Football Manager newbies like myself will want to read through Marc Vaughan’s Football Manager 2006 guide. It contains all of the info you’ll need to get up and running in the wonderful Football Manager universe. The guide helps football (soccer) newbies understand the transaction system and league structures, along with day to day things like setting up the game, etc. The Front Office Football Central Forum has mirror links that work better than those at SIGames.
Highly recommended if you want to try the best text game currently on the market.