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I'm aware that with the delegation of responsibilities to other members of staff (including Director of Football, Chief Scout, Assistant Manager etc), you can do a workaround of this on FM 19, but a real life version instead would be incredible. 

Currently the manager has the option to control both the playing side (Head Coach) and the business side (Director of Football) of the club. Some players much prefer one aspect over the other, and find themselves bogged down with aspects they don't enjoy, so alongside being able to select the current manager role, it'd be good to be able to select different management roles to focus on your area of enjoyment.

 

Start New Game, Add New "Manager", Management Role:

- Manager  - which is current FM mode & allows a lot of autonomy of hiring/firing Director of Football, Other Staff etc. (A more traditional approach to management in the Ferguson / Wenger style) 

Currently this allows you to micro-manage every aspect of football, but sometimes you can irreparably damage the club (e.g. unrealistic transfers over 48 months, expensive sacking of all staff etc.)

 

- Head Coach - New Role - You control the playing side: tactics, managing games, interacting with press, players & coaches. (A more continental approach e.g. Guardiola with Txiki Begiristain)

In this mode you won't be able to interfere with the club's existing scouting network and director of football role. Means you have less control over the financial / club side, and have to work with a DoF to scout / find / buy players - DoF finalises contracts / transfer negotiations etc.

This role will streamline the business side, so you just select your ideal targets (& backup targets), just like in real life and try to manage the team on the pitch.  

 

-  Director of Football - New Role - You control the business side: You finalise all negotiations for players, transfers (in/out). 

You work with the chief scout to establish scouting networks to find your next star on the cheap (e.g. Mahrez, Kante etc in the manner that a club like Porto or PSV do with their scouting networks).

You have to establish a good relationship with agents and sound out whether players would be interested in a move (& time it well, e.g. while your club is playing well). 

You'd have to work with the manager to identify targets, the manager may want 1 profile of player (e.g. Mourinho wanting players in their prime with low re-sale value e.g. Perisic, Alderweirald) vs the DoF or the Club wanting a different profile of player (e.g. Ed Woodwood wanting to retain younger players Mourinho wanted rid of who can improve with time e.g. Martial & Pogba). 

Some clubs like the big Turkish clubs like to sign ageing stars to boost their profile, so this may suit the hiring of a manager with that tendency. Then as a DoF your job is to find such targets and bring them to the club. 

You will report to the board and have their confidence over deals & whether they fit the profile of player the club wants to sign (like in the current manager transfer confidence), and you could also have manager confidence (how happy they are with your signings for them, whether they agree with your signings) and fan confidence (see how Roma's fans turned on DoF Monchi after he sold Nainggolan and Strootman to bring young players in to the club). 

The key to doing a good job would be juggling the 3 confidences successfully, while managing the club's finances. 

Manager / Fans / Board could interact with you via the press, and your level of control and input may fluctuate in relation to the manager's strength. 

If the manager doesn't agree with your signing, it may be that he refuses to play them (like Mourinho and Shevchenko), and this may affect your re-sale value of the player etc. 

A good director of football should (along with interaction from the manager) be able to convince transfer targets that their club is the right one for them (e.g. Marcel Brands convincing the likes of Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne to come from Barcelona to Everton when this may be unlikely on football manager). 

 

Some clubs may only have room for a Manager, while others may want a DoF and Head Coach model.

It would be interesting to see if you could pair an online game, where one player is a DoF, while the other is Head Coach, and you have to work co-operatively to succeed. 

 

Just an idea to expand the game, and allow players more control over the areas of the game they find most interesting. 

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I like the general idea but, to be frank, if only I had a way to "talk with the DOF"... like:  "These are the needs I have: one first team left wingback, one rotation center-mid, one back-up central defender."  instead of just crossing my fingers hoping he won't sign a twenty-ninth striker!  This would, very honestly, make my day, everyday and I would surely have a DOF with responsabilities instead of getting rid of him the second I set foot in the club because he is nothing but a useless wage to pay...  I personnally cannot believe that even when the DOF is making decisions on players to buy in a big club, that a manager doesn't have any way of saying something, somewhere...

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9 hours ago, Rien102 said:

I like the general idea but, to be frank, if only I had a way to "talk with the DOF"... like:  "These are the needs I have: one first team left wingback, one rotation center-mid, one back-up central defender."  instead of just crossing my fingers hoping he won't sign a twenty-ninth striker!  This would, very honestly, make my day, everyday and I would surely have a DOF with responsabilities instead of getting rid of him the second I set foot in the club because he is nothing but a useless wage to pay...  I personnally cannot believe that even when the DOF is making decisions on players to buy in a big club, that a manager doesn't have any way of saying something, somewhere...

I really get what you're saying.

I would like my DoF to go after sensible targets in collaboration with us, head coaches. I want to go up to him and say "Hey, our current 1st choice goalkeeper wants to move to a bigger league. There's no point keeping him here, he earned it. Our second goalie is nowhere near the standards we need and there's noone in the youth squads that's ready for a step up. Go find me a good quality goalkeeper." Your DoF should hold meetings with your Chief Scout and set up a plan to get a new GK, coming back with suggestions to you. You should even be able to tell him you're preferring homegrown players or if any nationality will do.

I am aware you can do this to some extent currently but the whole interaction with DoF, Chief Scout and us, the managers, should be looked at.

Right now there's not really a point in having a DoF at all.

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