Former Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, is believed to have had discussions with the Belgian FA over a potential managerial job. However, he pulled out during the last minute.
Louis van Gaal was sacked from the Manchester United job just two months ago, despite having a year left on his contract, and winning the club its first trophy in 3 years.
Newspapers in Belgium report that the Dutchman was in talks with Bert Verhaeghe, the vice president of the Belgium FA. But he pulled out of negotiations two days before Roberto Martinez was announced as the new coach.
Reports claim that Louis was initially interested in the job, but did not take it up since he had already promised his wife he would spend a year off from management to spend time with his family.
The Belgium FA officially announced Roberto Martinez as their new coach this Wednesday. Former Belgium manager, Marc Wilmots, was sacked due to his poor performance in this year’s European Championships.
Dick Advocaat, Rudi Garcia, and Rolf Rangnick were all believed to be considered for the management role, but they all lost out to the former Everton manager.
Roberto’s first match in charge of the national side will come on the 1st of September, when the Red Devils face Spain.
The Belgian national side are currently ranked second in the FIFA World Record rankings, just a hundred points shy of Argentina. But they haven’t lived up to the expectations, even with their young and vibrant players.
Many fans and pundits expected Belgium to at least reach the semi-finals of the Euro 2016, but they were knocked out by Wales in the quarter-finals. Wilmots also failed to pose a threat during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The team boasts a number of high-profile footballers, including the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, and Kevin de Bruyne.
Martinez will be looking forward to the 2018 FIFA World Cup as a chance to showcase his side and possibly win the trophy.