One of the many fan-inspired features to make it into FM 2006 will be that, for the first time, managers will be able to negotiate with their board of directors - not only for a better contract for themselves, but also for improved player wage budgets and increased transfer budgets or even stadium expansion. Be aware though, if you push too hard and don't reach the heights that the board specify, you'll soon be looking for a new job.
Half-time team talks add the ability to tell your players individually or collectively exactly what you thought of their first half performance, via the tactics screen. Will you be able to keep your players motivated, or will you cause a collapse in the second half?
Another welcome feature is the ability to manage players on a personal level. Unhappy players can cause huge morale problems for the whole squad and result in bad performances, so the new Player Interaction feature will help you to manage your team more closely.
A completely revamped training module simplifies training schedules and players' training progress, with your coaches becoming far more important members of backroom staff. New media items and expansion of the media module have been implemented, including but not limited to, cup draw news and man of the match news.
Want to know how many yellow cards the ref looking after your Saturday match has given in the last few matches? Now you can, with referee profiles and league tables, which add an extra element to tactics of the game. Maybe hard tackling is not a good idea for this Saturday's match!
Also adding an extra tactical element to FM 2006, the player positions feature has been taken one step further. A player position indicator will not only show you the best positions for your player and where to play on the pitch, it will also show player preferred moves for those players in your team. As well as this, the Player Positions display format has been upgraded, making it easier for the manger to pick the team.
- FM06 Is Quicker To Set Up! - Creating new games and loading times are now significantly reduced, despite the huge level of detail remaining.
- Tutorial - For those who have found previous SI games a bit daunting they will be happy to know that a huge 30,000-word tutorial has now been implemented. Each screen has it's own tutorial with hyperlinks to any area of the game you need help with.
- Quick Flicks - SI have introduced quick flicks at the top of the screen, this makes browsing easier around the football gaming world.
- Internet Play Improvements - Packet size has been optimised on screens with a large bandwidth requirement in order to improve network play.
- Graphical Attributes - If all these numbers seem too much then why not use bar graphs instead. A quick change in the preferences section means your player's stats will be shown in graphics, rather than numerically.
- New Comparison Screen - Comparing two players has never looked better.
- Fair Play - Manage your team well by reducing your amount of bookings and for those teams in the top flight who play fair, extra places will become available in continental competitions.
- Finance Graphs - In one user-friendly overall analysis, tracking your finances is now much easier with finance graphs.
- Height & Weight - Adding to an already impressive database of player's stats, Sports Interactive have now introduced player's heights and weights for the first time.
- Tactic Change Panel - This is an easier way to edit your whole teams individual tactics rather than having to change each player separately.
- Saved Game Compression - Running out of disk space? Saved game compression makes your saved game...smaller!
- New Match Engine Composition - For the first time dugouts now appear in Football Manager 2006. Not only this but technical areas and a small icon when a player has a minor injury all make your management experience more authentic.
- New skins! - Thanks to Kev Radestock (Chameleon) & Gavin Thomson (Cappuccino) from the Sports Interactive community, we are proud to present the 2006 versions of the their hugely popular skins in the box of Football Manager 2006.
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