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The 20 best coaches in Football Manager 2018

Paul McGuinness

Trying to build a stellar backroom line-up? Bradley Russell’s got you covered with these top picks of goalkeeper, defensive, attacking and tactical coaches – plus some bargains for smaller budgets

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Whether you need to implement a philosophy, don’t fancy getting stuck in on the training ground or just want to bolster your backroom, you’ll need top-quality coaches to help you succeed in Football Manager 2018.

From the best goalkeeping coaches to cheaper options for those with barely two pennies to rub together, these are the best coaches available in-game.

Goalkeeping coaches

Inaki Bergara, 5/5

Wage: £4,000/week

Would suit: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City

Roberto Martinez’s trusty keeper lieutenant is available on a free at the start of the game, as his role with the Belgium national team gives him free rein to help out a club. His wage demands are relatively expensive but you’ll get (comfortably) the best goalkeeping coach in the game for your troubles.

Paolo Magnani, 4/5

Wage: £2,800/week

Would suit: Inter Milan, Everton, Valencia

Magnani leads the way as the best of the rest in terms of goalkeeper coaches, with high goalkeeping coaching stats across the board complemented by strong motivating and man-management stats to ensure there’s no slacking off on the training ground. His £110k compensation package might prove a stumbling block, though. For cheaper options, try Renzo Casellato or – bizarrely – Bristol City scout Mervyn Day.

Defensive coaches

Tony McAndrew, 4/5

Wage: £5,750/week

Would suit: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund

Aston Villa’s McAndrew may not have the best outright Defending coaching attribute in the game, but you’ll struggle to find better all-round options. Handily, he’s also a terrific scout. Slightly cheaper options include Fabio Moro and ex-Ipswich player Richard Naylor.

Miguel Grau, 5/5

Wage: £10,000/week

Would suit: Any team

The best coach in the game? If he’s not, he can’t be far off it. Grau excels in several areas, but his 20 for Motivation and Determination paired with 18 for Defending sounds like Tony Pulis’s fantasy man. He’s only 33 too, so he’ll be by your side for decades to come... should you wish.

Attacking coaches

Tony Whelan, 4/5

Wage: £3,300/week

Would suit: Liverpool, Bayer Leverkusen, Napoli

The man who helped oversee the rise of Marcus Rashford is bound to have something about him from an attacking perspective. While probably better as a youth coach, the mental side of his game can help many a senior player reach their true attacking potential.

Rodolfo Borrell 4.5/5

Wage: £12,500/week

Would suit: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea

If Pep Guardiola thinks you’re good enough for his backroom staff, the chances are that you’re pretty handy. If you can get over his wages and £1m (!) compensation, you’ll have yourself one of the finest attacking coaches in the game. Seek out Joao Tralhao and Mark Sale if you want someone who won’t break the bank.