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FM23 - Best Head of Youth Development

Lazy Oct 21, 2022 Last modified: 21 Oct 30,599 views

These are the 10 best Head's of Youth Development in Football Manager 2023

The Head of Youth Development is one of the most important members of your staff, especially if you like to play longer saves and really build a team from young players. The HoYD is your lead link as far as your youth academy is concerned and he will be the one who is responsible for the yearly youth intake.

Criteria to make the list

We have created this list according to the important staff attributes that are marked by Sports Interactive in FM23. Meaning, his key attributes are

  • Judging Player Ability - To see how good a player currently is
  • Judging Player Potential - To determine how good a player can be
  • Working with Youngsters - Kind of obvious...

It is important to realise that we have created this list based on these attributes, whilst adding the criteria that the prefered staff role is in fact Head of Youth Development.

Additional Attributes

We would like - however - make it clear that a Head of Youth Development can fulfill loads of tasks within your club and each task will require some additional attributes. For example he can participate in youth training, making it important for him to have the additional coaching attributes.


The personality of your Head of Youth is also very important as this will reflect on the youth players you bring in. It will not be a 100% score each year, but it really does affect the personalities. We have checked the personalities for the 10 Head's of Youth Development on this list, but it may be possible that some of the attributes are dynamic and therefore vary per save game.

Tactical Preferences

Another key area is the tactical preference of the Head of Youth Development. Just like his personality it will not grant you a 100% success score, but it will definitely help in the long run. A Head of Youth will look to sign players that fit into his own tactical preferences. You can imagine that could waste some pretty good talents if the Head of Youth has different preferences than the manager... As most people play in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation we have tried to find these for our list. However, it may be possible that some of the preferences are dynamic and therefore vary per save game.

Best Head of Youth in Football Manager 2023

This list is in no particular order and the outcomes in your save may be very different. Also important to mention is that we have compiled this list with a large database containing ALL countries and ALL leagues loaded.

1. Sebastian Pait

Age: 46 | Current Club: River Plate | Contract Expiry: 2025

2. Volker Kersting

Age: 52 | Current Club: FSV Mainz 05 | Contract Expiry: 2023

3. Steve Weaver

Age: 49 | Current Club: Norwich City | Contract Expiry: 2025

4. Jean-Francois Vulliez

Age: 49 | Current Club: Olympique Lyon | Contract Expiry: 2023

5. Roberto Samaden

Age: 56 | Current Club: Internazionale | Contract Expiry: 2024

6. Lars Ricken

Age: 45 | Current Club: Borussia Dortmund | Contract Expiry: 2025

7. Paolo Morganti

Age: 42 | Current Club: Juventus | Contract Expiry: 2027

8. Pablo Blanco

Age: 70 | Current Club: Sevilla | Contract Expiry: 2027

9. Mauro Bianchessi

Age: 58 | Current Club: Lazio | Contract Expiry: 2026

10. Miguel Gomis

Age: 77 | Current Club: Racing Club | Contract Expiry: 2025

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