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1. Standard Responsibilities

The main responsibility of your coaches is to conduct training, with each coach being assigned to certain training categories. The squads that a coach can train and the training categories that he can be assigned depend on his coach role, as follows:

Coach Role
Can Train
Manager Senior, reserve and youth squads in any category
Senior Coaches
Assistant manager Senior squad in any category.
Coach
Specialist Coaches
Fitness coach Senior, reserve and youth squads in the strength and aerobic categories.
Goalkeeping coach Senior, reserve and youth squads in the shot stopping and handling categories.
Reserves Coaches
Reserves manager Reserve squad in any category.
Reserves assistant manager
Reserves coach
Reserves fitness coach Reserve squad in the strength and aerobic categories.
Reserves goalkeeping coach Reserve squad in the shot stopping and handling categories.
Youth Coaches
Head of youth development Youth squad in any category.
Youth manager
Youth assistant manager
Youth coach
Youth fitness coach Youth squad in the strength and aerobic categories.
Youth goalkeeping coach Youth squad in the shot stopping and handling categories.
Squads That Share Facilities
In nations where two squads share training facilities those two squads also share coaches. For example, if the senior and reserve squad share training facilities then the senior coaches can also train the reserves squad and the reserves coaches can also train the senior squad.

You can see if two squads share training facilities by checking the General Training panel on the Team Training screen of the lower status squad. This states "shared facilities" if facilities are shared. Where a squad has a separate full manager (for example, B teams in Spain) you will not be able to set training for that squad.

Advice on how to assign coaches to training categories is given in the Assigning Coaches guide.

Your coaches also have the following responsibilities:

  • Helping you to assess the abilities of players by providing a coach report for each player in your squad and scout reports on other players that you ask them to scout. Each report shows the current ability and potential ability star ratings of the player, in the opinion of the coach, along with other general assessments of the player categorised into pros and cons. Reports can vary between coaches, with more accurate reports being more likely to come from coaches who have higher Judging Player Ability and Judging Player Potential, and also higher Knowledge of Club Players, as explained in the Player Ability & Performance guide.

These reports can be accessed from each player's Reports tab. The report from a particular coach can be accessed by using the Coach Report By drop-down.

  • Providing an overview of current ability and potential ability star ratings for the players in your squad in each position and player role in a squad depth report.

The squad depth reports can be accessed on the Squad Depth tab of the Squad screen. The report from a particular coach can be accessed by using the Squad Depth Opinion Of drop-down.

  • Providing training feedback on the training report of each player in your squad.
  • Advising on and (if requested) giving team talks.
  • Providing match reports on players who have been loaned out to other clubs, if requested.

These reports can be managed on the Players on Loan tab of the Squad screen. You can ask for match reports on a player by selecting Get Match Reports from his Reports drop-down.

The assistant manager, reserve manager and youth manager roles have further standard responsibilites, as detailed below.

You can also assign additional responsibilities to particular coaches on the Staff Responsibilities tab of the Staff screen, as discussed in the Staff Roles guide.

1.1. Assistant Manager

Further responsibilities of your assistant manager include:

  • Providing current ability and potential ability star ratings for each player in your squad when using the Assistant Reports view on the Players tab of the Squad screen. (You can alternatively view a scout's opinion of your players' ability star ratings by adding the Ability and Potential columns to a custom view).

Your assistant manager's Team Talk Feedback report can be accessed either from the Last Match section of the Analysis tab of the Tactics screen or from your assistant's Reports tab.

  • Providing feedback and tactical advice during matches.
  • Providing an overall training report in your inbox at the start of every month highlighting impressive performances and concerning performances in training during the previous month.

1.2. Reserve Manager & Youth Manager

If you employ a reserve manager then he will control your reserve squad during matches and if you employ a youth manager then he will control your youth squad during matches. This will prevent you from being able to assign these responsibilities to another coach or to yourself.

2. Required Qualities

Discussed below are the qualities that enable your coaches to carry out their standard responsibilities more effectively, and that you should therefore consider when signing staff members in each coach role.

You should also consider the required qualities for any additional responsibilities that you want to assign to coaches, as detailed in the Staff Roles guide.

2.1. Attributes That Affect Training

These are the attributes that affect the quality of training.

2.1.1. Foreground Coaching & Mental Attributes

The following attributes affect a coach's star rating in each training category:

  • Attacking, Defending, Fitness, Goalkeepers, Mental, Tactical and Technical - These coaching attributes affect a coach's star ratings in particular training categories, as detailed in the Assigning Coaches guide. A coach requires good ratings in whichever of these attributes affect the training category or categories that he is to be assigned. Of these attributes, fitness coaches only require good Fitness.
  • Determination, Level of Discipline and Motivating - These mental attributes affect a coach's star ratings in all training categories.

These attributes are less important for any coaches who you want to focus more on responsibilities other than training, as long as you are able to employ enough coaches in other roles to achieve a good lead coach star rating in each category. This may be the case, for example, for an assistant manager or head of youth development.

They are also less important for any cheaper coaches who you employ to lower the coaches' workload, as explained in the Assigning Coaches guide. However, it would be beneficial for such coaches to be young with lower or no coaching qualifications, and to have decent ratings in these attributes and at least one of the background coaching attributes discussed below, so that they can potentially improve to become good coaches in the future.

2.1.2. Background Coaching Attributes

The following attributes do not affect a coach's star ratings but do have a hidden effect on the quality of training:

  • Man Management - This attribute affects the quality of training for your senior players. It is therefore most important for your senior coaches.
  • Working With Youngsters - This attribute affects the quality of training for your young players. It is therefore most important for your youth coaches and reserves coaches.

Young players are considered to be those aged 23 and under while senior players are considered to be those aged 24 and over.

You should try to ensure that each coach you sign has a good rating in at least one of the background coaching attributes and give him a role working with an appropriate squad.

2.2. Other Attributes

  • Adaptability - This attribute affects how well a coach settles at your club. It is particularly important for foreign coaches who have not previously worked in your club's nation, especially if they do not speak the local language.

You can check a coach's nationality and languages spoken on the Nationalities tab on the Information section of his Overview tab.

  • Judging Player Ability & Potential - These attributes affect the accuracy of the current and potential ability star ratings a coach gives to players, as explained in the Player Ability & Performance guide. They are particularly important for your assistant manager if you use the Assistant Reports view to check ability star ratings of players in your squad. However, you could alternatively use the squad depth report of a different coach, look at individual coach reports for each player, or add the Ability and Potential columns to a custom squad view to see star ratings from a scout. These attributes are also important if you wish to use a coach or coaches to provide scout reports on players, perhaps because you are unable to employ sufficient scouts to do this.
  • Motivating - In addition to its effects on training explained above, this attribute affects the quality of a coach's team talk advice and the team talks that he gives if he is asked to. You may find it useful to have a least one coach with high Motivating to help guide you in team talks.
  • Tactical Knowledge - This attribute affects the tactical ability and tactical advice of a coach. It is therefore useful for your reserve and youth managers unless you instruct them to use the first team's tactics, as explained in the Staff Roles guide. It is also important for your assistant manager if you use the tactical advice that he provides during matches or if you put yourself on holiday without instructing him to use your current match tactics. You may find it useful to have at least one coach with high Tactical Knowledge so that you can use his suggested opposition instructions instead of setting them yourself or simply to help guide you in setting suitable opposition instructions.

2.3. Other Qualities

  • Tactical Preferences and Tendencies - As with Tactical Knowledge, you may want to consider these for your reserve and youth managers unless you instruct them to use the first team's tactics.
  • Personality and Media Handling Style - A coach's personality affects how likely he is to develop good relationships with your players. He is more likely to develop good relationships with players who have a similar personality. Therefore, you may want to try to sign coaches with positive personalities similar to those that you look for in players. In particular, you may want to favour coaches who have a personality similar to your squad personality, as shown on the General tab of the Club screen.

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