12 episodes

Struggling with Football Manager? Leaking goals and dropping points? You need The Football Manager Show. Every week, Iain Macintosh speaks to the people who know the game best; the people who literally made the game. We give you the lowdown on tactics, recruitment, training, and anything else that might give you an edge. Don't sigh and quit without saving. Get better. Listen now.

The Football Manager Show by The Athletic The Athletic

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Struggling with Football Manager? Leaking goals and dropping points? You need The Football Manager Show. Every week, Iain Macintosh speaks to the people who know the game best; the people who literally made the game. We give you the lowdown on tactics, recruitment, training, and anything else that might give you an edge. Don't sigh and quit without saving. Get better. Listen now.

    Episode Eleven: Mobile, Touch and an Online Six-Way

    Episode Eleven: Mobile, Touch and an Online Six-Way

    Is FM21 too big for you? Do you look on from the sidelines as everyone else piles in; too scared to let it back into your life? Perhaps FM Touch or FM Mobile are for you. Iain Macintosh chats to Alex Pitt from Sports Interactive about the compact, less time-consuming versions of the game. 
    PLUS, Ben Mouncer from the Norwich City flavoured 'On The Ball' podcast talks about the six player online game he started in March 2020. 
    PLUS, Your letters and a Big Sam Special Book Club. 
    Listen now, it's only half an hour of your life. 
    And visit theathletic.com/fmpod for a special half price deal on a subscription to The Athletic

    • 28 min
    Episode Ten: Understanding Tactics Better

    Episode Ten: Understanding Tactics Better

    It's one thing to have a tactical plan, it's another thing to have good, but how do you make it all come together on the pitch? Host Iain Macintosh chats to Sports Interactive's CJ Ramson about player traits (these are really important), interlocking player roles (this is where the magic happens) and set pieces (never overlook them!). If you're struggling with FM, you NEED this episode.  
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    • 35 min
    Episode Nine: FM Challenge: Marine vs Tottenham

    Episode Nine: FM Challenge: Marine vs Tottenham

    Can our experts* guide Marine FC to victory over Tottenham Hotspur in a one-off FM Touch clash? Erm...what do you think? Join host Iain Macintosh and his guests Alex Stewart (TIFO) and Andrew Sinclair (Sports Interactive) for the most challenging of challenges. Share in the misery then stick around for Book Club and a bumper selection of your questions. 

    Huge thanks to Producer Cornelius Mendez and commentator Matt Davies-Adams for bringing this to life in all its haunting glory.  

    * - I mean, I say 'experts' but we might be playing fast and loose with that definition.

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    • 28 min
    Episode Eight: Chatting with TIFO's Alex Stewart

    Episode Eight: Chatting with TIFO's Alex Stewart

    How do YOU play Football Manager? TIFO's Alex Stewart chats to Iain Macintosh about his experiences with the game, his preferred tactics, the way he uses data in recruitment and the importance of not buying anyone in the first transfer window. 

    Apologies for sub-par sound quality. Alex sounds great. Iain sounds like he got locked in his toilet. Fortunately, Alex does most of the talking. 

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    • 31 min
    Episode Seven: FM Online

    Episode Seven: FM Online

    Football Manager isn't just a solitary battle of man against machine, fought in the early hours of the morning. You can play online against humans too. Sports Interactive's Neil Brock chats to Iain Macintosh about Versus Mode, Fantasy Draft and the dream ticket of diving into a full campaign with friends.

    • 30 min
    Episode Six: Recruitment

    Episode Six: Recruitment

    You've had a few weeks with your players now and you've realised something: They're all rubbish. You need to hit the transfer market and fast. Host Iain Macintosh chats to Andrew Sinclair from Sports Interactive about the art of recruitment. Listen now and learn how to use your scouts properly. 
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    • 29 min

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