FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022 BEST ASSISTANT MANAGERS

SOME OF THE BEST ASSISTANT MANAGERS TO APPOINT IN FM22

Assistant managers are key members of your Football Manager 2022 backroom staff. It’s important that you find one with the requisite skills to help you in a number of different aspects, from team talks to player assessments. This page focuses on some of the best.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ASSISTANT MANAGERS IN FM22

Your assistant manager in Football Manager 2022 is your right-hand man. You can give him as much, or as little responsibility as you want, making him either a crucial, or simply a fairly important member of your staff. There are around 100 tasks that can be delegated in FM22, from team talks and press conferences, to handling team selection and training, to handling signings, sales and loans.

And, of course, you want them to be able to be useful on the training ground as well, meaning that your assistant manager will need to be useful as a goalkeeping, defending, attacking, possession, or fitness coach. Lastly, good judging player ability and judging player potential attributes are essential for them to evaluate players within your club. (Yes, we are asking for a lot here).

LAST UPDATED: MARCH 9, 2022

WOLFGANG ROLFF

CURRENT JOB

LAVAL UNITED

BADGES

CONTINENTAL PRO

EXPECTED WAGES

€650 p/w

REPUTATION

3/5

The ultimate low cost acquisition is available as long as you have the UAE as an active nation. Wolfgang Rolff is not the best assistant manager he is, but he is certainly in the conversation for being the best value. At €650 p/w (plus a €24,000 compensation fee), he has a pretty well rounded collection of attributes that will allow you to effectively deploy him in a number of roles.

SIDNEI LOBO

CURRENT JOB

AL-NASSR

BADGES

CONTINENTAL PRO

EXPECTED WAGES

€5,000 p/w

REPUTATION

1.5/5

After a long journeyman career that has seen him move around from the Brazilian league to the national team, and then to China, Sidnei Lobo is now an assistant manager at Al-Nassr. With superb judging player ability and judging player potential attributes, he is a good fit from that aspect, although his training attributes are not fantastic. However, at his wage, you can’t expect your assistant manager to have everything: he is a good option.

LES REED

CURRENT JOB

WREXHAM AFC

BADGES

CONTINENTAL PRO

EXPECTED WAGES

€4,000 p/w

REPUTATION

3.5/5

He is currently a technical director with Ryan Reynolds’ and Rob McElhenney’s Wrexham, but with a bit of extra cash thrown in, you can convince Les Reed to come across and be your assistant manager. Reed is a really good option in this role, only lacking people management skills. Conversely, he has great judging player ability and judging player potential attributes, as well as reasonably strong qualities as an attacking coach.

RAINER WIDMAYER

CURRENT JOB

UNEMPLOYED

BADGES

CONTINENTAL PRO

EXPECTED WAGES

€8,500 p/w

REPUTATION

2/5

Rainer Widmayer is a good entry level assistant manager, with a 2 star reputation meaning he should be fairly attainable. In saying that, he is a bit on the expensive side, and his ability to be a good contributor to training sessions is limited. But he is a very good option if you are looking to use your assistmant manager to take team talks, press conferences, and so on.

GUILLERMO AMOR

CURRENT JOB

UNEMPLOYED

BADGES

CONTINENTAL PRO

EXPECTED WAGES

€9,500 p/w

REPUTATION

3.5/5

He is a legend at Barcelona for his exploits as a player, but he is much less known for his exploits as a coach. But in 2015, Amor won an A-League title with Adelaide United in a short stint in Australia. He then returned to Barcelona, keeping himself busy with various backroom roles before leaving the club in 2021.

Amor has a superbly well-rounded set of attributes and is available at a fairly affordable wage. He would also fit your club as a head of youth development, head performance analyst, technical director, director of football, youth manager, scout, etc.

JON ASPIAZU

CURRENT JOB

UNEMPLOYED

BADGES

CONTINENTAL PRO

EXPECTED WAGES

€9,000 p/w

REPUTATION

2/5

A career that has seen Jon Aspiazu become an assistant at a range of important clubs: Athletic Club, Olympiacos, Valencia, Barcelona, and now… potentially your club. Aspiazu is a strong all-rounder that would thrive as a possession coach. He also has strong mental attributes and decent enough judging player ability and judging player potential attribute attributes.

NOTABLE OTHERS

There are some very high quality assistant managers already at established clubs on astronomical wages – we’ve decided to exclude them from this shortlist to focus on more attainable targets. There are also some that have just signed new contracts and will not leave their current roles, or are unemployed with wage demands in excess of €10,000 p/w.

Some of those names include: Angelo Peruzzi, Rui Faria, Peter Hermann, Brian Kidd, Rodolfo Borrell (Manchester City), Giacomo Murelli (AC Milan), Guy Stéphan (France), Steve Holland (England), Pepijn Lijnders (Liverpool), Carles Planchart (Man City), Mauro Biancardini (Marko Landucci) (Zebre / Juventus), Peter Krawietz (Liverpool), Zsolt Low (Chelsea).

HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR ASSISTANT MANAGER IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

This is all down to how you want to play the game. If you are in control of everything, then your assistant manager is not much more than a glorified coach. However, if you delegate them a lot of responsibilities, they can be very important to your club.

That said, even if you take up a very hands on role, assistant managers do offer important feedback in terms of tactical decisions and player reports.

HOW DO YOU FIND THE BEST ASSISTANT MANAGERS IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

The quickest way to do so is by utilising the staff search tool, which you can find on the left-hand side of the screen. By using that tool, you can specify your search by multiple different variables to suit your needs. Add them to your shortslists too.

Another good tip to find the best assistant managers in FM22 is by cycling through club and national teams’ backroom staffs. The best coaches will often be with the best teams.

HOW DO YOU CHANGE ASSISTANT MANAGERS RESPONSIBILITIES IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

You can change staff responsibilities in the staff section, under the responsibilities tab. Responsibilities can be delegated to other stuff too, not just your assistant manager.

You can pick and choose which responsibilities you want your assistant(s) to take over. Want to micro-manage? Don’t delegate anything. Prefer to focus on playing game? Then delegate team talks, press conferences and training to you assistant.

WHO ARE THE BEST ASSISTANT MANAGERS IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

Like players, staff attributes can be varied across different saves, so there is no one size fits all approach. However, assistant managers such as Hermann Gerland, Giacomo Murelli and Alfred Schreuder are amongst the best.

A lot of the best assistant managers will already be employed by big clubs, but there are plenty of strong options to pick from that suits a range of levels.

Some of those names include: Angelo Peruzzi, Rui Faria, Peter Hermann, Brian Kidd, Rodolfo Borrell (Manchester City), Giacomo Murelli (AC Milan), Guy Stéphan (France), Steve Holland (England), Pepijn Lijnders (Liverpool), Carles Planchart (Man City), Mauro Biancardini (Marko Landucci) (Zebre / Juventus), Peter Krawietz (Liverpool), Zsolt Low (Chelsea).

Make the most of the staff search tool, where you can specify your searches to suits your specific needs. Another tip is cycle through the best clubs and national teams to find some of the best assistant managers (and coaches) around.