21 Signs That You're Addicted To Football Manager

To celebrate the release of the 2014 edition of the game, Football Manager guru Iain Macintosh is writing a series of FM-related features exclusively here with Unibet.

Today, in part 5, Iain issues a public health warning, helpfully listing the 21 symptoms you need to look out for in your battle against Football Manager addiction... 


1:  You shout, “Where’s the passion, lads?” at a big screen in a crowded pub. You receive at least three sombre nods of fraternity from strangers.


2:  The shopping list on the family blackboard now includes the names of three French U21 footballers and a reminder to appoint a South American scout. 


3:  It’s not the fact that you’re conducting post-match interviews in your head that worries you. It’s the fact that you’re sterner with “Geoff Shreeves” than you are with “Gabriel Clarke.”


4:  When losing a cup game, you silently convince yourself that ‘the league is your bread and butter’ and you repeat that maxim to yourself as the clock runs down. 


5:  You develop irrational superstitions, believing that a quick check of the live league table will invite an opposition goal, or that holding your breath will keep one out.


6:  In one particularly dark run of defeats, you convince yourself that the game is making you lose deliberately. You never ask why any games publisher would include this feature as standard.


7: You’ve seen dawn break too many times because of your conflicting beliefs that you cannot go to bed on a defeat and that it’s silly to save and exit when you’re winning. 


8:  You have relatives whose lives you follow with less interest than the career of a player who once scored 30 goals in a season for you on Football Manager 2007. 


9:  You have perfected the ‘silent, internal roar’, used when playing FM in a room full of people who don’t know you’re playing. 


10:  You’ve started taking your laptop on the school run, so you can play in the car if your kids are late out. Yesterday, you arrived at their school at 11am. 


11: You are far angrier about the influence of agents in football since they started asking for fees in Football Manager. 


12:  You are incapable of reading a football manager’s autobiography without feeling a desperate urge to start a new game at their old club. 


13: Other people count sheep, you fall asleep by silently running through your preferred first and second elevens. 


14: You keep elderly players in the reserve squad because you can’t bear to let them go and, besides, they might be a good influence for the kids.  

15:  You amaze your friends with your knowledge of an obscure real-life transfer target. Halfway through your assessment, you realise that you’ve never, ever seen him play in real life. 



16:  When your goalkeeper makes a howler, you tell a room full of imaginary journalists that, “he’s got us out of jail so many times, he’s allowed a clanger.’ You imagine the journalists nodding approvingly. 


17:  You once spent eight hours editing the game to include all of your friends. You know that you cannot rule out ever doing this again. 


18:  Your partner catches a cold and you can’t go out as planned. They apologise for leaving you with nothing to do on a Saturday night. You assure them that this really isn’t a problem. 


19:  You put three members of the U18 squad on the bench for the last game of the season, but you have no intention of using them. It’s for ‘experience.’ 


20:  While watching Sunday Supplement, you’re impressed with one of the journalists. A week later, you’ll find yourself imagining them ghost-writing your autobiography. You may even have a book title. 


21:  You’ve had relationship break-ups that have upset you less than than the sight of a player who is “looking complacent.”


Iain Macintosh is the author of the best-selling book, Football Manager Stole My Life.


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