The whole point of Football Manager is to simulate the titular profession in the most realistic way possible, and it's done a darn good job of that over the seasons.
Developer Sports Interactive will have you believe FM18 is the most authentic and in-depth edition to date, and with a spattering of substantial new features joining the simulation every year, it's difficult to disagree with that.
As absorbing as the game can be, being a football coach at any level is no easy task. The sheer number of plates they need to keep spinning is mind-boggling. From squad morale to finances and tactics, it all falls to the man in the dugout, and that's why Football Manager has handed out more firings than The Apprentice over the years.
There's no one-size-fits-all formula for instant success in FM18, since every team in the world is different, but there are a number of general tips you can apply across the board to improve various aspects of your team.
From unearthing the best new talent, to turning matches on their head from the touchline, these words of wisdom will have your FM18 charges playing beautiful, Guardiola-esque football in no time.