Behind every great manager is a great assistant.
Sir Alex Ferguson had Mike Phelan, and Jose Mourinho had Rui Faria.
If you are new to the Football Manager series you will need to lean on your assistant, so it is important to know who are the best men to be by your side on the game.
RealSport takes a look at who the best assistant managers are on the game.
Hermann Gerland (CA 174 – PA 174)
Club: Bayern Munich
Former clubs: VfL Bochum, FC Nurnberg
Best attributes: 20 working with youngsters, 20 judging player potential and 18 determination
Wage: £7,000 a week
Hermann Gerland has been involved with Bayern Munich since 2001 – managing their reserve team and is currently on his third stint as the first team assistant. He is currently the Head of Youth Development, working under interim manager Hans-Dieter Flick.
On FM20, the German has stats of 20 working with youngsters, 20 judging player potential and 18 determination. His wages are £7,000 a week, but the 65-year-old is considering retirement so it is unlikely you will be able to bring him on board.
Jesus Perez (CA 170 – PA 170)
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Former clubs: Espanyol, Southampton
Best attributes: 19 fitness, 18 motivating, 17 level of discipline
Wage: £17,500 a week
Jesus Perez worked under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, so both will remain at the club until the FM20 squad updated expected in February. The 47-year-old Perez worked with the Argentine at Espanyol and Southampton, meaning they have been part of the same team for almost nine years.
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Stats of 19 fitness, 18 motivating and 17 level of discipline take Perez to a maxed out 170 CA. His wages are £17,500 a week but with a strong relationship with Pochettino, he is not prepared to move club on the game.
Rui Faria (CA 170 – PA 170)
Former clubs: Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United
Best attributes: 20 level of discipline, 19 fitness, 18 mental
Wage: £5,500 a week
Perhaps the most famous on this list, Rui Faria worked beneath Jose Mourinho at all of the senior clubs in his career. He did leave Jose’s staff during their tenure at Manchester United, however, to pursue his own career as a manger. His first job as a number 1 is with Qatari side Al-Duhail.
Stats of 20 level of discipline, 19 fitness and 18 mental give the Portuguese a 170 maximum CA, with his current wages only £5,500 a week. With him now a manager, there is little chance you can persuade him to take a number 2 role once again.
Brian Kidd (CA 168 – PA 168)
Club: Manchester City
Former clubs: Manchester United, Blackburn, England, Sheffield United, Portsmouth
Best attributes: 18 judging player potential, 16 defending, 16 mental
Wage: £12,000 a week
A mainstay of the Manchester City backroom staff, Brian Kidd has worked beneath Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and now Pep Guardiola. Long before, Kidd was on the staff at Manchester United, and was the youth teach coach that saw Ryan Giggs come through the club.
Stats of 18 judging player potential, 16 defending and 16 mental give him a maximum 168 CA, but there is small chance of bringing him to your club, unless they are ‘an improvement from working for Man City’.
Zeljko Buvac (CA 165 – PA 175)
Former clubs: Mainz, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool
Best attributes: 20 tactical, 19 tactical knowledge, 18 attacking
Jurgen Klopp’s long time number 2, having worked together at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool – but that ended in 2018. Buvac is yet to find new work, so is the standout coach to move for in FM20.
Stats of 20 tactical, 19 tactical knowledge and 18 attacking take his CA to 165, 10 away from his 175 potential. Wages of £20,500 a week will get you the experienced Bosnian.
Peter Hermann (CA 165 – PA 165)
Former clubs: Bayer Leverkusen, Nurnberg, Bayern Munich, Schalke, Hamburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf
Best attributes: 20 judging player potential, 18 judging player ability, 17 mental
A journeyman around Germany, with Peter Hermann coaching at no fewer than six clubs in the Bundesliga. During his playing career, the 67-year-old featured over 200 times for Leverkusen, and went on to be on the coaching staff there for 19 years.
On FM, you can snap Hermann up on a contract of £20,500 a week – giving you his stats of 20 judging player potential, 18 judging player ability and 17 mental coaching.
Juan Carlos Carcedo (CA 160 – PA 165)
Former clubs: Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, PSG
Best attributes: 20 motivating, 19 man management, 16 adaptability
Wage: £25,000 a week
Juan Carlos Carcedo is a long-term member of Unai Emery’s backroom team, working with his fellow Spaniard at Almeria, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, PSG and Arsenal. He also lost his job when Emery departed the Gunners, but both will remain in their positions on FM20 until the February update.
A 160 CA can improve to 165 for the 45-year-old, with Carcedo’s best stats being 20 motivating, 19 man management and 16 adaptability. It’s unlikely you will be able to dislodge him from Arsenal however, due to his close relationship with Emery.
Marco Landucci (CA 158 – PA 170)
Former clubs: Cagliari, AC Milan, Juventus
Best attributes: 19 mental, 19 determination, 18 motivating
Marco Landucci worked as Max Allegri’s assistant at Juventus, having previously worked with him as goalkeeping coach at AC Milan. He has been out of work since Allegri chose to leave Turin, so expect him to return when the Italian comes back into football.
A 158 CA for Landucci can improve to a 170 potential, with the former goalkeeper expecting wages of £18,500 a week on FM20.
Peter Krawietz (CA 155 – PA 165)
Former clubs: Mainz, Borussia Dortmund
Best attributes: 18 judging player potential, 16 adaptability, 16 tactical
Wage: £15,000 a week
Another man part of Jurgen Klopp’s dream team, Peter Krawietz has worked with the Champions League winner since they were at Mainz together. The 47-year-old has served as Klopp’s number 2 since July 2008, meaning they have sat in the dugout together for 550 games so far.
Krawietz’s £15,000 a week wages give you 18 judging player potential, 16 adaptability and 16 tactical – providing a 155 CA. This can rise to a potential of 165, but given his close relationship with Klopp – a move away seems unlikely.
German Burgos (CA 155 – PA 155)
Club: Atletico Madrid
Former clubs: Racing Club
Best attributes: 18 GK distribution, 18 GK handling, 18 GK shot stopping
Wage: £26,500 a week
Another man who sticks with his manager his German Burgos – the number 2 to Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. The pair have worked together at Catania and Racing Club, before making the switch to Atletico – meaning they were at three clubs during the course of 2011.
A goalkeeper in his playing days, it’s no surprise to see the 50-year-old Burgos have stats of 19 GK distribution, GK handing and GK shot stopping. His wages are handsome at £26,500 a week, but given his relationship with Simeone a move his out of the question.
All the best Assistant Managers on FM20
|Hermann Gerland||65||Bayern Munich||Germany||174||174||£7k|
|Brian Kidd||70||Man City||England||168||168||£12k|
|Juan Carlos Carcedo||45||Arsenal||Spain||160||165||£25k|
|German Burgos||50||A. Madrid||Argentina||155||155||£27k|
|Domenec Torrent||57||New York City||Spain||150||155||£9k|
|Rui Pedro Silva||49||Wolves||Portugal||150||156||£8k|