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The 18 best coaches to snap up in Football Manager 2017

These backroom staffers could take your elite club to the next level 

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You’re not alone. While the overriding direction and management style in your FM 2017 game will come from you, you’ll need a backroom team to help implement your ideas. Harry Redknapp had Joe Jordan and Jim Smith, Sir Alex Ferguson used Brian Kidd, Brian McClair, Steve McClaren and Carlos Queiroz, while Brian Clough was thought to be only half the manager without assistant Peter Taylor.

Who will your sidekicks be? If you don’t care about expertise and competency, then it’ll be jobs for the boys. If you do, and you’re at one of the elite clubs, you’ll want to be targeting the best assistant coaches in the world.

Best goalkeeper coaches

Silvino Louro, 5/5

Wage: £10k

Would suit: Chelsea, Real Madrid

The Portuguese has worked with compatriot Jose Mourinho at multiple clubs, following the Special One from Porto to Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and back to Chelsea, before joining him at Manchester United last summer. Coached Petr Cech, Vito Baia and Julio Cesar when they were named UEFA Goalkeepers of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2010 respectively.

Frans Hoek, 5/5

Wage: N/A – unattached

Would suit: Any elite club

A long-time associate of Louis Van Gaal, Hoek also had a spell coaching Poland’s best goalkeepers under Leo Beenhakker, including at the 2006 World Cup. Has his own coaching style known as the ‘Hoek method’, which involves creating a profile of what top goalkeepers should aspire to.

Best defensive coaches

Jaap Stam, 5/5

Wage: £10k

Would suit: Any elite Premier League club

The Reading manager is unlikely to be tempted away from his current post, but he could be one to keep an eye on if things go awry at the Madejski. One of England’s top clubs would suit the former Ajax assistant should he leave the Royals.

Mike Phelan, 4.5/5

Wage: N/A – unattached

Would suit: Man United, Arsenal, Tottenham

Phelan is the ideal pick-up for any top clubs looking for a new defensive or tactical coach. Dispensed with by Hull in January, the former Norwich defender’s coaching CV boasts three Premier League titles and two Champions League finals while assisting Fergie at Old Trafford.