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Reims manager Will Still has refuted French media claims of self-promotion for the Sunderland coaching job, expressing frustration over the misrepresentation and addressing new links to Swansea City.
Reims manager Will Still has stated that some elements of the rumors linking him to Sunderland earlier this month were 'made up.' The 31-year-old was strongly linked to the vacant head coach position following Tony Mowbray's dismissal. However, Still remained in France, and the Black Cats appointed former Rangers and QPR boss Michael Beale instead.
Still has expressed displeasure with some of the stories in the French media, which claimed he had approached Sunderland for the job. He is now being linked with a position at Swansea City. "I don’t know which French-language newspaper fabricated that story, but it certainly damaged my reputation," he told Gazete van Antwerpen.
"Now I realize how journalists can make or break you. The story was also quickly picked up in England. Suddenly, I was in all the tabloids. Everyone thought I had offered myself to Sunderland. That made me seem dishonest and untrustworthy. But I would never proactively offer myself to another club."
"I’m not that type of person. I have too much respect for the people I work with to do that. It’s regrettable that the story was exaggerated so much. I didn’t even know about the clause (allowing me to leave for €5m) in my contract until last week. Maybe that’s why Sunderland put some pressure on certain media outlets. Was it an attempt to get me to leave for free? I don’t know.
"I’m not interested in it, but it is frustrating. Because now it seems like I’ve become arrogant or disconnected from reality. But that is absolutely not the case. I am still the same Will as I was at Lierse or Beerschot."