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Belgium sack coach Wilmots after Euro disappointment

'The objectives set for the Euros were not achieved. We need a new momentum,' said Belgian Football Association president Francois De Keersmaecker. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Brussels, Belgium Jul 15, 2016, 02.41 PM (IST)
Belgium sacked national coach Marc Wilmots today after their highly fancied team of talents failed to advance beyond the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 this month, Belgian Football Association president Francois De Keersmaecker said.

"The objectives set for the Euros were not achieved. We need a new momentum," he told a news conference.

A search was under way for a coach with international experience to take over before a friendly against Spain on September 1 ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.

He thanked Wilmots for his achievements over the past four years and said an understanding had been reached over Wilmots contract, which had a compensation clause if he were sacked.

The former Schalke midfielder, 47, took the Red Devils to the quarter-finals of the last World Cup and top of FIFAs world ranking chart with a team built around Chelseas Eden Hazard and Manchester City pair Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne.

But a clueless and disjointed 3-1 defeat to Wales in the Euro 2016 quarters left critics calling for Wilmotshead and Belgian fans wondering what happened to the team that many had hoped would deliver the countrys first major trophy.

(Reuters)
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