Giles Stille

Giles Kevin Stille (born 10 November 1958) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for Brighton & Hove Albion.[1] He went on to coach and manage in Sweden.[3] He is the current manager of Swedish Division 1 side Assyriska.

Giles Stille
Personal information
Full name Giles Kevin Stille[1]
Date of birth (1958-11-10) 10 November 1958 (age 63)[1]
Place of birth Westminster, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Assyriska (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
197?–1979 Kingstonian
1979–1984 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 (4)
1985–1987 Tegs
1987 Sandåkerns
1988 Umeå
1989–1990 Forward
1991–1992 Umeå
Teams managed
1998–1999 Jönköpings Södra
2007 Östers
2013 Linköping City
2014 Husqvarna
2015 Linköping City
2019 Zhejiang Yiteng
2021– Assyriska IK
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Life and careerEdit

Stille was born in 1958 in Westminster.[1] He attended Epsom College, a rugby-playing school, and took a degree in social history at Westfield College while playing football part-time for Kingstonian. He joined Brighton & Hove Albion in 1979, and turned professional after he graduated. He was never a first-team regular,[2] and his career was blighted by a diagnosis of diabetes and a series of injuries including a chronic back problem.[4] He remained with the club until 1984, contributing 4 goals from 29 appearances, and then returned to Kingstonian and worked as a mortgage broker.[2] He played for Tegs SK in the Swedish lower divisions, and spent two English seasons with Crawley Town before returning to Sweden on a permanent basis to play and coach.[2]

Under Stille's management, IK Tord won the 1995 Division 3 (fourth-tier) title,[4] and he led Jönköpings Södra to two consecutive titles in 1998 and 1999.[5] After three seasons with Husqvarna FF, he was appointed assistant manager of Superettan club Kalmar FF. The team won the 2003 Superettan title, and with it promotion to the Allsvenskan, and he stayed at the club for two seasons in the top flight.[4][6] He returned to Husqvarna in 2006, and in January 2007, signed a three-year contract as manager of Superettan club Östers IF.[7] Instead of challenging for the title as expected, Östers were heading for relegation when Stille was sacked in mid-September.[8] Stille returned to Kalmar in 2009 and left in 2012. The club were looking for an assistant who was prepared to live in Kalmar; Stille's family were settled in Huskvarna.[9]

After working in China, Stille returned to Sweden to take charge of Division 1 side Assyriska.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "Giles Stille". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Carder, Tim; Harris, Roger (1997). Albion A–Z: A Who's Who of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Hove: Goldstone Books. pp. 233–234. ISBN 978-0-9521337-1-1.
  3. ^ "Ledare – Giles Stille" [Staff – Giles Stille] (in Swedish). Kalmar FF. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Albion old boy on a high in Sweden". The Argus. Brighton. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Tränarna" [Managers]. Sö (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Kalmar FF förlänger med Giles Stille" [Kalmar FF extension for Giles Stille] (in Swedish). Kalmar FF. 30 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Giles Stille lämnar HFF för Öster" [Giles Stille leaves HFF for Öster] (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Hemskt att se" [Awful to see]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Stockholm. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Giles Stille" (in Swedish). Kalmar FF. 22 November 2012. Archived from the original on 1 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Officiellt: Giles Stille tar över Assyriska IK". (in Swedish). 7 January 2021. Retrieved 14 January 2021.