On February 19th, Sunderland sacked Michael Beale, eight weeks after appointing him as their new manager.

Prior to his arrival, the Black Cats looked at other candidates, including Stade de Reims’ Will Still. Two months ago, the manager revealed that Sunderland had shown “concrete interest” in him.

The 31-year-old is linked to Sunderland again, due to Beale’s sacking and after he said he quite fancies a move to England.

L’Equipe point out the firm interest shown by Sunderland last December. They add that Still’s future is back in the news again, because of his recent interview and the rumours of the English club rekindling their interest.

It’s said the Ligue 1 side’s leaders are trying to ‘calm things down’ with the Sunderland linked manager’s future. Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot has now responded to Still admitting his desire to manage in England.

“When you are young, it’s not illogical to talk about the future. To say that he’s ambitious and imagines himself coaching a club in England is just an honest message. Afterwards, his message must not be distorted or misunderstood, that’s what he must be vigilant about,” he said, as quoted by L’Equipe.

Sunderland have appointed Mike Dodds as the interim manager until the end of the season, meaning they have sufficient time to appoint Beale’s permanent successor.

Earlier this week, WP SportoweFakty stated Polish coach Marek Papszun, who’s currently without a club, is open to managing the Championship side.