William Still is a name you may not associate with Preston North End, but it was with the Lilywhites’ academy where the current Reims manager began his coaching career. Ex-Preston North End coach is now managing in France’s Ligue 1. While studying at Myerscough College having been inspired by the popular video game Football Manager.
Ex-Preston North End coach now managing in France’s Ligue 1
Still learned his trade and joined PNE’s youth setup. It was during the 2011/12 season when a 20-year-old Still helped coach North End’s under-14 side as part of an internship.
“My first coaching experience was with the Preston North End academy,” Still told Coaches’ Voice in a recent interview. “Being involved in that was fantastic. I’d done some coaching before, with my brother back in Belgium, but nothing at this level. “These kids are actually good!” I thought. After that, I knew that coaching was what I wanted to do.”
He added: “I’m young and I’m no one,” I’d say. “But I’ve got experience at Preston, and I’ve got expertise from college. Can I, in any way, shape or form, be of any help?” Still was born to British parents in Belgium and moved back to his home country in 2014, taking up video assistant and assistant manager roles, before eventually landing a caretaker position.