How to Use Moneyball Tactics

Football Manager 2023 is coming later this year and a really fun way to play the game is to use moneyball tactics, but how exactly is that possible?

The game follows an annual release schedule and although it has yet to be announced, we are confident that Football Manager 2023 will release later this year.

It is likely to be announced relatively soon and hence we have taken a look at how to play the Moneyball way.

He was made famous in baseball by Billy Beane, who inspired the Oakland A’s to an incredible undefeated run, and brought in underrated players from other teams to do it.

Moneyball tactics are also surprisingly effective in Football Manager, with players able to use strategy to build their squads and achieve real success.

How to Use Moneyball Tactics in FM23

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Josh Dasilva of Brentford celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

We’ll use the rules laid down in Soccernomics, Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski’s brilliant overview of the sport.

Alex Stewart of The Athletic has produced a superb series on The assembled partsin which he used strict Moneyball rules throughout a five-year spell with Bristol City.

The rules are as follows…

  • Net wage expenditure is larger than transfer expenditure.
  • Don’t buy new players or sell old ones when you take over a club, the so-called new manager syndrome.
  • Don’t buy players solely on the basis of their performance in international tournaments.
  • There are overrated nationalities – English, Brazilian and Dutch in particular.
  • Sell ​​at the right time – move players when they reach 30, although this rule does not apply to goalkeepers as they peak later in their career.
  • Use all your scouts when evaluating a player and also ask the Director of Football for their opinion if you have one.
  • Buy players when they are in their early twenties.
  • Centre-forwards are often more expensive than they should be.
  • If a club offers more than a player is worth, sell him. Also, try to replace them before they go away.
  • Don’t buy players unnecessarily – grow from within.
  • One of the key rules of another outlet is to identify and replace your weakest player in each transfer window, instead of trying to make the best players even better.

We will also add our own rules here, to give you a clearer idea of ​​which clubs you should choose.

  • Moneyball can be used at any football club, but you’ll probably have more fun using a lower league team initially.
  • Brentford successfully used the Moneyball tactic to move from the Championship to the Premier League. You can do the same.
  • Choose a team that is ambitious and has a reasonable salary budget – the transfer budget is not as important.
  • Avoid teams that want you to sign players with high reputations, like PSG, as this can derail the whole project.
  • Base your approach on solid defence, instead of relying on centre-forwards, who are overrated.
  • Invest in your back office team. Get the best scouts and coaches you can, so they can give you the best possible advice.
  • Be confident in your approach, even if you feel like you’re struggling. Don’t panic, buy players and stay confident in the process.

These are the basics of a Moneyball approach in Football Manager 2023. Feel free to keep checking the rules to make sure you’re doing the right things.

We wish you all the best if you decide to go ahead with a Moneyball save in the next game!

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