On the 29th of January 2023, a star-studded PSG team consisting of players like Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe, failed to defeat a mid-cap contingent in the outfit of Reims. This was the club’s second game against the Parisians this season, and the French outfit from the north of the country successfully denied the European giants a win on both occasions.
In the wake of this draw in the illustrious Parc Des Princes, much media attention was given to the club. The attention’s focal point was Reims’ head coach, 30-year-old Will Still.
English coach Will Still has had a remarkable impact at Stade de Reims since signing on as caretaker coach when Oscar Garcia was shown the door. With top scorer Folarin Balogun shining in Still’s counter-attacking set-up, the club are experiencing their best form in years.
Stade de Reims’ post-game huddle and debrief is becoming a regular feature in their Ligue 1 Uber Eats outings. Symbolic of the solidity, the unity that the Champagne club has found under Will Still, we are now ten huddles deep.
Still was covered heavily in the news for becoming the youngest top-flight manager in Belgium and also became quite popular when he filled in during the absence of Oscar Garcia in a match against PSG last season, which is also known as Messi’s debut game for Les Parisiens.
Not many know much about the 30-year-old Still, and FootTheBall go through a detailed breakdown on his short and brilliant career so far.
Who is Will Still?
Incredibly, Still cut his teeth in the game by playing Football Manager for years. He would spend many hours sat in front of his computer, alongside brother Ed, who is also a head coach in the Belgium top flight, learning about tactics. Still is studying for his UEFA Pro Licence – which is what is needed to take control of a Ligue 1 team. That means Reims have to take a £22,000-per-game hit every time they play.
While he may not boast the glittering playing career of his predecessor Garcia, Still has proven an excellent man-manager and motivator. Holding Paris Saint-Germain to a goalless draw in their first game under Still no doubt helped Reims’ players believe in their new coach’s…..