In an interview with Het Nieuwsblad following the sides 1-0 defeat to Charleroi, Kortrijk head coach Ed Still did not avoid the subject of his future. Without any wins from their opening eight games, the side sit bottom of the league and the head coach is coming under pressure. Still said ‘The figures don’t lie, and I’m not shy about that either. It’s just not good enough so far. ‘
In fairness to Still, a lot of the reasons for Kortrijk’s poor start to the season are due to circumstances that are beyond his control. During the summer the side were subject of a ‘sham’ takeover from the Kaminski Group which rumbled on for weeks before being pulled. This saw all their transfer activity delayed, including the appointment of Still as head coach. Burnley were then set to be the new owners, taking over from Vicent Tan. However, it appears that now even that deal is off.
The side did eventually recruit a number of new players, but the time needed to mold the squad together has not been forthcoming. The season is up and running and a gap is already forming between Kortrijk and and OH Leuven in safety. furthermore, one of those signings has already changed his mind about joining the side. Former Watford defender Craig Cathcart was set to bolster the sides defence, but after just 15 days he decided to retire instead.
Kortrijk’s next opponents are Cercle Brugge, who ironically were the side that saw Still sacked from his role as head coach of Charleroi during the first half of the 2022/2023 season. He will certainly be hoping that history does not repeat itself.