The Director Of Football, or rather Sporting Director as the title goes by in Italian; is role becoming more and more popular in the world of football. At some clubs you may even say it can be considered controversial. Some perform their role brilliantly, others well...Not so brilliantly.
It's becoming more and more important for the larger clubs especially to have a Director of Football. Dealing with a lot of the negotiations when purchasing players from around the world this leaves a lot more time for the managers to get to work on training field with their squad.
If executed correctly the Sporting Director can have a monstrously successful impact on a club. A good example would be Liverpool and Michael Edwards. A bad example would in my opinion be Manchester United and Ed Woodward. We even use them more and more in our beloved Football Manager. Some of us tend to still take on all the responsibilities at our teams but it's understandable that some of us managers need time to focus on other things when trying to become successful.
It is my intention with this thread, to prove just how effective a Sporting Director can be and I'll be doing this by becoming one.
I saw an interesting thread a few weeks back presenting the same idea and I was really intrigued. Sadly it didn't seem to get any further than the intro post, which was a shame because I was really looking forward to reading through. So no this isn't my idea, many others have done this before. I believe OmegaLukeGaming on the FMScout Youtube channel is trying the same thing out with Frankfurt.
You can find this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPRxP4dqwDU&t=358s
Also Luke's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz69o5GpwaZhNy6LAQolDYA
Fully recommend giving him a watch, a top guy.
Anyway, back to the task at hand. Just how exactly will we be doing this? Well, the game is called football manager and obviously this is the only role we can take. We can't be an actual DOF so I'll be changing some things in the Responsibilities tab to act out the role as realistically as possible.
- Hiring/Firing staff.
- Staff contract renewals.
- All player contract renewals
- Staff coaching courses.
- Assigning scouts.
- Handling scout meetings.
- All negotiations, including incomings, outgoings, and loans.
- Club culture, playing style, tactical setup.
- New signing press introductions.
- Arranging Friendlies
- Board discussions (Obviously)
For the purpose of this story our assistant manager will act as our manager, who he'll be I am yet to decide but these are the roles he will have:
- Picking match day squads.
- All in-game tactical changes.
- General Training
- Individual Training
- Press conferences and Tunnel interviews.
If I've missed anything I'm sure I will discover that soon enough and will be sure to rectify that by editing this list.
It's my intention to revamp the club I pick from top to bottom. For my own personal transfer policy to begin with I want to be as shrewd as possible with my sending, buying young players on the cheap and selling for profit. Moneyballing if you will. My financial goals are by no means motivated by greed but motivated by what's good for the club. In this cut throat business, money means everything and we'll need to it to become the most successful.
All that's left to do now is pick a team and outline our goals. Tune in for the next update to find out who that will be!