Sunderland may now be on the hunt for a manager to replace Michael Beale, but we must now recall something that happened before his arrival at the club.

Back in December, when trying to replace Tony Mowbray, the Black Cats had a number of candidates for the job, and Will Still was one of them.

It turns out that because Still is once again linked with a move out of Stade Reims after a lengthy interview in the English media, his attempt to move to Sunderland is now recalled by Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna.

The reporter points out that even though the manager tried to publicly hide the meeting he had with the Black Cats at the time, the journalist insists it ‘really took place’.

Still is said to be focused on finding a new job, with his agent working hard to get that done, contacting a number of English clubs, which isn’t something the French media are overly happy with as they feel it’s a bit of a slap in the face to his current club who have wholeheartedly backed him on and off the pitch.

The manager still has a contract with Reims running until 2025, but that doesn’t sound like a problem for him.

It now remains to be seen whether Sunderland would be interested in him again, with them needing to pay around €5m to get him this summer.