Football Manager 2018 Scottish Research. What’s Involved?

May 22, 2017

 

So it’s time once again to start researching teams for the new Football Manager release. I’ve been inundated with requests from people for more information of what’s involved, what’s expected of you and what you get in return.

Therefore I’ve decided to write up a little guide so you can decide if you fit the bill for any of the vacant position.

What’s The Job And What Do I Get For It?

The job is to offer your specialist knowledge of the club you support.

In 2017, basic knowledge for players and clubs is available for anyone who wants to look. I can pretty easily get a list of first team players at every SPFL club in the country, and so what I need from you is deeper than that.

Football Manager is renowned for having the most accurate data going, so we need people who are regular attendees at a club’s matches. We need you to tell us how composed the left back at Elgin City is, whether the central midfielder at Brechin City is a tough tackling bruiser or a slight, fast guy with an eye for a pass or which kids in the u20s are destined for greater things. The only way you’ll know that is if you’re a fan of the club and have been regularly watching them throughout the last season.

On the same note, we need guys who can look at the club information and say “Hey, that guy is missing from the Club legend list” or “You’ve not got the reserve stadium set correctly” and also keep us up to date with transfers, contract renewals and non playing staff like coaches/physios/u20s staff.

It’s not a particularly time-consuming job – a few hours between now and September – and the reward for it is a free copy of FM18 and your name in the credits. As such, while we often get people offering to start going to games so that they could research a club, it wouldn’t be right or fair to expect you to do that. Besides, as I said earlier, when rating players for FM18’s release, it’ll be largely based on how players have done in the past year. If you haven’t even started going to see a team play, you won’t be able to offer insight.

What Else Is Required From Me?

Apart from knowing your stuff about your club, there are a few other skills/requirements you’ll need as a researcher for Football Manager 2018.

  1. Basic IT Knowledge: Put simply, you need to be able to perform simple IT tasks like downloading the files, installing the editors, opening word documents to read instructions and the ability to use the bespoke software we provide. This might sound like the sort of thing everyone can do, but you’d be surprised. To be blunt, if you can’t do stuff like this there’s no point in applying.
  2. Either a PC or Windows Mirroring Software: The editors don’t work on Macs unless you have software for it that can replicate Windows. We’ve got one or two researchers who go that extra mile to use the editors on their Macs but if you’ve no idea how you would go about sorting that, then unfortunately the research may not be for you.
  3. Facebook: We use a private Facebook group for research discussion. Most people have Facebook and it works well because I can keep up with who has actually seen any important announcements etc. If you are – for whatever reason – not on Facebook and have no intention of getting a Facebook account then alas this is not the role for you.
  4. Knowledge of Football Manager: It’s an obvious one, but to be a researcher, it does help to know, have played and understand Football Manager.
  5. Deadline Keeping Skills: Though the workload is small and the time investment does not amount to much, you’re still doing an important job and so deadline keeping skills are vitally important. We can’t use your work if you don’t hand it in on time.
  6. A Mature And Objective Outlook: Everyone looks at their club with rose tinted spectacles, but you’ve got to be balanced in how you rate your players.

What Clubs Are Currently Available To Research?

Right now, we’re looking for researchers for the following clubs.

Albion Rovers
Berwick Rangers
Brechin City
Cowdenbeath
Edinburgh City
Elgin City
Inverness CT
Kilmarnock
Livingston
Peterhead
Queen of the South
Queen’s Park
Stirling Albion
Stranraer

If the club you support is not on that list it means there’s someone already researching the club, but things can change and you should look out for any future vacancies om twitter at @sgmilne.

How Do I Apply

If after all that you’re still interested in helping out, email me at officialfmscotland@gmail.com specifying which club you feel you could research.


Football Manager 2017: Scottish Research Team Vacancies

May 14, 2016

 

FMScotland

 

It’s that time of year when I recruit Assistant Researchers for the new edition of Football Manager.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s needed/expected from you and what’s involved in the process.

What’s Needed In An Assistant Researcher?

To be part of the Scottish Research team, you should fit the following criteria…

1. Regularly Watch The Club You’re Researching

Being a fan of the club you’re researching is the number one priority and it’s essential. There really is no point in emailing me to say “I’m a fan of Club X, but if that’s not available, I could always research Club Y or Club Z as I’ve seen them play once or twice”.

We need fans who have seen these players play week in and week out over the course of the 2015/16 season and have an in-depth knowledge of those players’ strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, we need information that goes beyond the first team. Who’s in the development side? What positions do they play? Which players are highly rated and have the potential to go far?

Ultimately if all you can provide is the basics based on checking out football websites, that’s something we can do ourselves.

2. Basic Knowledge of IT

As a researcher, you have to be able to download Zip or RAR files from an FTP site or Dropbox Link, unpack them into their own folders on your hard drive, open a file using a data editor, edit it using the editor and then email me the file back.

Now it’s May 2016 and you’re probably reading this thinking “Well that’s pretty basic, isn’t it?” but you’d be surprised.

So please, if you really don’t know your arse from your elbow when it comes to using Microsoft Windows on even a basic level, don’t bother applying.

3. A Mature and Objective Outlook To Your Own Team

You’ll be rating the players at your club in direct relation to all the other players/teams in the Scottish league, so there has to be an acceptance – especially in the lower leagues – that your team aren’t Barcelona and your star striker doesn’t have stats comparable to Lionel Messi.

4. A Knowledge of Football Manager

You should be comfortable with Football Manager and how the data is presented in the game.

5. Communication and Deadline Keeping Skills

Though the work we’re asking you to do doesn’t take up much time at all – a few hours here and there from now until September – it’s still important. So you need to be able to reply to emails and – crucially – meet the deadlines that are set.

Every year I’ll get one or two (or ten) researchers applying for research positions who just decide “Sod this, I can’t be bothered to hand in a file” without telling me, leaving us in the lurch at deadline time.

Like I say, it doesn’t take up much of your time at all, but you are taking on the responsibility of ensuring that your team is accurately rated in FM17.

6. The Ability To Use Microsoft Windows

The editors we use only work on Microsoft Windows, so if you have an Apple device, you’ll have to get some form of mirroring software like Boot Camp to allow you to run Windows on it.

What’s Involved In The Process?

If that doesn’t scare you off, here’s what’s actually involved in the process.

1. Rating Players

As you’re familiar with the game, you’ll notice that when you open up a player’s profile there’s loads of information there, from player attributes like how good a tackler he is and how much pace he has, all the way through to contract details and how tall he is.

That’s your job. We need your help getting this information into the game.

2. Providing Club Information

Similarly, you’re responsible for making sure your club has the right kits, up to date and accurate stadium information, a reasonable estimate on financial info like sponsorship income and debt, and accurate information on club records like All Time Top Scorer and highest received transfer fee.

3. Keep Me Up To Date With Player and Staff Transfers

Between now and the release of Football Manager 2017, there will be a load of transfer activity at your club, whether it’s players coming in or moving on, staff changes, or a member of staff moving jobs internally. Again, this is information you need to provide us.

What Do You Get?

All Assistant Researchers get their name in the credits and a free copy of Football Manager 2017 as thanks for taking part.

That is unless you provide really crap info…

But that’s only ever happened once or twice.

What Research Positions Are Currently Vacant?

Right now, we’re looking for researchers for the following clubs…

Albion Rovers
Alloa Athletic
Arbroath
Brechin City
Edinburgh City
Hibernian
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Kilmarnock
Livingston
Peterhead
Queen of the South
Queen’s Park
Ross County
Stirling Albion

How Do You Apply?

If you’re interested, email me at officialfmscotland@gmail.com and let me know what club you’re interested in researching.

If the club you want to research isn’t listed there, it means that club currently has a researcher, so please don’t email me asking if it’s available. If any other research positions for Scotland become available, I’ll advertise them on twitter @sgmilne

Also, I have nothing to do with the research positions at other countries, so please don’t email me to let me know you’d love to do some research for clubs in Burundi or Swaziland.

Oh and one more thing…While I do appreciate that those of you who run teams in local amateur leagues would love to see your team in the game, we really only need information for the SPFL and to a lesser extent, basic stuff for the Highland and Lowland League.


Football Manager 2016 Scottish Research Team Vacancies

May 14, 2015

FMScotland

It’s that time of year when I recruit Assistant Researchers for the new edition of Football Manager.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s needed/expected from you and what’s involved in the process.

What’s Needed In An Assistant Researcher?

To be part of the Scottish Research team, you should fit the following criteria…

1. Regularly Watch The Club You’re Researching

Being a fan of the club you’re researching is the number one priority and it’s essential. There really is no point in emailing me to say “I’m a fan of Club X, but if that’s not available, I could always research Club Y or Club Z as I’ve seen them play once or twice”.

We need fans who have seen these players play week in and week out over the course of the 2014/15 season and have an in-depth knowledge of those players’ strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, we need information that goes beyond the first team. Who’s in the development side? What positions do they play? Which players are highly rated and have the potential to go far?

Ultimately if all you can provide is the basics based on checking out football websites, we have that covered already.

2. Basic Knowledge of IT

As a researcher, you have to be able to download files, unpack them from Zip/RAR files, open a file using a data editor and email it back to me afterwards.

It’s 2015 and you’d think this would be something everyone would be able to do, but you’d be surprised…

3. A Mature and Objective Outlook To Your Own Team

You’ll be rating the players at your club in direct relation to all the other players/teams in the Scottish league, so there has to be an acceptance – especially in the lower leagues – that your team aren’t Barcelona and your star striker doesn’t have stats comparable to Lionel Messi.

4. A Knowledge of Football Manager

You should be comfortable with Football Manager and how the data is presented in the game.

5. Communication and Deadline Keeping Skills

Though the work we’re asking you to do doesn’t take up much time at all – a few hours here and there from now until September – it’s still important. So you need to be able to reply to emails and – crucially – meet the deadlines that are set.

Every year I’ll get one or two researchers applying for research positions who just decide “Sod this, I can’t be bothered to hand in a file” without telling me, leaving us in the lurch at deadline time.

What’s Involved In The Process?

If that doesn’t scare you off, here’s what’s actually involved in the process.

1. Rating Players

As you’re familiar with the game, you’ll notice that when you open up a player’s profile there’s loads of information there, from player attributes like how good a tackler he is and how much pace he has, all the way through to contract details and how tall he is.

That’s your job. We need your help getting this information into the game.

2. Providing Club Information

Similarly, you’re responsible for making sure your club has the right kits, up to date and accurate stadium information, a reasonable estimate on financial info like sponsorship income and debt, and accurate information on club records like All Time Top Scorer and highest received transfer fee.

3. Keep Me Up To Date With Player and Staff Transfers

Between now and the release of Football Manager 2016, there will be a load of transfer activity at your club, whether it’s players coming in or moving on, staff changes, or a member of staff moving jobs internally. Again, this is information you need to provide us.

What Do You Get?

All Assistant Researchers get their name in the credits and a free copy of Football Manager 2016 as thanks for taking part.

That is unless you provide really crap info…

But that’s only ever happened once or twice.

What Research Positions Are Currently Vacant?

Right now, we’re looking for researchers for the following clubs…

Annan Athletic
Arbroath
Brechin City
East Fife
East Stirlingshire
Queen of the South
Ross County

How Do You Apply?

If you’re interested, email me at officialfmscotland@gmail.com and let me know what club you’re interested in researching.

If the club you want to research isn’t listed there, it means that club currently has a researcher, so please don’t email me asking if it’s available. If any other research positions for Scotland become available, I’ll advertise them on twitter @sgmilne

Also, I have nothing to do with the research positions at other countries, so please don’t email me to let me know you’d love to do some research for clubs in Burundi or Swaziland.

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Football Manager 2014 Scottish Research: Find A Player A New Home

August 6, 2013

Taking a step away from my reviews for a moment, it’s time for my yearly call to arms for Scottish Football fans who play Football Manager.

Like last year, I have a list of unattached players and staff (that being, as if you needed it explained, players or non players in my database who are not contracted to a club, nor are they considered retired)FMScotland

You can find that list here

What do I want?

Well it’s simple. If you know the whereabouts of any of these players/staff, whether it’s that they have signed for a club somewhere in Scotland or abroad, or whether you know with absolute certainty that they are no longer in football, let me know.

How?

Leave a comment here, write in the comments sheet in the spreadsheet or tweet me at @sgmilne.

Similarly, if you feel any of the non players have the wrong job type set, or if you can fill in any of the blanks for players or staff with missing birth details, let me know.

And since I’ll inevitably be receiving a large amount of visitors who don’t usually frequent the blog, have a look around, and if you enjoy it, give it a Like, the button is on the right hand column of the page.


Football Manager Research: What’s Involved? Who Should Apply?

January 10, 2013

FMScotland

Since I’m being flooded with questions on twitter from people applying to be an assistant researcher on Football Manager, here’s a simple guide to what’s involved and how you can get involved.

Remember, I’m the Scotland Researcher, so there’s no point in asking me about Belarus or Sao Tome & Principe vacancies…

What do you need to be qualified to help out?

To join our team you must have…

A strong knowledge of the club you want to research – i.e. regularly see them play (i.e. season ticket holder) so you can rate the players.  There’s no point in asking to be the Peterhead researcher if you’ve never seen them play. We can get basic information off websites as easily as you.

A mature and objective outlook to research – i.e. accept that your team aren’t world beaters, especially in the lower leagues of Scottish football, and rate them responsibly.

A knowledge of Football Manager – It would certainly help if you’re a regular player of the game and have used the editor that comes with it

A basic knowledge of IT – you’d be surprised how many people can’t open a zip file or attach a file to an e-mail

Communication skills above the level of a child – you’d be surprised how many applications I get in txt spk or from people who must be about 12.

Also, you must accept the responsibilities that come with being part of the team – by no means should this or does this have to take over your life, but we have deadlines, so if you agree to be part of the team, don’t just leave us in the lurch if you don’t fancy doing it.

What does it involve?

There isn’t much to it and it doesn’t take up much of your time at all. However, if this looks like too much then you’re probably better off not replying…

You have to rate the players at your club according to the guidelines set. As you’ll be familiar with Football Manager, you’ll know about the various stats each player has, and you’ll see they all have their profiles done (i,e, name, date of birth, position, how good they are at things like finishing, dribbling, tackling etc). Well it’s up to you to enter that information.

Apart from that you have to keep me up to date on any transfers happening involving your club as well as basic club info (such as debt, club records, kits, stadium info etc).

As a part of the team, your opinion will also count when we discuss each others ratings, structure of guidelines and other issues.

Do I get anything for helping out?

It’s only a few hours work, but you will get your name in the credits, and you’ll also get a free copy of the game (unless the standard of your work is absolutely terrible, but that has only happened a couple of times over the years)

If you’re interested, e-mail me at officialfmscotland (at) gmail (dot) com

What Positions Are Available?

As of 02/05/13, the following positions are available…

Arbroath
Dumbarton
Dundee
East Stirlingshire

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Scottish Football Fans: Help Me Find These Missing Club Competition Records

January 9, 2013

FMScotland

Regular readers of the blog might know that one of the many strings to my bow is that I’m the Head of Scottish Research for the award-winning Football Manager series of games.

So it’s my responsibility – aided by my fantastic team of Assistant Club Researchers – to make sure that the information for all the football players, clubs and competitions is correctly included in the game each year.

Sometimes the information is easy to come by, but other times it’s not.

A good example of information that isn’t easy to come by is certain club and competition records. If the official sources like club or league websites don’t have the information available, it can be a nightmare trying to find it. Unfortunately not every club has a resource as top quality as the Arab Archive, a first class resource for every statistic you could possibly think of for the club I support, Dundee United.

But one thing that’s great about the Football Manager community is that there are plenty of enthusiastic football statisticians out there who are happy to help out with information when those official sources are a let down.

So here’s a list of missing records that we have for Scottish Club Competitions…

Scottish Cup, League Cup and League Challenge Cup

  • Lowest Attendance (Information needed is the attendance, the game it happened in and the date)
  • Most Games Won In A Row (Team. Amount of Games. Date of first win, date of last win)
  • Most Games Lost In A Row
  • Most Games Without Losing
  • Most Games Without Winning
  • Most Games Without Scoring
  • Record Number of Goals Scored By a Single Team In One Season
  • Top Goalscorer of All Time (Player Name, Amount of Goals Scored)
  • Youngest Player (Name, Date of Birth, Date of Game he played in)
  • Oldest Player (For League and Challenge Cups only)
  • Youngest Goalscorer
  • Oldest Goalscorer
  • Highest Attendance (For League Cup & Challenge Cup only)
  • Fastest Goal (Player name, What Game, How Many Seconds)

Scottish Divisions One, Two & Three

  • Highest Attendance
  • Lowest Attendance
  • Highest Average Attendance Over A Season
  • Top All Time Goal Scorer
  • Most Goals Scored By A Single Player In A Match
  • Youngest Player
  • Oldest Player
  • Youngest Goalscorer
  • Oldest Goalscorer
  • Fastest Goal

To clarify, records are for the second, third and fourth tiers of Scottish Football – i.e. when the Scottish First Division was known as the Second Division and so on.

Now some of these stats will be out there, but I accept that others won’t be; that’s life.

But if you can help me make the Football Manager database more complete, then it would help make the playing experience better in Scotland, and it would also give you a chance to show off your statto-ness, if that’s even a word.

How can you get in touch? Well there are three ways.

First is that you could leave a message in reply to this post.

Alternatively you could send me a tweet on twitter @SGMilne or email me at officialfmscotland@gmail.com

If you’re interested in vacancies in the research team, they’ll always be posted on twitter.

Oh, and while you’re here, why not enjoy one of the other strings to my proverbial bow – this blog 😉


Football Manager 2013 Research: Scottish Non League, Juniors and Highland League Project

July 7, 2012

When we research Football Manager in Scotland the focus is obviously on playable leagues first and foremost. However, in the lower leagues of the SFL there are plenty of players who have played in the Juniors at one point or another, and many released players from the SPL and SFL end up in those leagues as well.

And of course, with the Competition Editor – my personal favourite feature in Football Manager – the player can activate these leagues or amend the Scottish football format to make these sides playable in a personalised Scottish football structure.

So I think it’s important we represent the Non Leagues, Juniors and Highlands in Football Manager to a good standard. The problem I have is that information on the these leagues isn’t always the easiest to come by. The clubs’ own websites aren’t always the best (if they have websites at all) and so it becomes hard to keep track of the players; even harder since the Scottish Research Team’s own non-league and Junior football enthusiast moved on last year.

Therefore, I’m throwing it open once again to fans of these leagues to help ensure we do a good job of representing them.

Following on from the success of the Unattached Player Spreadsheet I uploaded earlier in the week, here is a spreadsheet of the 1200+ Non League, Junior and Highland League based players in the Football Manager database, conveniently split into separate sheets for each region.

Your mission, should you wish to accept it, is to help me keep a track of where these players are. Do they have a new club? Have they retired? Over the summer months, your help could be invaluable.

Should there be any up and coming or major names missing from these lists, I want you to tell me as well.

You can contact me either in the comments section here, by emailing me at officialfmscotland@gmail.com or on Twitter @sgmilne