New Era at Lens: Newly Appointed Head Coach Takes the Helm After Departing Reims

Will Still, the English football strategist, has now taken the helm at Ligue 1’s Lens, having vacated his position at Reims.

This 31-year-old inked an agreement, ensuring his stay at Stade Bollaert-Delelis until 2027. He steps in for Franck Haise, who recently made the jump to Nice.

Born in Belgium, Still was crowned the most youthful coach across Europe’s elite leagues upon his October 2022 enlistment with Les rouges et blancs. He initially joined as deputy to ex-leader Oscar Garcia.

Following Garcia’s exit, Still was thrust into the role of caretaker. He navigated the squad through a sterling five-match no-loss streak, securing his position for the season’s duration.

His early days were stellar, emulating only Tito Vilanova’s unbeaten beginning with Barcelona in 2012-13, by staying undefeated in his initial 17 appearances.

The French outfit, nonetheless, forked out £22,000 per match, due to Still’s lack of a UEFA Pro Licence.

Exiting Reims by mutual agreement, he left with just two matches left in the 2023-24 season, boasting a 37.29% win record over 59 games.

“We are thrilled to welcome Will Still,” declared Pierre Dreossi, Lens’ sports director. “His impact at Reims was significant, making him our preferred candidate. He’s a skilled tactician with a relentless pursuit of victory.”

Before sealing the deal with Lens, Still was rumored for a possible shift to England, with Sunderland of the Championship being a potential suitor.

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