The beta version of Football Manager 2022 was released by Sports Interactive last week and players are already getting gripped by the game.
As we know, some Gas or Robins fans often offering Joey Barton or Nigel Pearson advice on how to line up tactically or who to sign.
And now, thanks to the world of the popular management simulation game, they can take matters into their own hands with an accurate version of the squad, as well as a transfer budget to work from.
How much does Bristol City get to spend?
When you load up the game for your first save, you’ll begin with a relatively small budget of £1 million.
It means you’ll have to get players off the books if you want to start bringing in more players, or perhaps dip into the loan and free transfers market.
If you want to get some free transfers, then your wage budget is £275k, but you’re already spending £274k of that, leaving you with just £1,000, unless you dip into your transfer budget.
All of the above will be based on you securing a top-half finish in the Championship, as well as reaching the fourth round of the FA Cup and the third round of the Carabao Cup.
If you begin to exceed expectations then the virtual John Lansdown will give you the opportunity to increase your budget.
Who are Bristol City’s most valuable players and who costs the most?
It should come as no surprise that highly-rated midfielder Han-Noah Massengo is City’s most valuable player. To prize the Frenchman away from Ashton Gate, a paying club will have to cough up a fee between £10-12m.
Defender Jay Dasilva is second and could earn the club up to £8.8m, should you decide to sell him.
City’s academy in recent years has pocketed the club some big transfer fees with Bobby Decordova-Reid going to rivals Cardiff for almost £10m. You could earn around the same should you let go of Antoine Semenyo, who has a value of up to £8.4m.
They don’t have the highest transfer values, but putting a dent into your wage budget are Nahki Wells, Tomáš Kalas and Kasey Palmer, who all earn above £20k a week.
How much does Bristol Rovers get to spend?
When your appointment is confirmed and you get through the first few steps, you’ll be met with a measly transfer budget of £50,000.
The initial set wage structure is to spend £63,572k a week on players, with only £1,000 available to spend on a new player.
It’s not exactly a figure that you can break the bank with and if you’re taking the reins, you’ll have to move some players out to put your own stamp on things.
Like in real life, the expectation for this season is to return to League One at the first time of asking with winning promotion the objective set by the board on the game.
Given the poor start to the season, it’ll be up to you to get a fine tune out of this squad.
Who are Bristol Rovers’ most valuable players and who costs the most?
Josh Grant, who has been at Rovers since July 2020 comes out on top as the most valuable player. Ranked as the only permanent member of the squad who could earn you a seven-figure sum, he is valued between £1m and £1.5m.
Interestingly, Trevor Clarke, who has made just two senior appearances for Rovers, is second in regards to potential value.
Starting at a start-off value of £40k, you’ll have to maximise him to his best ability to gather a fee of £650k.
In third is fellow summer-signing Anthony Evans, who for his time in the Everton academy, as well as his experience with SC Paderborn, gives you a guide price of £325k to £600k.
Not the most valuable but instead the most expensive, Sam Finley, Zain Westbrooke, Paul Coutts, and Brett Pitman, are all on £2.5k or more a week which takes up a sizable chunk of your wage budget.
What is Football Manager and when is it out?
For those not aware of what Football Manager is, it is a popular game produced by Sports Interactive, having initially started off as Championship Manager.
It is a simulation game which is based mainly on data collated by a series of researchers. The game’s impact has an effect on the real-life world with the database being used by real-life scouts to source potential players.
Currently the game is in ‘beta’ version, which allows players to report any issues before its full release, anyone can purchase the game. The full version will be released on 9 November.