Cleon Hobson, Son of Claire and Leon. Well, I hope so because where else did they make up such a weird name? 

Cleon has been a mainstay of the Football Manager community for what feels like forever. I remember coming across him around 2004 on the SI forums when I was a young lad and he was in his 50s then, wait… Famous Yorkshire personality talking to younger people we’ve been here before.

All joking aside Cleon has been a knowledgeable base for many in the FM community discussing tactics and the workings of the game. What I like about his content is he tries to teach rather than preach, through his content plenty have learnt how to think about their own tactics and what to think when building them. This shone through in his book “The Playbook part 1”

Cleon stopped writing for a few years and the community was worse off for it so I’m very happy he’s agreed to join myself and DrOtterman with this new website and already we’re seeing people benefit from his book and interactions again. 

He’s got plenty of ideas for content leading up to and into FM23 and I’m excited that we get to share it with you all.

Join Cleon, DrOtterman and me on our discord

Thanks for reading.


  • Daniel Gear

    Dan Gear is a vibrant member of the Football Manager (FM) community, renowned for his engaging content and insightful tutorials. He illuminates complex FM concepts on "View From The Touchline" and shares engaging narratives through his unique European Journeyman save reveals. Dan's collaborative spirit shines in partnerships with fellow creators like FM Stag, unraveling new FM features. He's a co-host of the engaging "Grass N Gear" podcast, making the FM experience more enjoyable for many. With a blend of humor, expertise, and a knack for community engagement, Dan Gear's contributions significantly enrich the Football Manager community, making him a cherished figure among enthusiasts.

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