Creating a 5-star coaching team on Football Manager is a task many players have found difficult and even impossible over the years. This guide will tell you the best way you can achieve a 5-star coaching team in FM20 by breaking down the individual components that make up this tricky task.

Any Football Manager player wanting to get the very best out of their players is going to need to have the best staff behind them. However, having the best staff won't significantly aid your players' development if you don't possess state of the art training facilities, so for this challenge, you are either going to need to take control of one of the top clubs or you will need to simply make your team one of the best. Starting at a team with a lower reputation will obviously make achieving a 5-star coaching team an even tougher challenge as you aren't likely to have the facilities, reputation or the money to attract the best coaches.

The criteria for any potential 5-star coach are their attributes, coaching badges and personality. Before you check the attacking, defending or goalkeeping stats for any coach, you must first look at their Determination, Level of Discipline and Motivating attributes as these are the key stats for any 5-star coach. Once you have found a coach with high numbers in these three key areas you can assess his attacking, defending or goalkeeping attributes to figure out what their specialist area of training is. Personalities play a big role in players and coaches on FM20 and if you want to get the best coaching staff then ideally you want them to have either of these three personalities, Model Citizen, Model Professional or Professional.

What coaches do I need?

To ensure that your staff can offer 5-star coaching in each individual area of training you can only afford for each coach to be assigned to one specific area, anything more and their star rating will likely drop. This means that you are going to need two fitness coaches, two goalkeeper coaches, two defending coaches, two attacking coaches and two possession coaches, due to their being two types of training in each of those disciplines.

Below is a list of each type of coach you will need and the stats they must be proficient in to either be or develop into a 5-star coach. The list might seem obvious but you still have to match these key attributes along with high Motivating, Level of Discipline and Determination stats to discover the best coaches in each area. Remember, coaches just like players develop so if you can't find a 5-star coach you will need to choose one that is as close as you can get and still has the ability to improve, either via coaching badges or due to their age (don't sign a 70-year old coach and expect them to improve).

Goalkeeping Handling

Key Attributes: GK Handling and GK Distribution.

Goalkeeper Shot Stopping

Key Attributes: GK Shot Stopping

Defending Tactical

Key Attributes: Defending and Tactical

Defending Technical

Key Attributes: Defending and Technical

Attacking Tactical

Key Attributes: Attacking and Tactical

Attacking Technical

Key Attributes: Attacking and Technical

Possession Tactical

Key Attributes: Mental and Tactical

Possession Tactical

Key Attributes: Mental and Technical

Fitness Strength

Key Attributes: Fitness

Fitness Quickness

Key Attributes: Fitness

Which 5-star coaches can I sign?

If you were hoping to start a new save and hire an entire team of 5-star coaches straight away then you are out of luck. There simply aren't ready-made 5-star coaches available when you first load up FM20, well not in all the areas you need anyway. Assuming you don't want to discover the best coaches on FM20 yourself, we have handpicked a selection of 5 and 4.5-star coaches that you could potentially sign. However, you would need to load up the largest database to find all of these staff members which would slow your game down considerably, so don't plan on signing, or even finding, all of these coaches if you are already in the middle of a save.

Fitness 

Michael Lindeman – 5 Stars

Roberto Sassi – 5 Stars

Paco Seirul.lo – 5 Stars

Tony Colbert – 5 Stars

Fabio Micarelli – 5 Stars


Goalkeeping Shot Stopper

Adalberto Grigioni – 5 Stars

Pedro Jaro – 5 Stars

Hugo Oliveira – 5 Stars

Alessandro Nista – 5 Stars

Gilles Rousset – 5 Stars

Gianluca Spinelli – 5 Stars

Vyachesiav Chanov – 5 Stars

Roberto Barbosa – 5 Stars

Jens Lehmann – 5 Stars


Goalkeeper Handling

Adalberto Grigioni – 5 Stars

Pedro Jaro – 5 Stars

Hugo Oliveira – 5 Stars

Gianluca Spinelli – 5 Stars

Vyachesiav Chanov – 5 Stars

Alessandro Nista – 5 Stars

Gilles Rousset – 5 Stars

Jens Lehmann – 5 Stars


Defending Tactical

Danny McGrain – 4.5 Stars

Ivan Cordoba – 4.5 Stars

Daniele Bernazzani – 4.5 Stars

Mario Cecchi – 4.5 Stars

Miguel D'Agostino – 4.5 Stars

Cristian Stellini – 4.5 Stars


Defending Technical

Daniele Bernazzani – 4.5 Stars

Miguel Quaresma – 4.5 Stars


Attacking Tactical

Loris Beoni – 4.5 Stars


Attacking Technical

Kieran McKenna – 4.5 Stars

Rodolfo Borrell – 4.5 Stars

Dennis Bergkamp – 4.5 Stars

Maurizio Trombetta – 4.5 Stars

Eder Aleixo – 4.5 Stars

Simon Tahamata – 4.5 Stars

Albert Meyong – 4.5 Stars


Possession Tactical

Loris Beoni – 4.5 Stars

Daniele Bernazzani – 4.5 Stars

Michele Salzarulo – 4.5 Stars

Luiz Carlos – 4.5 Stars

David Coles – 4.5 Stars

Flavio Tenius – 4.5 Stars


Possession Technical

Flavio Tenius – 5 Stars

Simon Tahamata – 4.5 Stars

Miguel Quaresma – 4.5 Stars

Lucjan Brychczy – 4.5 Stars

Gianni Vio – 4.5 Stars

Rodolfo Borrell – 4.5 Stars

Salvatore Cerrone – 4.5 Stars

Pepijn Lijnders – 4.5 Stars

Maurizio Trombetta – 4.5 Stars


As you can see from that list, your biggest issue is going to be finding and developing a 5-star attacking coach that specialises in the tactical side of training. The fact that FM20 doesn't hand you everything on a plate is part of its appeal to most fans, we like having to discover and train players and coaches to the best of their abilities as it gives us a sense of achievement. Hopefully, this guide will have answered some questions and given you an idea of what you need to do in order to attain a 5-star coaching team in FM20, it won't be easy but it will be fun.

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