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24.09.2019 - Picking a Premier League team to manage on Football Manager is always a difficult decision, especially if you want to create a game where you build a dynasty.
Long tenures are always the most enjoyable to delve into, spending endless hours on tactics, team selection and most importantly buying players. It’s these fine details that allow you to bore your friends and family with details of your success and failures and for you not to care when they roll their eyes.

For the last two years, the consensus will have been to select Manchester City because of their riches and their incredible squad. However, the club does have massive expectations that will have to be met to keep your position in the long term. Also, it’s not a hard job to lure players to City, and you do not need to make drastic changes to the team to compete for honours on four fronts. The same could be said for Liverpool, so where do you have to turn?


The Blues have been perennial contenders at the top of the Premier League since their takeover by Roman Abramovich. There has been a revolving door in the dugout during the Russian’s tenure at Stamford Bridge, and no manager – even Jose Mourinho – has been able to enjoy a dynastic era at the club despite Premier League title wins. Maurizio Sarri lasted only one season, while Frank Lampard is already under pressure.

Chelsea remain one of the leading contenders in the betting tips to qualify for the Champions League, although their transfer embargo has made life difficult this term. Taking the reins at the Blues may not seem as appealing as it was in the past and Lampard can probably attest.

However, the challenge is an intriguing one and there is enough young talent in the squad for potential greatness. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic all have excellent pedigree and will only improve in the future. The building blocks are in place and would only need a couple of signings in the defence to become a dominant force once again.

Aston Villa

This one is slightly more left field, but given the size of the club there is undoubted potential. At the peak of their powers in the early 1980s, Villa won the European Cup and the First Division crown. Their fanbase remained loyal during their exile from the Premier League and there is a backing of 40,000 inside Villa Park every other week. Any manager would love to take his place in the dugout, although there have been more than a few in recent years.
Villa have an impressive array of talent in their squad and would be a great team to take over, especially given the fact there is plenty of financial backing in place. Tyrone Mings, Jack Grealish and John McGinn form an impressive spine to the team, leaving little work to do to fill out the flanks. The top-end potential of those three players is Champions League standard. It would be an enjoyable ride to be the one to take Villa back to their glory days, winning league and European crowns once again.