Will Still arrives at RC Lens

Mercato: Lens announce Will Still as coach

Mercato: Lens announce Will Still as coach

Publish on 06/10 at 13:30 - E. DEVIN


Racing Club de Lens have announced former Stade de Reims manager Will Still as their new head coach

Just days after announcing the departure of Franck Haise, who left the club to join OGC Nice, Racing Club de Lens have announced his replacement on the bench. Former Stade de Reims manager Will Still has been appointed by the northern side, who finished seventh last season, following his departure from the Champagne club last month. Born in Belgium to British parents, Still grew up speaking French and Dutch, and his appetite for both language was eclipsed only by his desire to succeed in the world of football.

After spells at the academies of Sint-Truiden and Mons, he played amateur football for a handful of clubs in Belgium, before eventually deciding to take up management at the age of 17. Working first at British side Preston North End, coaching their U-14s, he returned to Belgium where he worked at both his former club, Sint-Truiden, as well as with Standard Liege, helping the club to the Belgian Cup while working as a video analyst. A spell as an assistant at Lierse followed, and he was even given the reins of the first team temporarily at the age of just 27 before being forced to resign as he lacked the necessary licenses.  



Following financial issues at Lierse, he joined Beerschot, helping the Antwerp-based club avoid relegation before being dismissed in 2021. He then found his way to Reims, where he worked as an assistant to Oscar Garcia before taking the reins of the team himself in October of 2022. Pulling the team comfortably away from the bottom four, he helped Reims reel off a record-setting 18-match unbeaten run, eventually finishing eleventh. He had his side on track to repeat that record in Ligue 1 Uber Eats this season, before being dismissed early last month.

Now, with Lens, he joins an ambitious side who will be looking to return to the UEFA Champions League this season. Known for his commitment to attacking football, he will look to help Le Sang et Or improve upon their league finish as well as progress in Europe. After signing his club's new manager to a contract through 2027, Director Pierre Dréossi was effusive about Still's qualities and potential. "We welcome Will Still's arrival at Racing. Will was our top priority for coaching and starting a new cycle at the club. Will is not only a promising coach who has set impressive records, he is a winning-obsessed and unifying figure."

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