To some it's sacrilege to even try looking for Football Manager 2022 cheats. What is this: Calciopoli?
To others, there's nothing wrong with giving yourself a little bit of help in the game - especially if you're imitating life by doing something realistic. No cash to spend when you know that your team does have money? Losing a game because you left your back-up goalkeeper in? Surely there's a way to fix that...
Well, there are ways. But don't say it was us that told you.
1. The in-game editor
Just using the Football Manager editor to allow players to get 17th Century illnesses and injuries. Glen Johnson caught the plague. pic.twitter.com/ubCJ3B1oYWSeptember 24, 2017
First off the bat, this method can't be too shady... since FM themselves allow it.
The in-game editor allows you to change pretty much anything about the game. Want to move Erling Haaland to Bristol City for no good reason? It's done. Want to move Tottenham out of their nice new stadium and into a new one called "Local Park"? Say no more.
It's the quickest way to do whatever you want whenever you want in the game. Including adding 17th Century illnesses, like this Twitter user did in 2017.
2. Attribute masking
Scouting is a right pain in the backside, sometimes. By the time you've heard back as to whether that young French striker is any good, Bayern Munich have already gone and signed him as back-up to Lewandowski.
It doesn't have to be that way, however. When you start a new save, uncheck the Attribute Masking box. This will display exactly how good every player is rather than leaving it a mystery until after a scouting session.
Alternately, check our list of the best wonderkids. We've done the scouting for you.
3. Mr Phillip Anthropist
When no one's buying your deadwood on @FootballManager, so you add another manager to take them off your hands pic.twitter.com/Qpq1Eil7u9December 14, 2020
You can add a new manager to FM22. But that doesn't mean you have to use that power for good...
If you'd like to give your club a little cash injection while flogging a few of your fringe players, simply add a new manager - this season give them the Newcastle United job. Newcastle have £200m to spend from the get-go - just flick between the two bosses, bidding for your own players and accepting your own bid.
Plus, it's fun to test out just how far you can push things with a manager that you don't mind getting sacked. In one FM22 meeting, FFT kicked over a chair twice while talking to the squad. Luckily, once your deadwood is safely sold, you can go to the home menu and retire from the game.
4. A good old-fashioned rage quit
We've all done it. Even Sports Interactive studio director Miles Jacobson admitted he's done it on a Quickly Kevin podcast.
If things aren't going your way, quit midway through a match and start it again. Sometimes, it's the only way. Don't worry: no one's watching.
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. He is a keen player of the Football Manager series and creates Twitter accounts for his Fantasy Premier League team every year, before losing interest in his team every September.
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