#FM17 : Hope of Hapoel : Deliberately avoiding balance

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If my recruits to the physio and scouting teams sign on the dotted, I’m confident we’ll be able to bring good players into the club and keep them out of the treatment room. But who’s going to develop them?

Not, if the FM database is to be believed, Galil Ben-Sha-anan. He’s a decent enough bloke – adaptable, disciplined, and determined. It’s just that he seems to have nothing to be adaptable, disciplined, or determined about. He’s here as a goalkeeping coach but I can’t for the life of me see why.

I ask around. ‘What about Nir Rahmin?’ someone says. ‘He’s a pretty good goalkeeping coach.’

‘Only pretty good? Not very good?’

‘Well, he’s coached in this league. Played in it too. You could do a lot worse.’

‘But also a lot better?’

‘You could probably find someone more expert in the business of coaching goalies, but…’

‘But what?’

‘Rahmin’s resilient. He won’t get rattled in a relegation fight. And he’s disciplined and determined: he’ll make your goalies work hard and keep them up to the mark.’

I like the sound of Mr Rahmin. So much that I offer him a three-year deal. He seems pleased to accept.

My contact was right. There were more-expert specialists on the market. But they were described to me as having ‘balanced’ personalities. I’ve written in previous posts about FM’s way with euphemism. ‘Balanced’ turns out to mean ‘Contributes little or nothing to the squad’.

If you experience successive defeats with a squad full of ‘balanced’ players, be very afraid.

 

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