The coach is a very important figure in Hattrick, responsible for training and managing your team during a game. Coach uses his particular skill set to inspire players both on and off the field and can play in games too. While all new teams get initial coaches who are of equal skill level (passable), over time you will need to replace your coach.
Abilities of a coach
The first ability of a talented coach with a high training skill knows the right methods of training, allowing young players to improve their abilities faster and more effectively. The skill can never be rated higher than excellent.
|This is an extract from the Hattrick rules, Chapter 7 (Coach abilities)|
|The more talented your coach is, the more effective training will be. A coach can never be better than excellent. All new teams get a passable coach to start with.|
Comparing to 100% of a Solid one, the efficiency of a coach is:
COACH EFFICIENCY Excellent 105.30% Solid 100% Passable 90.90% Inadequate 83.30% Weak 76.90% Poor 71.40%
The other ability of a coach is leadership. It affects how quickly team spirit changes: if the team spirit is low, a coach with good leadership will increase the rate of regrowth, and if the team spirit is high he will decrease the level of deterioration.
The coach leadership level may significantly affect the optimal strategy when choosing team attitude. While the immediate effect of all choices is the same no matter leadership level, a good leader will help you reap the benefit of playing it cool in the coming games, and he will help you get over the disadvantage that your team gets from playing match of the season.
Thus, if your coach has bad leadership, playing it cool or playing match of the season are generally less attractive choices, however, with a good leader a team can greatly benefit from playing it cool in the major part of its games.
|This is an extract from the Hattrick rules, Chapter 7 (Ability deterioration)|
|After your coach has been in your club for one season, his leadership skill will start to slowly deteriorate. Once your coach reaches disastrous leadership, the deterioration starts hitting his trainer skill instead.|
Your coach's leadership and training skill will slowly begin to deteriorate over time. This will not begin until after your coach's first season has ended. The reasoning for this is that a coach is bustling with energy and inspiration when he first arrives, but loses some of his edge and enthusiasm over time.
This deterioration is very slow. It effects the leadership level first, and finally training skill. Though it can take up to ten seasons to complete this progression, you will want another coach well before then.
A coach with Solid leadership will drop his LS to Passable:
- in 112-150 days if he’s low Solid LS
- in 150-224 days if he’s medium Solid LS
- in 224-385 days if he’s high Solid LS
Lastly, here are three different types of coach: "neutral", "offensive" or "defensive". This affects the teams' performance (and only performance) during the game.
- Neutral Coach -- no preference, boost a team's attack and defense ratings equally and he doesn’t have a specific influence on your ratings.
- Offensive Coach -- attacking nature, boosts a team's attack ratings and stimulate a team to play more offensively. Compared to the neutral coach, the offensive one offers a boost of 8% to your attack ratings but with a penalty of 11% to the defence ratings.
- Defensive Coach -- defensive nature, boost a team's defence ratings. Compared to the neutral coach, the defensive one offers a boost of 14% to your defence ratings but with a penalty of 8% to your attack ratings. It is slightly more effective than offensive coaches, in part due to an increase in the boost to defence that was implemented with Hattrick 6.5.
The type of coach that is best for your team will largely depend on your training type. for more information see coach tactics.
All new coaches of a certain skill level are equal. When someone purchases a coach with passable skill, he is always "average passable". No new coach begins with "high passable" or "low passable".
However, the increase in the coach's performance between levels is, like with regular player skills, non-linear. This means that the gap between a solid coach and an excellent coach is smaller than the gap between a passable coach and a solid coach in terms of the effect of the training. So a high-level coach might not always be the best solution for you.
Changing the coach
If your coach disappoints you, you can always get a new one. When you hire a new coach, he becomes the coach of your squad and the old coach steps down and becomes a player. You can then fire him, as no former coach can become a coach again and you cannot trade a former coach (This is technically not true, as a coach can work for other teams in future, but only after he is fired for your team).
First, decide how good you want your coach to be in training skill and leadership, as well as want type of tactics (attack, defence, neutral) you want your coach to use.
To be able to convert a player into a coach you need 2 conditions that require some foresight:
- * To prevent daytrading of coaches-to-be, a player must be on your squad for 16 weeks to be promoted to coach (so the player has to have been on the team for a minimum of 1 season).
- * you need to have enought money the week before the week you decide to convert the player.
A new coach should have both leadership and training skill. However, the balance will depend on how you want to run your team:
- If you plan to train players over time, you want high training skill with low leadership.
- If you plan to day-trade for good players, you want high leadership with low training skill.
There are two different ways to go: recruit from outside or from inside the team.
External recruiting means that you hire a new coach from outside your team.
With external coaches, each combination of leadership/trainer skill has a fixed price. You sign your coach and he appears in your roster from an unseen pool of unemployed coaches. These are the prices:
|Training Skill level of future coach|
Internal Promotion can be less expensive than external recruiting, if you have a player with the right coaching material.
There are a few restrictions:
- A player's experience determines how good a coach he can become.
- The more experienced a player is, the lower his price for a specific skill level.
Players keep their leadership abilities (already known to you) and you do not pay for their leadership - so, if you have a very experienced player with high leadership, this can be a real bargain. Converting a player to coach:
|Training Skill level of future coach|
- Coach recruiting prices: