Football Manager 2013 – prima donna problems

“Knowing the right thing to say to motivate your team and avoid making them annoyed or over-relaxed can be akin to solving a riddle.”

The game’s only been out for 11 days but I’ve already taken control of five clubs in four careers.

I’m not sure why this is, but I’ve found it hard to get attached to a club.

Players seem more temperamental than ever and it can feel like you’re in a constant battle to keep them happy and avoid tantrums.

I know it’s not real life but one of the things I enjoyed most about past editions of FM is how you can develop an in-game bond with a player.

For example, when David Villa scored about 40 goals in one season for my Man United team, I loved him!

But it seems in FM13 players can’t wait to fall out with you and ask for ridiculous pay┬ápackets when you want to renew their contracts.

Even coaches are greedy sods now.

You might argue it just reflects how demanding footballers are in reality, however, it can negate from the overall fun experience of the game.

Considering how hard players can be to deal with it’s surprising that the player I’m getting along with as well as any other is the moody Robinho!

He has been brilliant for my Milan side so I’ve had little reason to criticize him, however he has made the odd negative comment about my team talks.

That’s another thing: team talks.

Knowing the right thing to say to motivate your team and avoid making them annoyed or over-relaxed can be akin to solving a riddle.

If you really upset your more over-sensitive players they can potentially hate you for weeks; it can even lead to the player refusing to talk to you.

I guess keeping your players happy is just one of the important challenges of being a football manager though and if you can do this success is sure to come.

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