Walking on the Trent. Season 1.

I’m back playing FM a bit more regularly now, and as such, am looking to try something slightly different to what I normally do in FM.

This time round, I’m taking Nottingham Forest, a team I know pretty well in FM (I research them, and have done for years, does this count as cheating??), and applying a few rules, using a ‘Club DNA’ statement, that seems to be the sort of en-vogue thing now.

So. Here it is.

Club DNA Statement

Club: Nottingham Forest
Division: Skybet Championship

At Forest, the vision is one for developing technically and tactically intelligent players, hopefully leading towards a bright future for the individual, whether this be domestically or internationally. Promotion of a great work ethic within the playing squad and the coaching staff will allow the team to progress, and achieve success.
First and foremost, the aim is to return to top flight football, and become a regular feature in the top half. Using our academy setup to develop the youth system, and bring as many of them into first team football.
Scouting Policy:
Nottingham Forest has always had a reputation of being an important club in developing young talents, both domestic, and elsewhere.
The aim is to attract home grown players from the UK and Ireland, younger than the age of 21. Firstly, the aim is to scout the UK, the divisions (in all the constituent nations with active leagues) and the respective youth tournaments of these leagues.
The scouting team should be have the ability to judge the current ability of a player, and predict their future level to an accurate level.
Recruitment Models (Players & Staff):
As with the mission statement, and scouting policy, we will mainly look to promote from within the club. Players nearing retirement will be encouraged to take a coaching badge, and those that have retired and still have ties to the club will also be encouraged to do the same.
The U19s shall mainly consist of Academy players, brought to the club as part of the annual youth intake.
The U23s shall consist of players older than academy age, who have not reached first team level, and those players who have not gone out on loan. The U23 side shall mainly be used to bring those recovering from injury, or those lacking match time
These players should fit the following criteria.

Versatile, and quick off the mark.

Good technical abilities, and creative players to fit the style of play required

Good decision making skills and composure under pressure.

Coaches with skills to educate the youngsters in the technical and mental sides of the game.
Transfer Policy:
Nottingham Forest aim to attract and sign mainly British Under 21 talents, and those that come through the youth system. Foreign players are an option, but only if they are better than current squad members, or domestic transfer options.
Youngsters (U23s), will be signed for the first team, or, where applicable, the advantage of loaning promising talents from bigger (Premier League Clubs)
Player / Youth Development:
From the First Team to the Academy, the approach towards developing players must be clear, consistent and have the commitment of everyone, in order to be successful in the long
term goals. We must train the way we want to play, and as such, these sessions must show the relationships between practice and the real game.
Training will focus on encouraging creative players, with an independence in decision making, as well as displaying a vision and anticipation to be ahead of any situation they find
themselves in.
U17 (Academy) Training Philosophy:- Development of skills required with the ball (Under 19s within FM)
U19s Training Philosophy:- Technical and Tactical Abilities, those which would be used in match situations (U23/Reserves)
U21s Training Philosophy:- Development of skills required for the style of play. Player traits and further expertise on weak areas of the game (Part of 1st Team Setup)
Future Goals / Achievements:
Promotion to Premier League within 3 seasons.
Win a Cup Competition within 5 seasons.
Qualify for an International (European) Competition within 6 seasons.
Sell a youngster for a minimum fee of £10m within 3 seasons.

Principles of Play –
Playing Philosophy:

The Club at all levels must play with a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 formation, depending on the opposition
and playing staff.
Style of Play:
Possession based play, along the lines of the setup used by Pep Guardiola, positive mentality, progressing into the final third with creativity, passing with purpose and creating goalscoring opportunities
In Possession
Passing Style:

Build from the back, using the goalkeeper and defenders to build a platform. The defenders need to have the confidence to use the ball and make the correct decisions to set the tempo for the rest of the team.
Look to use the width of the pitch, overlapping fullbacks/wingbacks, getting forward
and creating overloads.

Out of Possession
Pressing Style:

From the front as a collective unit. Required to be comfortable to cope with 1 v 1 situations when they arise. Pace and composure within the back 4 in order for the back line to be pressed up. When not pressing, the team drop back and are compact.
In Transition :
When possession is lost, the aim is to regain the ball as quickly as possible.
Taking advantage of any turnover is a priority, and as such, we must look to counter attack when available, using pace and intelligence wisely.

Thats the ‘DNA’ statement. Next up, a look at the team, and potential talents.