Managing your team in the lower leagues in career mode can be a daunting task. You will usually have a minimal budget and a minimal squad size, then add into that the jam packed league campaign, League Cup, FA cup and JP Trophy. All this comes together to give you a huge uphill challenge! But never fear Fifa Blogger has everything you need to become a legend of the lower leagues, and take your team all the way to the promise land.
Following on from our lower league player guide, we have decided to offer up some more of our wisdom on handling life in the lower reaches of football. There is a lot more to it than just picking up the right players, and this quick and concise guide will equip you with the tools you need to be a success.
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As you may have guessed if you read our “best players to buy in the lower leagues” we like to focus on a more youthful squad. Not only can you pick them up pretty cheaply, they have the potential to grow with you as you progress through the leagues. As they will likely not be to far off the overall rating of your current squad, they will be getting regular first team football. This will allow them to progress quicker than if they were getting sporadic time at a bigger club. It goes without saying as well that they can be sold for a heavy profit, that can allow you to buy those established names later in the game. However you can always count out…
… the old guard. Although long term success will arrive with a youthful team, players who are 30 plus can really help you achieve your short term goals. IE gaining promotion. You can usually pick them up fairly cheaply, and they will likely come in with extra quality, especially in the technical and mental attributes. Use these to fill out your squad and cover for those young legs.
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Fill Out Your Squad
It has long been said quality is more important than quantity. Well in the lower leagues you need BOTH! This does not mean we advocate going out and buying player rated in the 30′s for the sake of it, however you do need plenty of options. It will be common practice to get 3 games in a week and you need to have rotation options. A player rated 55 but with full fitness is more use to you than a player who is rated 60 but totally spent. Try and achieve two players for every position, and if this is not possible always consider…
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…Getting in players who can play a few different positions. Versatile midfielders who can fill in at the back or all across the midfield are very handy. This is because midfielders get through the most work, and will loose fitness quickest.
Pressure The Chairman
Do not be afraid to go begging for money from the men upstairs. If you feel you can raise expectations either in the cup or the league make sure you do it. They will not back you with millions, but even 100,000 can make a big difference in the lower leagues. Get whatever you can!
Use The Loan Market
It may not be advisable to have a team full of loan players, but chances are if you want a squad that can cope you will need a few.The bonus is you can get players that may not be achievable on a permanent deal. Also make sure you always get a future fee involved. This means they get to grow on loan with you for a year, and then you can pick them up at the end no questions asked on a permanent. It goes without saying you need to make this fee as low as you can. For example you sign a young striker 55 rated on loan. He bangs in the goals and by the end he is rated 64 and valued at £1.8 million. Yet you used your cunning lower league management brain, and stuck in a future fee clause. Just like that you snap him up for the pre agreed 300,000. You are already in line to make a big profit, and you get your star man full time. Decent!
Do not be scared to use the youth scouts if you can afford them. We recommend filling the sqaud first, but try and save some dosh for youth scouts. I would definitely try and stick to the basic principals of scouting (you can find these in our guide to youth scouting) and leave them to grow in the youth team until at least the May boost happens. We did advise that though with bigger reputation clubs in mind, who may not find room to develop a lad in the low 50′s to 60′s in their first team. However the chance is these players would be pushing for first team appearances straight away, meaning they could fill their potential just as quickly without getting boosted in May.
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