All regular players of Football Manager will have the success story of guiding a team from the lower divisions of the country up to the top flight and further.
For the last few seasons in France, thousands of supporters have had the opportunity to do so as part of an online community. The only difference with this is you can’t save the game before you play it and re-play it afterwards if the result doesn’t go your way.
That’s because French sixth division side Avant Garde Caennaise have been playing Football Manager in real life, with supporters able to vote during each game on what decisions the manager, Julien Le Pen, has to make.
It’s one of the most bizarre stories in football, with tactics, formations, substitutions and more all being decided by thousands of virtual managers, who vote on proposed options to essentially make the manager’s decision for him.
Known as ‘Umans’, the supporters make decisions via the United Managers’ app which began working with AG Caen back in 2017. Last season the club won promotion, showing that there could well be method to the madness of the idea.