When playing Football Manager 2020, one thing that we all dream of doing is an ‘Alex Ferguson’ and stay at a club for years, dominating and building something special. But where does one start in making such a big choice? What kind of clubs should you be looking to lay down proper roots in and build a dynasty?
What clubs in the FM2020 database are ripe for you to take over at and build a genuine dynasty at, giving you the chance to build a club that has a proper chance of being successful?
The appeal is obvious: take over a massive Spanish club with loving support and the most unique signing policy in the world. This will be a challenge no doubt, but the ability to sign only specific players focuses you to become a proper coach as opposed to a transfer market expert. Bilbao are a fantastic club to manage and building something here over the long-term should be possible so long as you are scouting Basques ahead of their big moves.
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Though the Milanese giants have had many a dynasty in their history, the red half of Milan is in dire straits compared to their once glorious past. You could take them over and build a genuine legacy here; restoring a club that is one of the most famous in the world to its rightful place as one of the biggest trio of clubs in Italy and then the world. A challenge, but one worth investing in.
The Foals are one of the most beloved clubs in Germany, and the first ‘superpower’ before the rise of FC Bayern. A truly fun club to manage with a crazy support and a great supporting cast, including world-class Sporting Director Max Eberl. This is a hard club to get it right at, but getting it right is going to ensure that you build a club that you could fall in love with.
While the Dandies were once a force under Alex Ferguson, it was their brief time at the apex of the Scottish domestic game. The club has a solid youth system and has a good enough stadium, so you could build something strong here. It will take some time to come up with a squad that can genuinely compete with Celtic, but you could definitely do it if you are willing to invest in a team that has the potential to grow into something special.
Fans of football from the 90s and 00s will remember the French team well. For many, Auxerre are seen as one of the biggest teams in France, but it was down to their unique academy and the work of Guy Roux, who was involved at the club for 40 years, that made them an established force. Now down in the second tier, restoring this once proud club to the top flight and then to Europe is an adventure worth embarking on.