Football Manager 2023: Five challenges based on real-life managers

Football Manager 2023 is set to release later this year, so we’ve taken a look at some challenges you can take on based on real-life managers, including the bosses of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur!

The game has yet to be formally announced but it will follow in the footsteps of FM22, which has been a critical and commercial success.

Indeed, FM22 actually sold over a million copies, and we’re fully expecting FM23 to release in the next few months.

The beta comes out two weeks prior to the full game’s release and we’ve been thinking about five challenges you can take on based on real-life managerial careers.

You’ll be looking to mimic the very best – we’ve ignored both Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho here as we’ve written about challenges based on their careers before!


Jurgen Klopp

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks on ahead of the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on August 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Liverpool boss has had a remarkable career.

To copy his rise, you’ll need to start off with a second-division club in your home country, as Klopp did with Mainz.

Get them promoted, and then try to qualify for the Europa League. A key part of this challenge is to stay with the club even if you’re relegated.

Only leave when a top club in your country make a move for you, as Klopp did for Borussia Dortmund. Win the league with them and reach a Champions League final.

Then, eventually, earn a move to a huge European giant, and win everything there is to win there.

Easy, really!


Sam Allardyce

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: Sam Allardyce, Manager of West Ham United celebrates after the final whistle during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and West Ham United at Ashton Gate on January 25, 2015 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

This one’s a fun one.

We’re not going to tell you to manage all of the clubs that Allardyce did but you’ll be taking on the role of a firefighter.

Essentially, only take over clubs that are in trouble. So, start off with a club predicted to be relegated from the Premier League, and keep moving around, keeping teams up across the country.

Eventually, try to get yourself a national team job, but maybe avoid that pint of wine!


Antonio Conte

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte applauding
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte applauds the fans

Win a second-tier championship in your country, then make a move to a club where you can dominate the top division. Conte went from Bari to Juventus, winning Serie B with the former and Serie A three times with the latter.

Then, head to another huge European club and win their league, as Conte did with Chelsea, before returning to the first country and winning the league there, as he did with Inter Milan.

Yeah, pretty simple this one. To add some realism, try not to sign young players, instead focusing on those who are ready to go now.


David Moyes

West Ham United manager David Moyes
David Moyes taking charge of a Premier League game for West Ham United

This one is pre-downfall David Moyes!

Essentially, you’ll need to take a mid-level team in your chosen country – Everton, in Moyes’ case – and make them the best of the rest, while hunting for bargains and nurturing your young talent.

Then, earn a move to the pre-eminent club in your country, as Moyes did with Manchester United.

Then, try to fare a little better than Moyesie did!


Fabio Capello

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Fabio Capello – Messi

This one is a trophy-hunting save.

Start in your native country and win the top trophy four times, as well as the Champions League, then jet off somewhere else and win another league twice, before coming back to your native country and winning Serie A three times more.

Capello did all of this with AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus, although his Serie A titles with the latter were eventually revoked due to match-fixing.

Add some realism in here and try to get a national team job too, as Capello did with England.


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