Former Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been appointed as Belgium’s new manager.
Martínez, 43, has been out of work since he was sacked by Everton in May after three years at Goodison Park. He will be officially presented at a news conference on Thursday afternoon and replaces Marc Wilmots, who lost his job after Belgium were eliminated from Euro 2016 at the quarter-final stage.
Martinez succeeds Marc Wilmots who spent four years in charge of Belgium before losing his job after Euro 2016.
Martínez began his managerial career in 2007 after coming to Britain from his native Spain to play for Wigan, Motherwell, Walsall, Swansea and Chester. He took Swansea into the Championship before accepting the opportunity to take over Premier League Wigan in 2009. They won the FA Cup in 2013 but were relegated a few days later and the Catalan went to Everton.
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Martínez had a successful first season on Merseyside, with the team’s attractive style of play earning them a fifth-placed finish but they never hit the same heights again, with two Premier League finishes of 11th and a feeling that the club had hugely under-achieved given the playing talent at his disposal. They lost eight of their 19 home games in the Premier League last season and took only 23 points from them in total.
He had been linked with the Hull vacancy before his shock Belgium appointment.