Your success as a Manager is heavily dependent upon your Players, so it is important you get the most out of them. Spending extra time on Player Training, analysing your Tactics and investing in the next generation of Players through your Youth Academy will prove a wise investment. In this chapter we will walk you through these management essentials.
Even with good Players, poor Tactics can lead to defeat after defeat, so you need to make sure you get yours right. Tactics can be set in the My Tactics screen well in advance of matches and may be applied to multiple games, so even though your super-fit Players are able to play many matches per day, you don’t have to go online to prepare for every one of them!
You can set up to three separate Tactics, storing them in the available “A”, “B” and “C” Tactics Slots (Club Members have access to a further six Tactic Slots), and apply one of them to each of your upcoming matches.
To see which Tactic will be used for each upcoming match, look at the Fixtures Page.
Two hours before a match kick offs, its associated Tactic is locked, so be sure to set it in time!
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The Mentality you choose for your team (Defensive, Balanced or Attacking) affects their positioning and how they react to different in-game circumstances.
Your team is more conservative and rarely attack. They focus on retaining the ball, and keep more Players between their goal and the ball.
Your Players will position themselves neutrally on the field (compared to Defensive or Attacking Mentalities) and try to keep a good balance between attack and defence. They will try to score goals when good opportunities present themselves. If they are losing, they will be more likely to attack, but without taking excessive risks in defence.
Your team will move forward when it can. Defenders will support attacks, even if it means leaving gaps in defence. With this Mentality, your Players are more likely to create chances, but it also increases the likelihood of conceding, so use it carefully!
There are three different Passing Styles available for selection. Choose one to decide how your team tries to play when in possession of the ball.
Your Players will prefer to use shorter passing and embark on more runs on and off the ball. This style may have higher possession and shooting stats, but the positions from which the shots occur may not be ideal.
Your Players will prefer to use longer ground and air passes to Players closest to the opposition’s goal.
Your Players will prefer to pass to their attacking colleagues who operate on the wings.
Remember, Players and Tactics are equally important if you want to succeed in ManagerZone. Make sure you chose the best Player for each position in your team and a Tactic that suits both your playing style and the strengths of your Players.
To train your team, you must drag each of your Players to the zone of the field that corresponds to the attribute you wish them to improve. Your Youth Players have their own Training Field, which can be accessed by clicking the YOUTH button above the senior team’s Training Field.
The main Training Field has room for 42 senior Players. If more are added, only the first 42 Players will train. Up to 23 Youth Players may be trained on their Training Field.
Players must be in position by midnight CET for the day’s training to have any effect – the results can be viewed the next day.
Training does not occur during days on which official League matches take place (Wednesday and Sunday).
One way to increase the amount of training a Player receives is to send him to a Training Camp. Camps employ intensive training sessions that concentrate on multiple attributes over duration of one to five weeks. You can send up to 10 Players to Camps at any one time.
Four regular Training Camp offers, aimed at different Player positions, are available for selection and these packages rotate twice per week (Mondays and Fridays). In addition to this you will find two special Training Camps:
Youth Package (YP): On this Camp, the Head of Youth Development tries to pinpoint the most probable role for your Youth Player and trains him in three useful skills for that role.
Youth Conditioning Camp (YCC): Allows Youth Players to accelerate their training and catch up with training they have missed during their first season (before they arrived at your team). This package will appear on Day 7 of the Season and remain to the Season end. You are allowed to send up to 9 new Youths to this Camp (Managers who have been playing ManagerZone for 14 days or less can send 15 Youths).
Form Package: Quickly get your Players in shape. By sending your Player to this premium, and instant, package the Player’s form will be restored to a rising 7 with the status "match fit". This package can be bought once per Season and allows you to get up to 11 Players in shape.
Players at Training Camps train every day except Sunday.
Your board encourages you to focus on Youth training and therefore subsidises up to 6 free training camp places for your Youth Players at any one time.
To check how well a Player is training, you can look at his “training efficiency” meter in the Training Reports screen. This shows how quickly he is improving (green segments: ) or deteriorating (red segments: ) in his currently-trained attribute. The more segments filled on the meter, the greater the rate of change. When a Player has improved enough to reach the next skill level in an attribute, a white ball appears on his meter (). When he has deteriorated enough for his attribute skill level to decrease, a white ball will appear within red segments (). Note that each daily change is reflected in a Player’s match performances – not just when his number of skill balls changes.
Players who are better at training will regularly have more green segments in their meter. If they reach 7 or 8 segments in normal training with the help of a Coach, you know you have a great trainer!
Coaches use their expertise to improve your Players’ training efficiency in their attributes. Like Players, they have different skill levels in each attribute. Their training effects are magnified if their skill level in the attribute they are teaching is greater than that of the Players under their guidance. Each Coach can assist 5 Senior Players and 6 Youth Players. You can only make use of one Coach per Training Field position - having more in place will not benefit the Players.
Club boards stress the importance of signing Coaches and therefore help all new Managers sign one, ready to assist with training from day one. This Coach only has a 14-day contract however, so make sure you renegotiate with him in time if you want him to stay!
To hire a Coach, you can browse the Available Coaches list, review the profiles on display and click on the Coach with whom you would like to begin negotiations. Next, offer a contract to the Coach. He will immediately let you know if he is interested in entering into negotiations with your Club or not. Your initial offer will start the first of three rounds of negotiations.
Creating a successful Youth Academy is vital for all teams in ManagerZone. When first year Youth Players arrive at your Club they will be 15 or 16 years old and will undergo three years (equal to three seasons) of training before graduating to your senior squad. During this time they are available to play for your Senior team, but cannot be sold.
As Youth Players start from a lower skill base and come to your Club eager to learn, their skills will generally improve more quickly than those of senior Players.
The number of Players at your Youth Academy can only be increased between days 1 to 11 and days 41 to 46 in each Season. Any changes to the Youth Academy are enacted by your Head of Youth Development on Saturdays; if you change your mind you can still alter the funding before then. If you have been a Manager for 14 days or less and invest in a Youth Academy; your first batch of Youths will arrive immediately.
Each week you will have the opportunity to review and exchange 2 Youths from your Youth Academy for new ones. You will be able to see and compare the current skills of each existing Youth and their potential replacement. There is also a possibility to buy (with Team Money) a scout report, which will pinpoint the main talents of the potential replacement.
If you decide to proceed with an exchange, the new Youth will arrive immediately (at the same time the replaced Youth will leave your Club).
Your Head of Youth Development offers you the opportunity to customise your team's Youth Academy, allowing you to pick first, second or third Season Players. All of those Players will have received full regular training up to yesterday and second and third Season Youths will have benefited from one Training Camp per full Season. All the new Youths will be found at your training ground once you confirm their training contract.
Check out the Youth Academy page if you want to learn more.
All Players are different and therefore respond differently to training. Some Players will train more quickly than others during their time as Youths and this may extend into their first few years as senior Players.
Faster training does not always mean that the Player will become a super star, just as slower early training does not mean their full potential won't be realised later in their careers.
Clubhouse Transfer Market
In addition to hiring Youth Players and training your current squad, another way to strengthen your team is to bring in brand new senior Players via the Transfer Market. As a new Manager, you may not access the Transfer Market until you have gained 14 days of game experience. This is based on the advice of your Club’s Chairman; at the beginning of your career it is more important to focus on your Youth Academy and Stadium to have the best possible conditions for the future. However, you can win the confidence of your Chairman by becoming a Club Member and this will gain you immediate access to the Transfer Market.
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ManagerZone's Transfer Market is based on an auction system where the largest bid submitted prior to the deadline purchases the Player for that price.
To bid for a Player, click the icon on a Player's profile and type your offer into the box. The next minimum acceptable bid is already shown. Once entered, an indication of your target’s potential salary based on your offer is shown at the bottom of the window together with any potential work permit fee (see below). If you are happy with your offer and the Player’s salary, place your bid.
You cannot reverse your decision and if you win the auction, you will have to pay the Team Money you offered.
You cannot bid more Team Money than you have available (this takes into account any Team Money committed to other bids).
Each time a team bids for a Player within three minutes of the transfer deadline, that deadline automatically extends by three minutes. This process continues until there are no further bids. A purchased Player will join your team and become available for training and matches around 24 hours after the deadline has passed. At this point, the transfer fee for the Player will also be taken from your Team Money. Until that moment, he continues to play for his previous team.
All teams are allowed to employ up to 3 foreigners at any given time. However all Players may qualify for a Work Permit which allows them to play in a foreign country as a result residing in that country. That means they will not be counted towards the foreign Player limit. A Work Permit may be purchased for existing foreign Players by clicking on the Work Permit icon (). A Work Permit may also be purchased at the time of bidding on the Transfer Market.
In your Region every Manager is allowed to purchase 6 Work Permit(s), which costs 10 times the associated Player's weekly salary. Below, you can see Work Permit limits in each Region.
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Now you are ready to start playing matches with your team - the most exciting part of the game! In the following chapter, we will look at the different competitions available for your team and how you can follow your matches.