Aged simply 30, Will Still is the youngest coach in Europe’s pinnacle leagues and enjoying a tremendous begin in rate of Reims – the membership with the longest unbeaten run in Ligue 1 at gift.
Born in Belgium to English dad and mom, Still got his first education revel in with Preston’s academy before he changed into named intervening time train of Belgian 2nd-tier side Lierse at 24.
Four years later he became appointed through Beerschot, becoming the youngest-ever instruct in Belgium’s Pro League. Reims soon came calling, and after in brief going home, he returned to Champagne us of a for a second spell as an assistant this season.
In October he took over from Oscar Garcia, who became initially lower back in Spain for private motives before being sacked, with Still promoted to the pinnacle task on a permanent foundation all through the World Cup.
“If a person had informed me I’d be the head teach of a Ligue 1 side at 30, I’d have instructed them to punch me inside the face,” Still recently informed the Coaches’ Voice website.But for Still, whose ardour for coaching emanates in component from hours spent playing the cult online game Football Manager, fantasy gave way to truth when his first sport in rate came against Paris Saint-Germain.
“The idea that, at 30, I’d be dealing with a group against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Ramos and Marco Verratti, and in the competition dugout to Christophe Galtier, changed into equally mad.
“I’d by no means taken into consideration that Football Manager had had an influence on my actual-lifestyles career, however considering it now, it actually did,” he delivered.
“I were given fixated on it as a kid, and gambling the sport possibly ignited the hearth in me that I actually have now as a train on the touchline.”
Still confirmed he turned into no longer in over his head as Reims held PSG to a 0-0 draw, simply one of video games in which the French champions have did not rating this time period.Reims are unbeaten in 11 games in Ligue 1 – all but one of those underneath Still, whose elder brother, Edward, is teach of Eupen in Belgium’s top tier. Younger brother Nicolas is his assistant there.
On Sunday he gets the risk to pit his wits against PSG for the second time, with Lionel Messi – who neglected the reverse fixture – predicted to feature after being rested for the 7-0 win over sixth-tier US Pays de Cassel inside the French Cup.
Neymar came off the bench inside the October stalemate, however with Lens able to move level with PSG on the top with victory at Troyes on Saturday and Marseille additionally ultimate in, PSG will possibly be at full power at the Parc des Princes.
The Nigerian has attracted hobby from some of clubs this month after his sturdy form in front of goal for Lorient, who made a flying start but have gained simply considered one of their past nine games.
The 23-year-vintage is at the centre of a tug of battle between Marseille and Nice. Moffi’s reported desire is a move to Nice but Marseille remain hopeful of luring him to the Velodrome.
Lorient have already offered Dango Ouattara to Bournemouth and are lining up Marseille’s Bamba Dieng as a capacity replacement for Moffi, whose 12 desires placed him one in the back of Mbappe in Ligue 1.
Zero – domestic video games gained by way of Strasbourg this season. They picked up 38 factors at La Meinau en path to finishing sixth remaining term, however now discover themselves above the drop sector most effective on purpose distinction.
Eleven – Angers have misplaced 11 successive Ligue 1 video games. Another defeat at Brest on Sunday could see them equal the record for most consecutives losses inside the French pinnacle flight.
31 – PSG are unbeaten of their past 31 league games at home, a run going back to the 1-zero defeat by means of Lille in April 2021.