Will Still ‘plans to turn down any Premier League job offers’ to remain Reims manager for at least another season… despite the French club paying £630,000 worth of fines because he doesn’t have his UEFA licence!
- Anglo-Belgian coach was promoted into the top job at Reims back in October
- Ligue 1 club must pay a £21,700 fine per game so Still can be in their dug-out
- Reims embarked on a 19-match unbeaten run when Still first took over
Will Still plans to turn down any new job offers this summer to remain at Stade de Reims – and will be rewarded with a pay increase.
The 30-year-old Anglo-Belgian coach has thoroughly impressed after he stepped up to replace Oscar Garcia as coach of the Ligue 1 club back in October.
Although Reims must pay a €25,000 [£21,730] fine for every match Still takes charge of because he doesn’t have his UEFA Pro Licence yet, he has successfully steered them to a mid-table finish.
The total amount of fines paid so far stands at €725,000 [£630,000].
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.
Will Still has thoroughly impressed since taking over as coach of Reims back in October
Reims are set to finish comfortably mid-table in Ligue 1 despite fears they’d be relegated
His progress this season, which included a 19-game unbeaten league run shortly after taking over, means Reims will also reportedly offer him improved terms.
Still 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 [professional football coach’s certificate].
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.
They will conclude their season with a trip to Lyon this Saturday, followed by a home game with Montpellier on the final day.
Reports in France say Still, 30, is happy at Reims and will reject any job offers this summer
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