If you assign the scouting responsibility to another member of staff, then that staff member will be in charge of the club’s assignments.
However, you can still have an input on these assignments and specifically which type of player the scouts will be looking out for. This can be done via General and Short Term Focuses which can only be set when you do not have the scouting responsibility.
These focuses can be set on the Scouting Centre screen or the Assignments screen.
General Focuses will enable you to give the scouting team a rough idea of the type of player you would like to be found. You won’t be able to go into specific positions but would be able to specify the playing style, age group and availability of the players. So you could tell your scouts to focus on finding young, creative players who are available to be signed now. Once the General Focus has been set all scouts will look for players that meet the criteria that you’ve set.
Short Term Focuses will enable you to give more specific details on the type of player that they are after. You’re able to specify position, roles, age, CA/PA and duration. The minimum duration is 1 week and the maximum is 1 month.
The Short Term Focus is at its most useful when you’re after a player to sign urgently. It could be that the club’s two left backs have been ruled out for the rest of the season with only 2 weeks of the transfer window left. You will then be able to create a Short Term Focus for a left back. Once created, all of your scouts will move on to the Short Term Focus assignment in order to identify the player that you need. Once the Short Term Focus has been completed all of your scouts will revert back to the General Focus assignment.