CM5 Update: TNT That Will Blow Your Head Off! (That's Training 'N' Tactics)
by John - 10/03/2005
So you’ve done your wheeler-dealing in the transfer market, yet the essence of any great manager is what he does with the players at hand - essentially this is down to 2 critical components: Training and Tactics!
Having talked in detail to a lot of Champ Man fans, one aspect of the simulation that many found difficult or unappealing in previous versions was Training. This was because it was deemed to be too complex or cumbersome to get into, and for many was something automatically farmed off to their Assistant Manager. We feel that this is a shame as training players is an essential part of the real-life manager’s role and critical to success on the pitch. But no more! BGS have worked extensively with ex-Leeds, Aston Villa, West Ham and Leyton Orient goalkeeping legend and Charlton Athletic’s UEFA Pro certified First Team Coach, Mervyn Day, to create a completely new training module that is both user-friendly and offers the ultimate in realism.
CM5 delivers a more accessible training module than previous versions, albeit still with a comparable amount of detail, which enables the manager to put into as much or as little detail as they wish into training. This is achieved through the introduction of our new ‘Create Schedule Wizard’; using this the manager can select Light, Medium or Intensive training in specific areas to automatically generate more complex weekly schedules of activities. These schedules can be tweaked by half-hour slot if desired, saved and assigned to individuals, groups of players, or the team as a whole. The schedules and drills themselves are completely realistic having been designed by Mervyn and reflect those used by actual professional teams. For the detail junkies out there, the simulation offers 63 individual half-hour training slots across the week and 82 different training drills to choose from.
The core drills have been designed to increase certain player attributes and the manager can see the effects of training on players’ attribute scores by ticking the “Training Effects” option. When training is neglected, inappropriate drills used, or players are over-trained, attribute scores will decrease although we’ve been very careful to make sure that this is balanced and the manager therefore won’t be unfairly penalised. Further, the impact of training will be witnessed in individual player and team performance in matches as the season progresses.
All-in-all, training schedules will be easier to implement, optimised to deliver absolute realism, and will have a direct impact on player and team performance in matches.
Oh, and you can still ask your assistant manager to do this if you really want to.
Choosing Your Tactics
The Tactics Editor for Championship Manager 5 is also completely new - offering flexibility, many more options and total realism.
There are now 25 default formations to choose from and not only that, CM5 also provides greater customisation of formations: you can place your players anywhere on the pitch by simply dragging them and so arrange your preferred shape. There are 270 outfield player positions on the tactics board!
Moving players around also automatically changes their defined position, i.e. moving an Attacking Left Midfielder into a slightly more advanced position would change their role to Left-Winger. You have to beware, of course, as playing someone in an un-accustomed position, or where he doesn’t have appropriate attributes, will result in a weaker performance.
A fantastic new feature is the ability for the manager, using directional arrows on the tactics board, to instruct players to play feeds as well as make runs into particular areas. Therefore, players can be told to play balls into channels or to identify other players as their primary targets for passes. We’ve also added more player / team instruction options including ‘time-wasting’ and ‘ruffing up’.
All of it matters too! We’ve done extensive balancing and testing to make sure that tactical instructions are actually reflected in the Match Engine.
Don’t forget, CM5 will be in-store NEXT FRIDAY 18th MARCH!! So get your personal training regime in order, decide your tactics for getting to the store, and get ready for the ultimate football management simulation. The Champ is back!
The Championship Manager Team
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