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Belgium parts way with Marc Wilmots after EURO disappointment

Belgium v Republic of Ireland - Group E: UEFA Euro 2016

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with Marc Wilmots manager of Belgium during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Belgium and Republic of Ireland at Stade Matmut Atlantique on June 18, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Marc Wilmots’ helming of a golden generation for Belgium is over.

The Belgian FA announced the firing of Wilmots on Friday after four years in charge of the team.

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Wilmots led Belgium to its first World Cup since 2002, and its first EURO since 2016. The Red Devils were eliminated by Argentina in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, and upset by Wales in the quarters of this summer’s EURO.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was critical of Wilmots’ tactical knowledge, and Wilmots had previously admitted interest in other jobs.

From the statement:

With Marc Wilmots as a head coach, the Red Devils have climbed from the 54th position to the top of the FIFA World Ranking. He managed to win 34 games out of 51, including eight draws. Above all, the fans have reinstalled their love for the Belgian Red Devils during this period.

The RBFA’s Technical Commission have made an evaluation of the recent UEFA Euro 2016 and have declared that the intended goals have not been reached.

There is a common sense that the team needs a new impulse to lead this group towards a top result at a major tournament.

Belgium plans to have a new coach in place for its Sept. 1 friendly against Spain.

Given the talent on Belgium, this could be another job where read “interest in Jurgen Klinsmann”. Just an FYI, even if it’s extremely unlikely to come to pass.

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