For me this started in the same way that so many theories on football tactics do..with chess. I’m a huge chess fan and I find the differing strategies within the game completely fascinating. When I play I tend to favour a more measured game building slowly and probing my opponents defences across the board as opposed to choosing a single file to focus my attack on. I guess that in this sense I’m more Arsenal than Borussia Dortmund, strange given my preference for heavy metal over the orchestra.

This may seem a strange preamble to the start of an article on tactics within Football Manager 2014 but bear with me. When I’m building an attack in chess there are a variety of tactics within the overarching strategies that I use. They all tend to revolve around a single piece that I choose to build my attack around this piece is not necessarily always my strongest piece and its range can vary from game to game. At times I choose to use a bishop or rook to sit relatively deep and cover my pieces as they attack, at other times I use a knight or even a rank of pawns to connect my attack in a higher position…wherein we can turn our attention (at last) to football manager.