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My Best Football Manager 2009 Tactics

As I promised I’m going to reveal the tactics that helped me to get my Chester team from a media prediction of 21st to the real… 1st place in League Two. The tactic is nothing special, it’s a 4-4-2 tactic with an offensive touch. 



The team instructions might give you more information about the style.


As you can see the tactic uses zonal marking and the offside trap. There are individual player instructions too but I won’t get into details. I think that the results it produced for me are very good:

– the media predicted my Chester would finish 21st in League Two

– We finished 1st with 96 points, 100 goals scored and 47 conceded, 29 wins, 9 draws and 8 losses. 

I’m not saying that the tactic will work for your team too, that would be stupid. I’ll give you some pros and cons of using this tactic as I observed during the League Two season.


– creates many chances

– many goals scored (more than 2 per game average for my team)

– often produces spectacular passing football (if you have decent players at least)

– score many goals from corners and indirect free kicks if you have a centre back with at least 15 heading and good corner and free kick takers for each side. I used the left footed taker for the right sided set pieces and the right footed taker for the left sided set pieces as I noticed that I scored more goals this way. The result is that my centre back (James Chester, 15 heading) scored 16 goals in 37 games!


– quite leaky in defence (average of 1 goal conceded per game)

– midfielders get tired quickly if they don’t have very good stamina

That’s about it, I’ll give you more explanations if you want them, so feel free to ask.

Oh, I almost forgot. Here is the download link :)

In the next post I’m going to reveal the training schedules that I’m using and the type of coaches that I think you need to get the best out of your players.


Here is a slightly tweaked version of the tactic. It should work better with patch 9.2.0.



  1. 123hello

    January 4, 2009 at 00:11

    i was wondering the difference between the tactic in the post and tactic twicked for 9.2.0, and also is there any need to use the tactic specially made for patch 9.2.0???

    thank you in advance :D

    • JohnnyKarp

      January 4, 2009 at 05:28

      There aren’t too many differences. I just slightly modified the corners approach and I’m not using the “play offside” option. The rest is basically almost the same, only small tweaks here and there concerning individual instructions and team instructions. I’d recommend using the tactic made for 9.2.0 though. With one advice: if you feel your opponent is getting too much space on the wings use backward arrows on your fullbacks instead of forward arrows.

  2. anjan

    January 20, 2009 at 07:39

    try this formation 4-2-3-1. 2CB, 2FB going up to WB, 2CM, 2WG with one wing going up, 1AMC with longshots fully given and a TARGET MAN. if the LWG is going up make the instruction “attack from left”, and frm right when possible. the winger going up must have longshots fully given where as other winger should not be allowed. play wide game with direct ball and other normal.

    advantage of this tactics is brilliant passing which builds up a dangerous attack. the ball will be played on the side you choose to play before(never put both flanks). the AMC will play mostly on the side you choose. the most amazing thing is that the AMC will shoot from everywhere scoring more than 30 goals in the league.i choose Mark Bresciano who has longshot 19 which will rise to 20. the striker will be the target man who will do lots of headers both from corners and attack. if you give more longshots option, more lethal he will be. and the winger you choose will get assits more than ever you have seen. my choosen one was Andres Guardado who had 32 assists just in the league with decisive goal coz of his long shot ability.

    • JohnnyKarp

      January 20, 2009 at 10:44

      Hey Anjan! The tactic that you describe sounds quite impressive. Could you send it to me somehow so I’ll be able to test it and see how it works for my team? You can e-mail it to me at johnnykarpat [at] yahoo [dot] com
      I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

  3. setpiecesimon

    June 16, 2009 at 07:11


    Good luck with Blyth – I’m sure you will be the pride of Northumberland before you know it! :)

    I have been hvaing some good feedback of one of the formations I have created but I have yet to have any test it in the very low leagues.

    If things aint going to well then then you should try one of my formations. Ine the meantime I think I will try yours

    The formation can be found at

    Come check out the rest of my blog at

    Cheers and good luck with the new game – I’l be keeping an eye on how you progress. And I’ll also let you know how I get on with your formation

    • JohnnyKarp

      June 16, 2009 at 08:01

      Thanks for the comment Simon, I’ll try your tactic if the one I’m using now should fail. So far it’s going quite OK :)

  4. curtkoz

    July 24, 2009 at 15:26

    do you not post downloads for your game like chester or blyth or somet?

    • JohnnyKarp

      July 24, 2009 at 15:31

      Curt, what sould I post as downloads? The saved games, highlights?

  5. curtkoz

    July 24, 2009 at 15:47

    i think you shud post your games on like your chester one or something so people can look at it , then drag it into sportsinteractive into ‘games’

    • JohnnyKarp

      July 24, 2009 at 15:56

      Curt, from what you’re saying you want me to post the saved games and I thing it might be a good idea. Maybe post the latest savegame at the end of each season?

  6. curtkoz

    July 24, 2009 at 16:47

    you shud put your chester season up for download :)

    • JohnnyKarp

      July 24, 2009 at 18:34

      Curt, unfortunately I don’t have the Chester saved game file, here’s the reason.

  7. Elisabet

    July 24, 2009 at 17:35

    Just wanted to know if your tactic is any good on patch 9.3.0

    • JohnnyKarp

      July 24, 2009 at 18:37

      I used this on on 9.2.0. After upgrading to 9.3.0 I’m using this newer one.

  8. curtkoz

    July 24, 2009 at 19:12

    ohh thats bad , could you upload your blyth season for download please:)

    • JohnnyKarp

      July 24, 2009 at 19:15

      Sure mate, I’ll upload it and post the link in the new post that I’ll be publishing within the next few hours.

  9. curtkoz

    July 24, 2009 at 20:00

    ohh cheers , send the link in a comment when you have uploaded it:)

  10. curtkoz

    July 24, 2009 at 21:21

    wen are you uploading the game?

  11. curtkoz

    July 24, 2009 at 21:27

    tell me the link or were you have put the link wen u have downloaded it please

    • JohnnyKarp

      July 24, 2009 at 21:52

      Here you go mate, you can find the link at the end of the post. Enjoy!

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