Marc Wilmots has been fired as Belgium manager after their exit at the quarter final stage in the just ended Euro 2016 championships following a shock 1 – 3 loss to underdogs Wales.
The coach was still under contract until 2018 but in his dismissal note, the Royal Belgian Football Association stated that the team’s ‘intended goals have not been reached’ and that the team needs ‘new impulse’
“The Royal Belgian Football Association have made an agreement with Marc Wilmots to end his contract, which ran until 2018,” read an official statement on the Belgian FA’s website.
“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 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.”
Wilmots who earned 70 caps for Belgium was hired back in May 2012. He becomes the fifth coach who handled a team at the Euros to exit national team duties after Roy Hodgson (England), Leonid Slutsky (Russia), Anghel Iordnescu (Romania) and Mykhaylo Fomenko of Ukraine.