French club Stade de Reims’ amazing undefeated streak is over, but the evaluation of manager William Steele (30) is soaring high.
Coach Steele took over the baton from coach Oscar Garcia, who was sacked in October last year, and wrote a ‘fairy tale story’ that lifted the team from the relegation zone to the upper middle.
At the time when Coach Steele, who was the head coach of Reims, took the baton, the team, which was in 15th place in the relegation zone with only 8 points in 10 Ligue 1 games in the 2022-2023 season, continued undefeated in 19 consecutive games under Coach Steele, and currently ranked 9th in the 28th round. ranked above. Remaining has already been confirmed.
Reims scored 37 points in 19 games, second only to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the league leader. It was a race to the extent of competing for the league championship. The Ligue 1 website commented that Reims was the best pace since the days when they dominated the French stage in the 1950s.
What is surprising is that the manager who led this sensation was a young command tower born in 1992, the same age as Son Heung-min (Tottenham). The news that a leader who has not yet completed professional qualifications has hit Ligue 1, one of Europe’s five major leagues, and the European soccer world have been very excited about what could only happen in a game. 토토사이트
Steele, an English-Belgian, said in an interview with Ligue 1, “I was a very normal kid who played FIFA and Football Manager for hours. If I couldn’t play soccer, I wanted to do something related to soccer.”
Steele has never played as a player at the professional level. He started coaching at the age of 17 under the influence of a football manager. He studied at Meyers Court College to become a leader. “What people often forget is that I started working as a video analyst when I was 21 and spent eight or nine seasons with pro teams. I’m still young, but I have a couple of years of experience,” he said.
Coach Steele gained experience in the Belgian lower leagues. Then, in 2021, at the age of 28, he made a name for himself by directing Bey Le Schot in the Belgian League. Since then he has been head coach of Standard Liège and Reims.
After taking the lead in Reims, the difficulty level was the highest from his first gate. He called Paris Saint-Germain, the league’s strongest player, home to Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi. “As soon as I took over, the club demanded, ‘We need to get out of the relegation zone,'” Steele said. We fought with such momentum,” he said.
After that, amazing things happened. Thanks to the performances of ‘Arsenal loanee’ Paularin Balogan and goalkeeper Yehvan Diouf, who scored 17 goals, they ran without knowing defeat for more than four months.
Reims had to pay a fine of £22,000 for every match because they appointed an ‘unqualified manager’. Even this was brushed off in the middle of this month. “It is purely false that I do not have a coaching license and that I took up the coaching position while playing the game. I obtained a degree in college,” he said. said you don’t have to.
Reims’ undefeated streak ended in a home game against Marseille on the 20th. In the 13th minute of the first half, Balogan scored the first goal, but then Alexis Sanchez conceded a goal. “I wonder how far we can go,” Steele said.
Steele, a West Ham fan, said former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was his biggest inspiration. He also said that in the future he would like to take charge of the Premier League.