Two important changes Football Manager 2017 has introduced are the introduction of new backroomstaff roles; Sports Scientist and the Data Analyst. In this guide we will try to explain the duties these new faces in your staff will have and what they can do for you at the moment.
Before we start we would like to emphasize that Neither Sport Scientist nor Data Analyst have any required attributes. Their duties are fulfilled through their presence alone.
The Data Analyst is part of your scouting team and will help you with the performances of your team. He will send you pre-game reports about your next opponent and will create postgame match reports. During the pre-game report the Data Analyst will report on your opponents expected formation, key players and some other tactical information. This inbox message can be compared with the 'Next Opposition' Scout Report your scouts used to make on previous versions.
If there were some attributes that would determine the quality of the Data Analyst it would be Tactical Knowledge, Judging Player Ability, Adaptability.
The Sports Scientist is part of your medical staff and will assist your physio's in keeping your players as fit as possible during the season. When a player is injured, the Sports Scientist will be responsible for the recovery and he will send you inbox messages about the players recovery.
If there were some attributes that would determine the quality of the Sports Scientist it would be Physiotherapy, Determination, Motivation and Discipline.
Chief Analyst & Scientist
For both new backroom staff roles you are able to assign one Head of the department, comparable with the Chief Scout and Chief Physiotherapy. There are no reported attributes that these staff roles need, but we expect the Man Management attribute could have an effect on the performances.