Belgium place job advert looking for ‘serial winner’ as next manager

Eden Hazard, Jeremy Doku and Roberto Martinez of Belgium
Eden Hazard, Jeremy Doku and Roberto Martinez of Belgium | Photo Credit: IMAGO

The Belgian Football Association have announced the qualities they need in a new coach that will take occupy the seat vacated by Roberto Martinez.

In an advert posted by the association, they state that they are looking for a new head coach who ‘knows how to win.’ 

Former coach Roberto Martinez confirmed his exit from the role after Belgium’s disappointing exit from the 2022 World Cup. the Red Devils crashed out in the Group stage of the tournament after being held to a 0-0 draw with Croatia in their final Group F match

The Spanish coach announced after the game that he was leaving his role and the Belgian FA have now officially begun their search for the 49-year-old’s successor.

In their advert, they state they want to hire a manager who is ‘extremely ambitious’ and has ‘experience in managing top players’.

“Even after the early elimination at the World Cup in Qatar, the RBFA remains very ambitious for the future,” the Royal Belgian Football Association wrote in their job advertisement: 

“All elements are in place to remain successful in the future. It is up to the new national team coach to work with what is in place and lead us to new successes.

“The RBFA is looking for a full-time national team coach who knows how to win. The new national team coach is extremely ambitious and has the necessary international experience at the top level, football tactical knowledge and insights, as well as the right personal skills. 

“He is a serial winner with experience in managing top players. He knows how to focus on creating a close-knit group and how to integrate young players.

“The football association is looking for a tactical expert who supports his choices with data, technology and objective parameters and draws on RBFA’s sporting expertise and structure.

“Applications must be received before 10 January 2023, after which the selection process will be initiated by the Taskforce.”

Meanwhile, current Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry as well as former Belgium international and Burnley coach Vincent Kompany and Philippe Clement have been placed as the frontrunners to replace Roberto Martinez as the new Belgium manager.