A new role was introduced on Football Manager 2020, the Technical Director. My simple advice regarding the role of a Technical Director is if you want to run a fully functioning club where advice is given by staff you can trust, you’ll need to recruit a good and reliable Technical Director.
What does a Technical Director do?
The Technical Director will be the person (should you give them the responsibilities) that will be in charge of the various departments (coaching, scouting and medical) at your club. In basic terms, your Technical Director tells you how well the staff at your club are doing.
In the real world, the Director role is designed to facilitate long-term strategy and continuity independent of a manager’s remit with the team. It is the person in control of a club’s infrastructure.
In the lower leagues, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to recruit a Technical Director. However, when managing a big club, things can get busy for yourself as a manager meaning you may not have the time to pay attention to staffing at the club. At this time, it is a good idea to recruit a Technical Director and delegate the management of club staff to the person recruited.
What are the key attributes of a Technical Director?
As mentioned above the Director can, if given the responsibility be managing the critical area of your club – managing staff. The main attributes to look for are Judging Staff Ability and Negotiating the definitions from Football Manager can be seen below.
These two attributes work as a partnership for a Technical Director. However, it is all well and good to be able to judge a good staff member, if the Technical Director is not very good at negotiating then the role would be redundant. Also, if given the responsibilities of arranging staff recruitment and staff contracts then the skill of negotiating come into play.
It should be noted that the Technical Director’s role is very similar to that of a Director of Football. The difference between the two, which I hope had been made clear in this article is that the Technical Director is responsible for staff and the Director of Football is responsible for players. To clarify, recruiting a Technical Director is not essential, but when recruited can be a vital part of a big club that is challenging for success. However, if you decide to recruit a Technical Director without understanding the role then the Technical Director come just as a commodity. The role should only be recruited if it is the club has the finances and the role is used in the way that it is supposed to be used.
Recommended Technical Directors on FM23
Staff members in the table are at least rated 12 in Judging Staff Ability and Negotiating and People Management.
|Name||Nationality||Age||Current Club||People Management||Judging Staff Ability||Negotiating|
|Manu Fernández||ESP||45||Real Madrid||19||17||18|
|Abián Perdomo||ESP||41||Real Madrid||19||17||17|
|Rui Correia||POR||40||FC Porto||15||15||16|
|Jonathan van Kesteren||NED||47||16||16||16|
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