French Ligue 1 Stade de Reims manager Will Steele is drawing attention.
Reims, led by Steele, won a dramatic 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the 20th round of the 2022-2023 French Ligue 1 held at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France on the 30th (Korean time). Reims recorded undefeated (6 wins, 6 draws) in 12 matches in all competitions under the steel manager system. Currently, they are in 11th place in the league with 5 wins, 11 draws and 4 losses, and 26 points.
After Reims’ draw with PSG, France’s RMC Sport drew attention to manager Steele with an article titled “Football manager, rough words and fines. Who is Will Steele causing a sensation in Ligue 1?”
Born in 1992, Steele is only 30 years old. He leads the French first division team at the same age as Neymar Junior and Son Heung-min. Born in Belgium to English parents, Steele dreamed of becoming a footballer. However, since he joined Belgian 4th division club Tempo Overraiser, he has not made it as a player and would rather become a manager than play for himself. 먹튀검증
He started his career as Preston North County (England) U-14 head coach in 2011, then worked as a video analyst. In 2017, he served as head coach at Belgian Liresser SK, then briefly acted as manager. Consistently recognized for his career, in 2019 he became a full-time manager at Beershod AC in Belgium. At the age of 28, he was the youngest manager in the history of the Belgian Jupiler League.
Steele has been passionate about the game ‘Football Manager (FM)’ since he was a teenager. He stayed up all night playing this game, led by a team manager, and his parents even forbade it.
However, the experience of playing soccer passionately led him to develop his dream as a leader, and he eventually took charge of a large club called Reims and led it to 12 games undefeated. Steele joined Reims as an assistant coach, but was appointed full-time manager after former coach Oscar Garcia was sacked in October last year.
The problem is that Steele does not have the UEFA P-level license required to coach professional teams in Europe. For this reason, Reims faces a fine of 25,000 euros (approximately 33.34 million won) for each game. When asked if the fine would be deducted from his salary, according to Britain’s Daily Mail, Steele laughed and replied, “It’s already been negotiated.”