PlayTM writes: "Another football season, another Football Manager. This year Sports Interactive have the added accolade of the recent data-sharing deal with Everton Football Club, showing that the game has the approval of the professionals. Rumour has it the Toffees will use information from the game for recruiting purposes. Make of that what you will, but there's no denying the size of the database - the number of individuals included is comparable to the population of Malta.
I must admit, it has been a while since I last immersed myself in the world of virtual football management; a brief spell on the Football Manager Live beta was my last effort. Given my lack of match practice, was I really ready to tackle the latest incarnation of Sports Interactive's tactical behemoth? I made myself a strong coffee before fetching my copy of A Beginners Guide to Excel, and inserted the game disc."