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How to set up training in Championship Manager 01/02

Training is boring in Championship Manager 01/02 but with these tips, you can streamline the process.

One of the most boring aspects of Championship Manager 01/02 is training. It takes time away from actual gameplay and you never know if it makes a difference. But it can make a difference – good or bad – thanks to research from some dedicated players.

champman0102.co.uk member Kingsley (formerly known as The Eejit) created a guide on training in 2012 which still works today and it saves a lot of time and confusion. The following article will look at some of the basics to get you started but if you want more in-depth analysis, head over to the forum thread in the previous link.

Specific training schedules affect specific attributes

A gung-ho approach to training in Championship Manager 01/02 will tire your players out and cause injuries, which is a nightmare for smaller squads. So follow these training schedules to improve the right attributes:

  • Fitness: Acceleration, Agility, Jumping, Pace, Stamina, Strength and Reflexes
  • Shooting: Finishing and Long Shots
  • Skill: Crossing, Dribbling, Heading, Passing, Set Pieces, Tackling and Technique
  • Tactics: Decisions, Marking, Off the Ball, Positioning and Teamwork
  • Goalkeeping: Handling

The remaining attributes are not affected by training:

  • Aggression
  • Anticipation
  • Balance
  • Bravery
  • Creativity
  • Determination
  • Flare
  • Influence
  • Work Rate

Given that goalkeepers need more than handling to be decent, you should set your goalkeepers on more than just Goalkeeping schedules. Consider including Fitness to their regimes to improve their Agility, Jumping, Strength, and Reflexes.

50 is the magic number for coaches

The Coaches screen in training
Screenshot taken by Mike Paul

How many coaches do you need for each schedule? Some have said 3, with your assistant assigned to all schedules. But there’s more to it as The Eejit discovered from testing.

The key finding was this:

You can add coaches to a schedule until the sum of their outfield coaching is 50. After that, adding coaches to that schedule will provide no benefit. Coaches can be assigned to as many schedules as you like and it will not impact on the effectiveness of the training program.

The same could be said for goalkeepers, although the testing to prove it wasn’t as thorough. The analysis also suggested a reduction in assigned schedules would help improve a coach’s attributes.

Does coaching style matter?

The Eejit says there isn’t a difference.

A technical coach is just as good at improving fitness as a fitness coach and vice versa. There is a difference for Goalkeeping coaches v Outfield and they can’t be swapped without having an impact.

Interestingly, the following attributes made no significant difference to the quality of coaches:

  • Adaptability
  • Man Management
  • Motivating
  • Physiotherapy
  • Determination
  • Tactical Knowledge
  • Judging Ability
  • Judging Potential
  • Level of Discipline

Working with Youngsters seemed to benefit players who were on the fringe, so it’s worth looking at coaches/an assistant manager with a high value in this attribute for larger squads and reserve teams.

Conclusion

From the information gathered, it shows that you don’t need to sign coaches from the big clubs to get the best coaching. You need to get the right balance and hit that magic 50 in the outfield coaching attribute. Save your signing on fees and wages for better players.

Do you have any training regimes or tips that have worked for you on Championship Manager 01/02? Let us know in the comments.

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