You treat every game like an experiment.You think you’re a ‘tinkerer’ like Jose Mourinho but you do not necessarily have the tactical know-how to pull it off. As soon as you sign a contract to be the manager of a club you have to take things seriously and possibly the most important thing to do is nail down your go-to tactic; your formation, mentality, fluidity and team instructions etc. @iTacticalGenius wrote on his blog that it is fundamental to maximize your squad’s tactic familiarity level before the competitive season starts. He suggests organising as many pre-season friendlies as possible and against weaker teams to boost morale so your players can hit the ground running when the real games begin.
You think you have already made it in the football management game.You see yourself as the new Bob Paisley / Sir Matt Busby and it is only a matter of time before you emulate their success and legendary status. Complacency is your worst enemy in FM and if you turn up in a new job or new season thinking you are such a good coach your ‘genius’ formation will win you every game without any thought or major effort, you are sadly mistaken. As in real world football you and your squad must improve every season, every match, even every training session. If you start thinking pressing spacebar is all you need to do your results will suffer sooner rather than later.
You have lost the dressing room.An unfortunate feature of FM14 is players’ proclivity to act like prima donnas. Whether they think they run the club and question your performance (when it should be you questioning theirs), or they react badly when a player is signed who can play in their position, some footballers are hard to handle and it’s tempting to put your foot down and exercise a zero tolerance policy to their acts of ‘Rooney’. Count to 10 though because although they might be selfish and have inflated opinions of themselves you need to get along with all of your players to achieve success.
Don’t panic! Don’t panic!It is natural to fear the sack but since I stopped worrying about the prospect I have become a better manager. When you focus too much on the threat of losing your job you make lots of snap decisions which can either prove to be huge errors in judgement or disrupt the flow of the team – or both. Just because you have gone a goal down early in a match does not necessarily make it time to make three subs, change your mentality and formation. Just because your top striker is struggling for goals does not mean you should transfer list him or even drop him straight away. He will surely be back to goalscoring ways soon, don’t panic.
Applying for other jobs while managing another club.Journalists earn their money on FM and if you apply for a managerial position elsewhere they will find out and so will your employers – it will not end well. This is one of the more obvious mistakes to avoid but it can be very tempting to go for those big jobs. If you cannot help yourself, save your game first so you can load it again if you do not get the job you applied for and upset your club. Purists might call this cheating, I am not one.
Set unrealistic board expectations just to get more funds.You are consumed with ego and greed and tell the board you can win the league so you can get a few million extra for transfers. I always keep expectations to a minimum in order to prolong my life at a club. There is no point having lots of ambitions for the club if you are sacked after your first season because you did not reach the high bar you set for yourself and left your employers disappointed. It makes the game so much easier and more enjoyable if you set a realistic target and keep everyone happy. Do not be too unambitious in your pre-season team meeting though as some of your players might become demotivated.
You tell the board either they build a new stadium or you are out of there. Ultimatums. Never a good idea in any aspect of life or games. Even more stupid than applying for a job under your employer’s nose, telling them if they do not grant your wish you will leave will 99% of the time result in you being pushed before you can jump. I must admit I have not tried this one many times so maybe you have a better chance of getting away with it than I suggest. There are far better ways of getting what you want. Once you show your value to the club by achieving things on the pitch your employer/s will be much more likely to see things from your perspective.