Will Still made the jump from Football Manager to Preston to Ligue 1. Still decided to take up coaching after playing computer games as a teenager and he is now excelling with Reims in Ligue 1. Stade de Reims’ defeat to Marseille on the season’s opening day is looking increasingly far away, not just because of the World Cup break. Reims’ 3-1 win over Rennes on Thursday night was their eighth match in a row without defeat, coinciding with Will Still’s installation as their manager.
Will Still made jump from Football Manager to Preston to Ligue 1
Some of the games in that run have been against the league’s lesser lights and Reims were not majorly disrupted by the World Cup, with only Junya playing in Qatar but the evidence of the young manager’s positive influence continues apace. This was always likely to be a challenging season for Reims, with the club’s recent signings being instead hit or miss. It has hit the ground running, but players such as Valon Berisha, Anastasios Donis, and Kaj Sierhuis have been expensive missteps. The club’s academy has produced decent talent, including Hugo Ekitiké, Axel Disasi, and Alexis Flips. Still, a mass exodus in the summer looked to have severely weakened their chances of extending their stay in Ligue 1.