10. New Managers Waste Money
Media Image LtdIn 2000, then Tottenham Hotspur manager George Graham paid Dynamo Kiev £11 million for the services of Ukrainian striker Sergei Rebrov, but after nine months, Spurs sacked Graham after Alan Sugar sold his stake in the club and the new manager, Glenn Hoddle, did not rate Rebrov. The latter spent much of his time on the bench for Spurs and after four years, he left on a free transfer to join West Ham United. Managers (both in real and virtual worlds) dont really care whether the club loses money in the transfer market; what matters is, the on-field performance. When we take over a new club in Football Manager, we look to make drastic changes in order to make our mark at our new abode, but that could result in a waste of money. So keeping this in mind, I made a total of just four permanent transfers in my debut summer window, earning a net profit of £21 million, and bringing in two youngsters - Lucas Romero (from Argentina, after intensive scouting) and Ricardo Rodriguez (from Vfl Wolfsburg), for a combined sum of just £14 million. Additionally, I allowed Martin Montoya to leave on a free transfer as he had become surplus to my requirements, and, I sold Pedro Rodriguez to Paris Saint-Germain for an astonishing £35 million, ensuring that the club's books were nicely balanced. Bringing in more players and selling the current ones could have disrupted the balance of the squad and resulted in loss of money.