The best staff to employ on Football Manager 2022

Faria is an excellent coach
Faria is an excellent coach / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

You might dream of becoming the best manager in Football Manager 2022, but you'll need a great backroom staff around you to realise that dream.

From your number two to your physios and your data analysts, it's your job to find the best staff around to help you out and maximise results, but figuring out who to pursue isn't always easy.

Fortunately, we've got you covered. Here's your ultimate cheat sheet to the best staff on FM 22.

Assistant manager

Brian Kidd
Kidd impressed at Man City / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Hermann Gerland

A do-it-all staff member, Gerland is open to taking up a job as an assistant manager, coach or a head of youth development.

Rui Faria

Jose Mourinho's famous right-hand man is excellent as an assistant manager or as a fitness coach. He's definitely worth a hire.

Brian Kidd

Kidd held plenty of different jobs at Manchester City but is now looking for a new home for the first time since 2009.

Peter Hermann

With years of experience at some of Germany's biggest sides, Hermann should be near the top of your shortlist.

Peter Krawietz

Krawietz is already on the books as a coach at Liverpool but could be tempted by a promotion elsewhere.


Pre-Season FriendlyLiverpool
Lijnders has impressed at Liverpool / ANP Sport/GettyImages

Pepijn Lijnders

The opposite to Krawietz, Lijnders has a cushy job as Jurgen Klopp's right-hand man at Anfield but it's definitely worth trying to pry him away.

Rodolfo Borrell

Man City coach Borrell excels when it comes to working with young players, so if you've got a youthful squad, you should be all over him.

Fabio Mahseredjian

Mahseredjian is Brazil's fitness coach and boasts some unreal stats in that department, but he's also great when it comes to both attacking and defending.

Carlinhos Neves

Another Brazilian, Neves is also focused on fitness but is arguably better-equipped to coach in another field as well.

Norbert Elgert

Schalke legend Elgert might be tricky to lure away from his Under-19 manager gig, but it's definitely worth a go.

Fitness coach

Holger Broich

Broich is already employed as Bayern Munich's fitness coach and his stats for the job are absolutely perfect. He's even got plenty of room to get even better.

Scott Piri

Piri has left his role Galatasaray's head of sports science and fitness coach, so he's available for hire. An easy choice.

Mario Monteiro

Monteiro's contract with Benfica has come to an end and he's another who is looking for a new club. He's got 20 for coaching fitness so you know you're getting a top coach.

Lorenzo Buenaventura

Buenaventura is employed by Man City on a contract which doesn't have too long left to run. Keep an eye out for him.

Anthony Colbert

The easiest appointment in this section, Colbert is unemployed after leaving Southend United, but he won't struggle to find another club.

Goalkeeping coach

Gianluca Spinelli
Spinelli is one of the best coaches / John Berry/GettyImages

Claudio Filippi

With over 20 years experience in the Italian top flight, Filippi has worked hard to make himself one of the best in the business. He's the best goalkeeping coach on the game.

Hugo Oliveira

Oliveira has extensive experience in both Portugal and England and is currently plying his trade with Fulham.

Gianluca Spinelli

Now with PSG, Spinelli has worked with both Chelsea and Italy in recent years, which speaks volumes of his quality.

Flavio Tenius

Tenius has spent most of his time in his native Brazil, and while he's primarily a goalkeeper coach, he's got decent stats in other fields too.

Adriano Bonaiuti

Inter coach Bonaiuti has all the stats you need to be a star coach. He's even got 14 for working with youngsters.

Head of youth development

Rodolfo Borrell

Borrell is back again. If you can find a spot for him, he's a must-hire.

Hermann Gerland


Neil Bath

Bath has forged an impressive reputation in charge of Chelsea's youth setup. His record speaks for itself.

Lars Ricken

Dortmund native Ricken works for his hometown side and might not be the easiest to lure away, but it's worth a try.

Manu Fernandez

The man in charge of producing young talent at R. Madrid, Fernandez is a safe bet here.

Director of football

Monchi is one of the best around / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Paul Mitchell

Always an in-demand staff member, Mitchell has impressed during spells with Tottenham, RB Leipzig and Monaco.


Sevilla's Monchi is famous for his ability to develop players and flip them for hefty profits. If that's the vibe of your team, he's your man.

Txiki Begiristain

One of the faces of Man City's dominance, Begiristain has a lot of experience when it comes to blockbuster negotiations.

Fabio Paratici

A new arrival at Tottenham, Paratici is famed for his knowledge of Italian football and his ability to identify young players with high potential.

Sven Mislintat

Having boosted his reputation as a scout for both Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, Mislintat is now in his first director role at Stuttgart.

Technical director

Paco Seirul-lo

After 20 years as a sports scientist at Barcelona, Seirul-lo switched over to technical director in 2014. He's the best around.

Abian Perdomo

He's held a lot of positions in Madrid but Perdomo is currently the technical director for R. Madrid.

Marco Neppe

One of the younger directors around, Neppe impressed as a scout at Bayern Munich and was quickly promoted.

Dan Ashworth

He's just left Brighton and is still looking for a new club. Ashworth will get picked up very quickly so make sure you're at the front of the queue.

Scott McLachlan

McLachlan has been Chelsea's chief scout for a decade now but could be tempted with a big move.


Markus Pilawa

Dortmund's chief scout, Pilawa is one of the best around when it comes to judging potential.

Aurelio Pereira

Pereira plies his trade with Sporting CP and has done ever since 1990. Can you be the one to end that relationship?

Jose Ignacio Navarro

Operating as a recruitment analyst these days, Navarro is ideally suited to take up a scouting role.

Gerardo Guzman

Having spent most of his career in Spain, Guzman headed to Manchester to try and lead a scouting revolution focusing on snapping up young talent. So far, so good.

Daniele Bernazzani

Inter's Bernazzani is one of the best around when it comes to judging potential. He's the man you want scouting for wonderkids.

Data analyst

Antonio Gagliardi

Gagliardi works as a performance analyst for the Italian national team, but he's actually not a bad coach if push comes to shove.

Riccardo Scirea

Zebre's head performance analyst since 2012, you'll have to have a similar position on offer if you want to land Scirea.

Jordi Melero

Melero works at Barcelona already and is absolutely perfect when it comes to analysing data.

Ross Johnston

One of the younger candidates, Johnston leads performance analysis at Tottenham.

Raul Pelaez

Available after leaving Barcelona last year, Pelaez should be quite easy to snap up.


Thibaut Courtois
Maesschalck works with Belgium / BRUNO FAHY/GettyImages

Andrew Nealon

Great both as a physio and a sports scientist, Nealon knows his stuff.

Juanjo Brau

The head physio at Barcelona, Brau might need a tidy pay rise to leave his post.

Lieven Maesschalck

Belgium's physio, Maesschalck is one of the best around and could be tempted to try out club football.

Ricardo Sasaki

A Sao Paulo native, Sasaki remains in his hometown and is one of the best in the business.

Helmut Erhard

Erhard worked his way up the ranks at Bayern Munich and has been the head physio since 2016.

Sports scientist

Andrew Nealon

Told you he'd pop up here.

Tim Harkness

Chelsea's head of department, Harkness has some of the highest stats you'll find.

Elio Carravetta

A great sports scientist and fitness coach, Carravetta wold be an excellent pick-up for any side.

Roberto Sassi

Perhaps more of a fitness coach than a sports scientist, Sassi can easily do a job in either role.

Duccio Ferrari Bravo

Another of those comfortable in a number of different roles, Ferrari Bravo is currently on the books with Zebre.