulling them. In my search for a proper DOF i came across somebody that i just could not refuse. I even was surprised that he would come to Köln to assist me in my adventures there. None other then Louis van Gaal is going to be my DOF.
Having such an experienced person on board is just awesome. I am really happy that we managed to pull off this transfer. After his resignation at Manchester United Louis van Gaal has been unemployed. Here at FC Köln he can help me build a new European powerhouse for the next three seasons. His main task is going to assemble a proper non-coaching and coaching staff, evaluate these people and either get replacements or renew their contracts if/when needed.
As the club has no Chief Scout once you start a save with them i was curious to see who Louis van Gaal would bring in for this position. I really love to surround myself with people who have experience in the world of football. You can understand i was pretty happy when Eric Gerets join Köln as our new Chief Scout.
Eric Gerets has a lot of experience as a manager in different parts of the world. You can see this experience coming back in his scouting knowledge. He has knowledge in area’s your typical scout would not and i am sure this will come in handy in the near future. Eric Gerets has signed a three year contract and will be joining Louis van Gaal during our three year project together. He will be leading our scouting team and needs to find young players who can be developed in first team players.
Head of Youth Development
With Matthis Heidrich we already had a pretty decent HOYD at the club. But pretty decent is not good enough for me so i searched and searched for a better HOYD. I can go into all of the technical details why a good HOYD is important but i won’t. For me the HOYD place a vital role in player development as he will bring in our youth prospects each year.
We’ve managed to bring in Bernhard Peters as our new HOYD. When you look at his attributes he really fits the bill perfectly. Together with his ‘model professional’ personality i can’t wait to see how our youth intakes are going to be. I know we still need to improve our youth facilities, junior coaching and youth recruitment but that is going to be the next step.
Step two; upgrading our facilities
The current facilities at 1. FC Köln are okay to start with. With Great training facilities, Adequate junior coaching and Above average youth recruitment the foundation is there. For the next few seasons i will need to invest in these areas to raise their level. I want everything to be at the highest level as quick as possible. This means that after we secure our promotion to the 1. Bundesliga i will shift my focus from buying players to investing into the club to develop our own youth players into first team players. This is going to be key if we want to be a successful club who wants to dominate the world of football globally.
Having excellent facilities will give a huge boost to the club. We should be able to sell players for higher fees and the quality of our players should improve over time. This means that on the sportive and financial side of things we will see a huge growth (if all goes well).
Step three: developing a healthy transfer policy
Buying and selling players in Football Manager is one of the best things in this game. I really love scouting players around the globe and then bring them to my club. Especially players that are “unknown” to everybody else or when i am able to bring a player to the club who would never make such a transfer in real life. Football Manager is a nice little fantasy game in which i love to experiment to see how far i can acutally go. Every transfer i do has one single goal behind it, i always want to create financial growth on a yearly basis. This means i don’t want to exceed the amount of money we receive for selling players by spending it on buying players. Keeping this well balanced will ensure that you will not get a negative financial result.
As long as we are not able to develop decent players we will mainly buy them. When i buy a player i always try to estimate if this player will gain value during the seasons to come. I also really look at his attributes and ca/pa to make sure this player is what we need. Most of the time i already have a prospect in one of my youth teams or even a backup player on the bench. It would be foolish to spend money on a player when you already have a replacement at the club. So i never spend money unless the player i have my eye on is a real addition for the club.
With buying young talents everything is completely different. It is very easy to create a money making machine out of scouting, buying and selling youngsters. Not every talent you buy will break into the first team. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a good profit out of these players. It all comes down to buying the right talents, giving them the proper amount of development and then sell them to the highest bidder. I usually make sure that i sell a player for twice the money that i’ve bought him for. Small example, when i buy a player for five million euro’s, i want at least ten million euro’s or more once i sell him. So it really pays out once you know which players are wanted in the world of Football Manager and which aren’t.
In my next post i will show you how i’ve analyzed the players at the club and which transfers we’ve done. The transfers that i’ve done are also focussed on the tactic that i will be using. In one or two posts i will also reaveal my tactic to you guys.
For now i want to thank everybody for reading this post, i can only hope you’ve enjoyed it. ‘Till next time …