Stade De Reims manager Will Still has been all over social media in recent weeks after his fascinating story has come to light. The 30 year old is the youngest manager in Europe's top 5 leagues, and has impressed a lot of football fans with his ability to speak English and French fluently as well as Dutch.
One of the most interesting aspects of Still’s story is that a lot of people can relate to him. This is because the Reims manager said that he grew up playing the popular game Football Manager, which helped him make the decision to begin coaching as a teenager.
The Belgian born Englishman had spent the last few years working as an assistant manager in the Belgian lower divisions before joining Reims as the assistant to Oscar Garcia. Garcia was sacked in October, and after 5 games unbeaten as caretaker, Will Still was appointed manager until the end of the season. Reims are still yet to lose under Still as manager after 13 games, including 2 draws against PSG.
In a recent interview, Still told TalkSport about his aspirations of managing in the Premier League one day, and when asked what club he would like to manage, he said West Ham, due to him being a big West Ham fan his whole life.
Not only would it be a big gamble for West Ham to hire an inexperienced manager such as Will Still, it could also be an expensive move. Due to Still not having his UEFA Pro Licence yet, Reims have to pay £22,000 every time he takes charge of a game.
Despite this, it could still be a good move for the Hammers, who could look to move on from current manager David Moyes after a disappointing season so far. West Ham currently sit dangerously close to the relegation zone with half the season left to play.