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Is it possible to hire very high profile managers as your assistant?

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In my experience trying to recruit the best staff, there are a lot of candidates who are allocated as Managers. Unlike other roles, those allocated such cannot be recruited, and you get an auto-refuse.

I am wondering whether anyone has been able to recruit one of these Managers as a staff member.

For example, have you had Jose Mourinho as your Assistant Manager? :D

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Playing as Athletic I managed to get David Moyes as a coach. Does that count? He was sacked after one season by Man Utd, had a two year break, before getting QPR relegated on his first attempt. I had him as a coach for a year before he was hired as a manager by Sevilla, where he has been for a while and always seems to finish just slightly out of reach of the CL :)

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No, not really.. I also have never had one of my coaches be taken away to become Manager elsewhere.

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On FM09 I had a regen I signed in the Championship as a 20 or so year old that stayed with me through to retirement in his mid 30s. He became my assistant manager for a couple of years, until he was offered a big manager's job (Newcastle I think, who were Europa League regulars by that point) and did pretty well there. He lost his job though after a tycoon takeover and poor run immediately after - so of course I fired my assistant manager and had him straight back!

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I'm still trying to understand the thread title :confused:

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I had Ricky Sbragia as a scout. And Paul McDermott as a coach.

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I just wanted to check whether it was a set part of the game for everyone. Is it simply a matter of having a high enough reputation to get people such as Mourinho to join your staff? Or are there individuals who will always refuse?

RE thread title, it is such coz I reckon there are managers in the game and indeed most managers that will never be part of anyone's staff. I am checking if i am wrong.

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Okay, well I've changed it to something I understand :)

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I took in Paul Lambert as an Under 21 AM for around 2 years after he got fired, then he got a manager offer and poof, he disappeared faster than a cheeseburger in my hand.

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I think it's only right if there are some managers who wouldn't accept anything other than a managerial post. I can't ever see Mourinho, Van Gaal, Ancelotti, Guardiola etc playing second fiddle at any club and it would take a bit of realism away if that happened. Very surprised with the guy who said he had Wenger as an AM as I would've included him in the aforementioned group too.

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I seem to remember on one of the first Champ Man's with staff you could get him to be your Ass Man if you took over at Arsenal and fired Pat Rice.

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I managed to get Deschamps to join me at PSG in FM13, immediately after he left his job with France. Despite the club rep, even I was surprised he was prepared to stoop to such a level.

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I think it's only right if there are some managers who wouldn't accept anything other than a managerial post. I can't ever see Mourinho, Van Gaal, Ancelotti, Guardiola etc playing second fiddle at any club and it would take a bit of realism away if that happened. Very surprised with the guy who said he had Wenger as an AM as I would've included him in the aforementioned group too.

To be honest it may well have been a bug with that years game. Never managed it since, though now he just retires anyway.

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Another question. Do some managers refuse to be part of anyone's backroom team because of a mechanism other than reputation alone?

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