Having finished second in LIgue 1 after a sensational campaign against the odds, Lens have inevitably attracted attention from around the continent, not least ahead of what will be their first Champions League campaign in over 20 years.
Franck Haise, who was named Ligue 1 manager of the year at Sunday night’s UNFP awards, has potential suitors elsewhere in France and is reportedly enticed by the idea of coaching in the Premier League. Publicly, he has been evasive about committing his future to the Sang et Or.
Speaking to RMC Sport, though, the club’s CEO Arnaud Pouille has ruled out the idea of Haise leaving the club after three years in charge of the senior team.
“I think he answers requests to avoid disappointing the people around him. […] I speak with Franck every day, we’re going to talk again and see each other before Monday. Honestly, there’s no reason why we wouldn’t be aligned. There’s no story, he’ll be coach as well as general manager.”
Pouille has also indicated that the majority of the squad will still be with Lens next season. He adds that meetings will be held with the players’ agents after the final day of the campaign, after which a plan for the summer will be established.