When I posted 5 alternative ways to make money in Football Manager people were quick to comment about their own great tips to make and save money in Football Manager 2010. In the current Football Manager climate, even with virtual money being able to see my Liverpool or lower league team in financial stability can be a satisfying way to play the game. Call it my entrepreneurial tendency.
1. Remove pay rises
Courtesy of Q at FM-View, similar to the point in going through all your players contracts and re-negotiating with your players. But by removing the pay rise clause will give you much more control over what you are paying your players. If you are already breaking your budget by bringing a star on high wages into the side, more often then not it will be set as default that a player will have a % wage rise each year. This will mean that if you are paying Dzenko £100,000 a week with a 10% yearly rise, next season his wages will be £110,000. Add that to the rest of the squad you could be paying well over your budget with no guarantee of bringing any more money in or you could better utilise the saving on funding two extra players.
2. Leave it late
Thank you to Skacel with his experience of the Brazilian league, the later you leave re-signing contracts with a player the less money they will accept. In the European leagues this can be a risky move as you will be in danger of another club coming in and snapping up that player on the Bosman. But many other leagues, such as the Brazil, this rule does not apply, meaning your have full control to leave it as late as you want to get a good deal.
3. Boost Shirt Sales
A source of income very popular a few years ago. Signing a player not just to play in the first team, but solely to boost shirt sales and merchandise opportunities in other countries. When signing a big name, shirt sales will go up as people rush out to get the name on the back of their shirt of this new player. But Mik McDade suggests that signing players from Asia can help boost sales too in those areas.
I don’t know how much money this will actually make, but you can’t frown against a profit however small. But there is a real world precedent for it. Don’t forget the amount of interest Inamoto gained from playing for Fulham and Arsenal, even his reserve games where shown in Japan where fans will follow favourite players as opposed to teams.
4. Be Liked
Those managers who are favoured by players and managers are going to be able to gain many more favours, having more power of persuasion when it comes to negotiation wages and transfer fees as managers and players will be more likely to accept deals if they think you are friends or their is a lot of respect for you. Helping bring down the cost of players, the likeliness of striking a deal and negotiating players contracts with players.
5. The Football Manager wage scandal
Nasri (Billy Kingsmill) from The Away Stand, put me in the direction of an interesting article that he wrote sometime ago. Utilising your scout reports in order to find the best base wage to offer a potential signing. When a player suggest a wage in the contract negotiations, this is the equivalent to talking to his greedy agent. Instead listen to your scout who can give you a better idea of the wages that a player will accept and won’t be looking to screw you over. Read: The Football Manager wage scandal
If there are any tips that you would like to share, please share in the comments section below.