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Josh Challies

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Freelance journalist with an unhealthy obsession for Football Manager. Prone to tactical meltdowns, overexcitement and annoying rival managers. Arsenal fan for my sins.

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A Guide to the Poacher

Filippo Inzaghi
The Poacher is a peculiar role. Everyone has probably used it at some point in their FM career but apart from the good old “Little N Large” combo, there isn’t much most FM players can tell you about that role. I have used it...

A Guide to the Wide Playmaker

Koke
While my last role piece was about the Poacher, a role that most people are probably somewhat familiar with because of real football, this one is about a role that does somewhat exist in real football but most people would probably struggle if they...

Know Your Role: Ball -Winning Midfielder

Football Manager 2021
The ball-winning midfielder, particularly with the defend duty, is perhaps one of the easiest players to identify for your team. However, making sure you get the right balance of tough tackling and hyper-aggression, all within the right system, is key to advancing...

Know Your Role: How to Find the Right False-Nine

Tempo Tactics
Following on from the deep dive into the Advanced Playmaker (attack) and how to spot the right player for the role, we now move on to an equally exciting role within any team, the false nine. Much has been...

A Guide to the Head of Youth Development

Youth Intake day is one of the most exciting days in football manager. We look forward to it every season, hoping for that next superstar. There is not a lot more satisfying than seeing your youngster turn into a world class player. Your youth...