Will Still Will Turn Down English Premier League Managerial Offers To Continue With Stade De Reims
Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola
Highly rated English Ligue 1 manager, Will Still is not considering walking away from Stade de Reims according to reports after a breakout year where the club has seen tremendous transformation under the tactician as he’s ready to turn down managerial offers form English Premier League suitors to continue his love story with France.
The Anglo-Belgian Stade de Reims coach has revealed his desire to continue his project with the Ligue 1 club as he plans to turn down any Premier League job offers to remain the French club manager for at least another season despite the club having to pay £630,000 hefty fines because he doesn’t have his UEFA licence to work as a coach although he’s having a course.
Under Will Still, Reims enjoyed a beautiful 19-match unbeaten run when he first took over but not at a cost in which the club must pay a £21,700 fine per game so he can be in the dug-out for their games.
He has successfully steered them to a mid-table finish this season and he hopes to continue in that good run for at least another season before he can consider an exit with the 30-year-old Anglo-Belgian coach undoubtedly impressed after he stepped up to replace Oscar Garcia as coach of the Ligue 1 club back in October.
L’Equipe report that Still wants to complete a full season coaching in the French top-flight before entertaining the prospect of a Premier League job, despite several English clubs monitoring his situation.
His progress this season, means Reims will also reportedly offer him improved terms as he currently earns €18,500 [£16,075], which is barely more than the permitted minimum salary set out by the French coaches’ union of €17,920 [£15,571].
According to reports, Still wishes to quadruple his salary and he will be backed to sign new players in the transfer market to push on next season.
The contract Still signed when he became Garcia’s assistant runs through until June 2025 but he is set to receive refreshed terms.
He must obtain his UEFA Pro Licence by the end of the year but the fine Reims have been paying will be lifted this summer because he can show one year of continuous presence at his club and has registered for the BEPF which is a professional football coach certificate.
Folarin Balogun who is on loan from Arsenal will leave the club at the end of the current season and return back to his parent club although there are many clubs circling around for his signature with the North London club open to selling him to fund their transfer business for next season.
Stade de Reims president admitted earlier this year that the club doesn’t have the will to keep the USMNT star and will let him go although they are open to another loan offer but the player isn’t willing to go out on another loan, only for a permanent transfer.
For the club, results have tailed off in recent weeks, with Reims suffering five defeats in their last nine matches but given they were expected to be in a relegation battle, the club have seen more than enough to offer a new contract.
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They will conclude their season with a trip to Lyon this Saturday, followed by a home game with Montpellier on the final day to end the season but they will be disappointed in themselves for not making a top 7 finish which would have guaranteed them European football for next season.
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