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Tips to manage teams expected to be relegated from lowest division

Started on 4 July 2020 by Nuggit82
Latest Reply on 5 July 2020 by Nuggit82
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I hope i can be of some help here.

I have never managed a lower league club but i did take Jamacia (a very low status national team) to the World Cup Final ....take a moment, and yes its true......i took Jamacia to the world cup final where France would beat me 2-0.

This happened on my FM2016 save and below was my secret to success.

1. Do not play with a lot of tactics and big changes .....KISS...keep it very simple so the stupid players can understand their role and position. No overlaps, no complex roles just simple defend, attack, run, shoot and tackle.

2. Play a formation that best suits the players you have available.
....For example i had a lot of midfielders when i was the Jamacian Manager so if one of my strikers was injuried i would use what i had and make the 2nd formation 4-5-1 ...i did not play a midfielder in a striker position so i could keep my primary formation all the time.

3. your set-piece takers are very very important....always check these and have the best possible selection for yout freekicks, penalties, corners.
...i feel people forget about the importance of these...you can get alot of goals from this.

4. It will not be pretty but it will be affective......Jamaica 3 - 0 England .....a score i will never forget, because we only had 5 shots on goal for the whole game!!!!
.....yes, it was a very nervous game

Your moments of game play will be limited but you can be affective when you have the ball.
Play to your physical strengths and let your creative players be expressive. Give them freedom and let them attack.

5. Understand that some of your players are not good enough but they can do a job for some time or some of the game \ season.
.....i had some terrible players for Jamacia but they did surprise me at times and they did a job for the team as well.

6. Because they are limited, do not be too hard / critical when they lose or play bad. This is so important when they lose to a better team. Always take positives away from a lost game when you are the underdogs.

I hope the above helped.
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