Preston North End fans may now have a reason to keep an eye on Stade de Reims in France after they appointed William Still as their manager.
Still may not even be a name familiar with many PNE fans but his managerial journey started with North End.
The 30-year-old featured in Belgium’s lower leagues as a player but turned to coaching after falling in love with Football Manager.
Still moved into coaching and took his first step by moving to England to attend Myerscough College and linked up with PNE as an Under-14 coach.
Still admitted to Sport Bible earlier this season that he ‘absolutely loved it’ at PNE.
This was back in the 2011-12 season and having secured his degree, Still moved back to Belgium to continue his path to coaching stardom.
After becoming a video analyst at Sint-Truiden and Standard Liege, things really started to accelerate in 2017.
Still became an assistant coach at Lierse and even served as their caretaker in 2018 before heading to become assistant boss at Beerschot in 2018, becoming their manager in 2021.
Still lost his job at the end of the 2020-21 season but joined Reims as an assistant to Oscar Garcia, only to return to Standard Liege as completing his coaching courses in Belgium just made more sense for him.
Unsurprisingly, Garcia wanted Still back and the Belgian made his return over the summer, but even he couldn’t have really expected this season’s events.
Garcia left his post as Reims boss last month and Still was brought in to serve as caretaker.
To go from Preston North End Under-14’s to managing in Ligue 1 every week is quite the journey and Still has now landed the job until the end of the season.
Still is unbeaten in four games as Reims boss and now has the chance at just 30 to show that he can be the long-term answer for Reims.
This is the stuff of dreams for Still and North End fans will be keeping a close eye on his results in France whilst wishing him all the best in the Reims dugout.