Bromley football club is blurring the lines between simulation and the real world, as it exclusively offers a position for Football Manager fans.
Football Manager is supposed to be just a fun simulator of the real world – where you create your tactic, look for the best players, and try not to get sacked – but one football club is now actively recruiting for a role based on how good you are at the game.
Bromley FC posted a video on Twitter, where its manager, Andy Woodman, welcomed all virtual football managers to consider applying, saying, ‘It could be you.’
The successful candidate will become a full-time Support Performance Tactician, working closely with the manager ‘to assess, evaluate and review the first team, unit, and individual player performances and provide performance analysis.’
And it’s surprisingly easy to be eligible for the role, as all you have to do is get the ‘Championes’ achievement when winning any domestic league (on Xbox or PC using your Xbox Gamertag), and send in a one minute video explaining why you’re right for the job by December 4.
The job advert states: ‘ No CV or experience required. This is a backdoor to the backroom for someone who wants to explore a career at a professional club. We want a Football Manager expert.’
Considering Football Manager’s huge fanbase and the easy application process, Bromley will have their hands full combing through them all. But it’s also likely they’ll find some good suitors, as hardcore players take the game and its tactics very seriously, often managing clubs for decades in the game.
Although there have been some stories of fans using Football Manager to land jobs in the industry before, we can’t ever remember a club exclusively asking for it to be to only way to prove a candidate’s initial worth.
However, the job, which is offered as a fixed-term from January to May 2024, with £13.15 hourly pay pro rata, sounds a bit like a marketing scheme, as it’s sponsored by Xbox which includes Football Manager 2024 on its Game Pass subscription service.
Unsurprisingly, the job search got the thumbs up from Football Manager boss, Miles Jacobson, who told Bromley:
‘Football fans are full of opinions on how their team can do better on the pitch – now with the help of Xbox and Bromley F.C. we can finally find out if their theories are right and follow the journey of ‘The Everyday Tactician’. I expect there might be a bit more to it than even we at Football Manager anticipate.’
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