“Football Chairman” has been one of the top-selling games in the UK app store for over three years, and to celebrate there’s a new FREE version of the game available now for the 2016/17 season. It’s called – imaginatively enough – Football Chairman Free.
If you’re new to the Football Chairman series, here are three key tips to get your chairman career heading in the right direction:
1. Appoint the right manager for the job
One of the first tasks you’ll need to carry out as chairman is to find a manager for your club. Managers have skill ratings based on three key areas: Matches (M), Coaching (C) and Transfers (T).
A manager with a high “Matches” rating will be able to get the best out of his players on matchday – perhaps with his motivational ability, or tactical nous. This can be a critical skill if your team is likely to be struggling near the bottom of the table and you need a boss whocan help a poor squad to over-perform.
A manager with a high “Coaching” rating will be able to work with his players on the training field to help them improve. A boss like this is often a good long-term investment, especially if your club can’t afford big-money signings.
A manager with a high “Transfers” rating will be able to find and attract better players in the transfer market. If you’ve got some cash to spend and want to improve your squad as quickly as possible, this is the guy to go for.
In an ideal world you’ll find a candidate who is strong in all three of those areas. But if the perfect man isn’t available, think about which of the skill areas your club needs to prioritise.
2. Don’t improve your club’s facilities too quickly
At the start of the game a lot of people think “Right, I’m going to give my club a fantastic new stadium and great training facilities”. But overspending on facilities is the easiest way to send your club’s finances spiralling out of control.
Remember, you start the game as a tiny non-league club in the seventh tier of English football. You’ve only got a few hundred fans, so there’s no point in giving them a big stadium to sit in.
Likewise your players at the start are a hardworking but pretty talentless bunch. What do you expect when they’re being paid a tenner a week? Even the world’s best training facilities aren’t going to make a lot of difference when half your players lack the basic skills to kick the ball straight.
Just improve your club’s facilities slowly and steadily as your team moves up the divisions, and hopefully you’ll reap the rewards in the end.
3. You’re not the manager - but you are the boss!
Being a chairman is very different to being a manager, and that’s a point that quite a lot of people miss when they first start playing the game.
For one thing, managing the club’s finances off the field is just as important as achieving success on the pitch. Making sure you don’t overspend on the club’s facilities, as mentioned above, is crucial.
But perhaps even more important is keeping control of the transfer activity. Although the manager will find potential signings, it’s your job to negotiate transfer fees and wages.
The manager won’t always get it right – sometimes he’ll suggest a player who you might not think is worth signing. He might be too old, too expensive, not good enough, or play in a position in which you’ve already got plenty of good players.
In those circumstances, remember, you’re the boss! Don’t buy players unless you want to – even if it upsets the manager when you ignore his recommendations. At the end of the day it’s your club… and if the manager gets stroppy, you’ll always be able to find a replacement!
If you remember the tips above, you’ll have a much better chance of building a successful, sustainable club. In thefree app you’ve got 30 seasons to reach the top, and with a lot of shrewd planning and a little bit of luck, hopefully you’ll see your club lifting the Prem trophy before you retire!