Roberto Martinez has left his role as Belgium’s manager after the loss to Croatia sends them home early from the World Cup.
Although they started their World Cup campaign with a win against Canada, there was a feeling around the squad that they were far from their best.
To make matters worse, rumours began to circulate about a disagreement within the squad, which had escalated to fights between senior members. The team’s star player, Kevin De Bruyne then stated that the team was ‘too old’ in a bizarre interview which only put fuel on the fire.
Martinez who became head coach six years ago made it clear that he had not resigned but that his contract had ended.
“But this is the time for me to accept [it is over]. I don’t resign. It’s the end of my contract.” Martinez said.
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Martinez was only able to take this ‘golden generation’ to third place in 2018, a feat which he remains proud of.
“Yes, that was my last game. It has been six years,
“I arrived with the clear idea of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Then we became so engaged with the project and won a bronze medal. I’m so proud of these players. It has been amazing.”
“Since 2018 I had many opportunities to leave and take jobs at club level, but I wanted to stay loyal.”