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Director of Football

The position of Director of Football in Football Manager is a difficult one to really see the benefit of if you have never used one before. After reading this guide you will know more about this role and the responsibilities that he has in Football Manager.

What is a Director of Football?

As the name already states; he is the director of football at a club. That means he is the ‘director’ of everyone who is involved with football, including the scouting team, the youth academy, first team and the coaching staff. His responsibilities can vary and there has been many discussion in the world about the exact description of the role Director of Football.

His role in Football Manager

The role of Director of Football is not an essential one in Football Manager. You could easily do your job successfully without him. However, if you are looking to delegate some of your own responsibilities, the Director of Football could be a very useful member of the backroom staff.

The Director of Football will only perform the responsibilities to assign to him, making him unnecessary at your club. Carefully think what you want your Director of Football to do for you before you sign him. If you don’t have any tasks or responsibilities you would like him to do, you should not be signing a Director of Football as he will only cost you wages while collecting dust.

However, if you want to make your own life as a manager more easy you can use the Director of Football to accomplish that. You should also keep in mind that not signing a director of football and not delegating responsibilities to him will result in those responsibilities being assigned to one of the board members, for whom you will not be able to view their attributes and profiles.

Marc Overmars in Football Manager 2019

His responsibilities

In the responsibilities tab on the staff screen, you can see all the different responsibilities you can assign to a certain staff member, including yourself. When you enter the responsibilities tab for the first time, most of them will be automatically assigned to you.

Below we will show you all the responsibilities a Director of Football can perform in Football Manager.

Staff recruitment

If you are not to fund of searching for staff members or renewing their contracts every season, you could ask your Director of Football to do this for you.

Director of Football can hire or fire:

  • Head of Youth development
  • Chief scout
  • All other staff

Transfers (incoming)

A Director of Football can assist you on the transfer market. To perform these tasks with the best results, he will need high ratings on both Judging Player Ability and Judging Player Potential.

The Director of Football:

  • Finds and makes offers for players for your first team
  • Finds and makes offers for young players for the future
  • Handles new signing contract negotiations
  • Handles new signing contract negotiations for your youth team
  • Finalises first team signings
  • Finalises signings for young players for the future

Transfers (outgoing)

The Director of Football could be used to assist you on the transfer market for outgoing transfers.

The Director of Football will try to find a new club for:

  • First team players that you have listed for a transfer/loan
  • Youth team players that you have listed for a transfer/loan

Transfer Targets

As a manager you have the option to add players to your ‘transfer target list’ or wish list. You can instruct the Director of Football to attempt to:

  • Sign or loan players that you have put on your Transfer Target list
  • Sell or release players that you have put on your Unwanted list
  • Loan out players you have added on your development list
  • Suggest transfer targets for a specified position when requested.

Contract renewals

The Director of Football could assist you with negotiating and renewing contracts for players and staff members at your club. Make sure he has high ratings for both Judging Player ability and Judging Player potential.

The Director of Football will decide on contracts and handles negotiations for:

  • First Team players
  • Youth players
  • Backroom Staff members


The Director of Football could also be used to instruct and assist the scouting team in many ways. However, we would give you the advice to hand these responsibilities to your Chief Scout.

The Director of Football:

  • Sets assignments for the scouting team
  • Updates you on the players your scouts have found

Youth Development

The Director of Football will also be able to assist you with youth recruitment. If you don’t have a Head of Youth on your team, it is advisable to assign this task to the Director of Football. Make sure he has high ratings for Judging Player Potential and Working with Youngsters. Also look for a Director of Football with a positive personality as he will be signing players with a similar personality.

The Director of Football will:

  • Bring youth players into the club, and informs you of their development

Monchi in football manager 2019

Essential attributes

Judging Player Ability – If you want him to look for new players, but also if you make him responsible for contract renewals at the club.

Judging Player Potential – This is the same as above, but this area covers the long term vision of the Director of Football. Is he able to spot a player’s true potential and decide to sign him on a long term deal..?

Working with Youngsters – If you want to have him look for and sign youth players, the Director of Football will need to be able to work with them. Sounds legit right..

Man Management – If you instruct him to sign backroom staff members or/and renew their contracts, your Director of Football will need to be able to work with them properly.

How I use the Director of Football

To be honest; I never appointed a Director of Football as I always thought he would just take up space on the wage budget. But now I feel completely different as this is a position I always try to fill as one of the first key positions in my backroom staff.

Finalising deals

Simply because this man can make your life much easier and less annoying. One of the things I like the most in FM is signing new players. What I don’t like is pressing the confirm button when completing a signing. Therefore I make him responsible for ‘Finalises first team signings’ and ‘Finalises signings for young players for the future’. This will allow you to make offers and negotiate contract terms, while he will be there for the confirmation and finalisation of the transfer. That are at least 10 to 15 clicks less each season…

Unwanted players

Another area I will leave in control of my Director of Football is the Unwanted list. After each season I will make an assessment of my players and I will try to remove any deadwood from the team. Instead of the frustration of offering out players time after time, I instruct my Director of Football to do this for me.

It is very easy to use and it has made my life as a manager much easier. You tell him the transfer fee you would like to receive for a player, instruct him which type of clubs to look for or exclude and let him do all the work for you. By being in control about the transfer fees and possible destination, I will prevent that a player will be sold to a rival team for a ridiculously low fee.

Since I have signed a director of football in Football Manager, my life as a virtual manager has become much easier! I recommend every player to sign one!

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