Will Still breaks silence on Sunderland rumours amid positive talk claims

Sunderland manager wanted Will Still has acknowledged recent interest in his services, but his primary priority is still Stade Reims.
Sunderland are looking for a new manager after parting ways with Tony Mowbray. Many potential replacements have been mentioned subsequently, but in the interim, caretaker manager Mike Dodds has led the Black Cats to consecutive Championship victories.

Still, the highly regarded manager of Stade Reims, is one of the most widely linked names. There has been a lot of speculation about the 31-year-old, and it was reported earlier this week that favorable talks had taken place between him and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.

Still, however, has broken his silence on the subject.

Still acknowledged to RMC Sport (via Sport Witness) that he has had interest in his services, despite not identifying Sunderland or any other team. He stated:


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“I knew that at the first chance, people were going to try and change my image or to try and make me pass for a mercenary.

“It made me laugh more than anything. It’s like saying that I would send my CV to Manchester United because Erik ten Hag is under pressure.

“I know that I’m stupid and that I’m not the smartest, but I’m not that stupid. The president has already told me the stories were doing his head in, we laughed about it because I’m very open about all this.

“There is interest, there always has been and if I wanted to go to England, I would have gone before now.”

Still later added:

My phone hasn’t stopped ringing. You [the media] have come up with very, very nice stories, and I can’t deny the fact there was interest in me. I can confirm that. Just like the past, like this summer and these past few weeks. I find that rather flattering without being arrogant or pretentious.”

Still relaxed

While admitting the attention and suspicions about a prospective Sunderland approach, it appears Still is unconcerned about the controversy. He is not unfamiliar with interest in his services, and neither is Stade Reims.

But only time will tell if this comes to anything. The Black Cats are an ambitious club looking for a talented young coach to suit with their special recruitment tactics, and Still is likely to be the top choice of those linked.

His statements appear to reinforce Sunderland’s admiration, although he was not drawn on the likelihood of visiting the Stadium of Light anytime soon.

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