Kortrijk have announced that the club have parted ways with Ed Still after just eight games. The side currently sit bottom of the table with two points from their opening eight matches. After a 1-0 defeat to Still’s former side Charleroi at the weekend, the club have decided to part ways with the young head coach.
This now means that Still has been sacked three times in the past 12 months, once by Charleroi and once by Eupen, who narrowly avoided relegation under the head coach last season. He can certainly feel slightly hard done by this time around, with the side suffering from a terrible summer where transfers were delayed due to issues over a takeover. Neither the proposed Kaminski Group nor Burnley takeover offer’s appear to have been completed, meaning that they were then playing catch up in terms of player recruitment.
However, it is clear that the club believe that even with the need to bring the new players together into a cohesive squad requiring time, Still is not the man to do it. So far this season they have drawn with Standard Liege and Anderlecht, while losing 6-0 to Antwerp and 3-1 to Eupen, a side that were also expected to struggle.
Joseph Akpala, who was having to act as temporary head coach during the summer while the takeover discussions were rumbling on, has been placed in temporary charge. He stated then that he did not want the main job and it is unlikely that he has changed his mind.