Martinez becomes new Belgium manager

3 August  121 Comments  [Jump to last]
Former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been named as the boss of the Belgian national team, replacing Marc Wilmots who left the role after the European Championships.

Martinez was dismissed as the Blues' manager in May following a second season of under-achievement and was replaced by Ronald Koeman.

The Catalan provided studio analysis for ESPN at the European Championships and was interviewed by Anderlecht before being linked with the vacancy at Hull City.  

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Alasdair Mackay
1 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:15:11
Seriously!! There are no words for how Mirallas must be feeling right now!
Roberto Birquet
2 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:18:44
and Lukaku. That could be an awkward meet up.

Am amazed

Nik Ramsden
3 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:18:46
Seriously?! How the hell did he manage that?
Ian Randles
4 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:20:25
Lukaku's old man must be thinking how he can change his son's nationality after that announcement.
Kristian Boyce
5 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:20:36
Well there goes Belgium being a top ranked team. How on earth does this man get top jobs after screwing up? He relegates Wigan, gets the Everton job. Has an absolute awful final two years with us and gets sacked, lands the Belgium job.

Waiting for Mirallas and Lukaku to announce their international retirement after this appointment.

Roy Johnstone
6 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:20:50
"Het is een fenomenale moment voor mij persoonlijk ."
Sound familiar?
Peter Roberts
7 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:21:20
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. . breathe...
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Sorry, but that's hilarious. How can such an incompetent mug land on his feet like that. I give it 12 months before the Golden Generation stop playing for him

Stewart Lowe
8 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:25:58
Poor fuckers.
Leon Drake
9 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:26:29
Just had the message off my mate. I thought it was a wind-up.
Nicholas Ryan
10 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:28:41
Does anyone know the Flemish for 'Sin Miedo' ?
Stewart Lowe
11 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:28:46
You can just see the headline "Martinez believes Ronaldo is phenomenal" Such an exaggerating and lying bastard.
Robin Cannon
12 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:29:11
In bizarro world.

He'll probably win the world cup, now.

Mark Ryan
13 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:33:20
and there he will stay because he does not have the ability for the Premiership. I'm truly staggered but it's made me smile.
Colin Gee
14 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:34:07
Any truth in the rumour that Kone, McGeady and Niasse have just applied for Belgium Citizenship?
Alex Mullan
15 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:35:07
For me this is the fantasy equivalent of John Barnes taking over as Holland manager 3 months after his Celtic stint.
Jeff Armstrong
16 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:48:22
He'll probably be able to wing it at international level for a couple of years, but IF he qualifies for the World Cup he will be found out at the tournament proper.

What is Flemish for charlatan? Charlatan maybe...

Gerard Cannon
18 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:56:51
Don't think so Robin. More likely to get them relegated from the qualifying group.
Jason Barker
19 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:59:50
Lukaku and miralles pissing themselves in the tunnel after the match! It's unbelievable!
Ian Randles
20 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:00:55
Hahaha Jason (19) was just about to post the same ...
Daniel A Johnson
21 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:01:35
Phenomenal news .Belgium are in an important moment. Welcome to San Miguel football
Michael Polley
22 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:02:24
Unbelievable!!! Football has just gone mad. That's the Belgians fucked. Lukaku and Mirallas must be ecstatic – not!!!
Daniel A Johnson
23 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:05:12
They probably wont qualify for the next world cup
Chris Gould
24 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:05:23
Wow how?
Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:06:17
As long as Lukaku is fit he will be picked, he'll be the most capped Belgium player of all time, no sorry Bobby won't last long.
Daniel Joseph
26 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:07:05
did you see lukaku? Feck me it was brilliant
Daniel A Johnson
27 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:07:52

Lukaku reaction lol

Colin Glassar
28 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:07:58
Is it true that Mirallas has asked for asylum?
James Stewart
29 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:08:09
Who the fuck is picking the managers for Belgium!? Wilmots was a total incompetent but nothing compared to Martinez. Poor Belgians! Lukaku head in hands when he was told the news says it all.
Peter Carpenter
30 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:08:59
Daniel Lawrence
31 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:11:36
He'll bring a whole new meaning to 'Belgian Waffle'
Anthony Dwyer
32 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:12:04
Harvey Miller
33 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:12:09
They won't qualify for the WC with him. There are so many good managers out there who have played and managed at the highest level AND won something and still they chose him. He must be the best bullshitter/sweettalker ever. Now it's a little more easier to understand why Kenwright chose him.
Still, those Belgians are insane ( this is quote from some old cartoon).
Terry McLavey
34 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:12:42
As I put on another thread, at least they have their chocolates!
Colin Gee
35 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:14:04
Just had a text from a mate of mine:

I know the ale is strong in Belgium, but the Belgium FA must have been on it since Sunday afternoon to appoint Martinez?
Do you think they'll wake up in the morning with a massive hangover and totally have forgotten what they have done?

Steve Jenkins
36 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:17:36
Belgium ale is strong!

My favourite is Kastell - 13% for small bottle, I could tell you some stories.

It makes Stella (the British "Wife Beater" as it is known) look and feel like a little girls drink.

I didn't Martinez ever managing top level again, unless he took over a club in the Championship and got them promoted.

Oliver Molloy
37 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:17:56
I couldn't believe this when the news broke not so long ago, but you what I will be having a wee bet on them.

Martinez, I predict will do well with Belgium because international football is just like knock out cup football.
This could be a shrewd move !

Ray Robinson
38 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:18:12
Daniel #31, brilliant! Whoever appointed him must be a complete Walloon.
Mark Dunford
39 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:20:09
Extraordinarily strange.
Mike Hughes
40 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:20:40
I reckon he got the job on the basis that Belgians like waffle.

Peter Roberts
41 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:22:29
Nicholas Ryan #10

No idea but they speak French as well and that would translate into "Sans Peur"

Colin Glassar
42 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:25:21
Any country that puts mayonnaise on its chips deserves the worst.
Kevin Jones
43 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:26:23
Mike Moore
44 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:27:26
Colin #42, that comment has made my night, superb!
Ray Robinson
45 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:27:32
Careful Colin, you're already in trouble with the Welsh - don't insult the Belgians as well. I'm half Belgian by the way.
Kevin Jones
46 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:28:45
Sorry Peter just seen your whaaaaaat after I'd put my whhhhhaaaaaaat on. But seriously whhhhhhaaaaaat ?
Des Farren
47 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:28:57
I am pleased for him.
Trevor Powell
48 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:31:04
Does this affect his pay off from EFC?
Colin Metcalfe
49 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:38:00
OMG . Speechless !!
Bobby Thomas
50 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:40:11
The level of bullshit at the interview must have been epic.

Fair do's to him. To get the Belgium job with his track record takes a monumental level of blagging.

Mark Ryan
51 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:41:30
Daniel @ 31 quality
Ciarán McGlone
52 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:45:15
Perhaps he promised to get them into the champions league.

This guy is world class at bullshitting in interviews.

Peter Mills
53 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:46:20
I've just read that the "job profile" was for something like "a strong communicator with a record of results in the fast changing world of football".

I assume the same consultants who came up with this conducted the interview process.

In years to come, learned papers will be written on how the beautiful game ate itself, and surely Sr Martinez, and his ability to earn a fortune whilst being totally inept, will be the classic case study.

Mike Hughes
54 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:46:53
Daniel #31 - you got there before me with the waffle gag.

Bobby #50 - I reckon Martinez turned-up for his midday interview and was still talking at midnight. The white flag went up and he got the job. There will be a picture in the Belgium tabloids tomorrow of the Director of the Belgium FA drinking himself into oblivion post interview.

Chris Wilson
55 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:54:01
Great. If we don't sell Lukaku, then we'll be seeing Roberto at Goodison Park doing his scouting missions. What is Spanish for cockroach? Cucaracha?
Les Martin
56 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:58:20
Cant see the players being La Chouffed about this one ! as he talks a load of Kwak, Leffe said the better !
Obviously the Bobby Bullshit meter must have been on overload come interview time.
Nice bloke and I sincerely wish him well, he can write a CV but cannot organise a team.
Peter Mills
57 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:04:17
"I cannot understand with the talent we 'ave available why we cannot win tournaments. Only Poirot could work zis out".

So they chose Clouseau.

Colin Glassar
58 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:04:51
Ray, when did I insult the Welsh? I love the taffs.
Steve Jenkins
59 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:05:22
Kev Mirallas, I'm sure will be delighted with the news.

Poor bugger must be wondering what he's done.

Matt Williams
60 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:08:56
What the fuck have the Belgium's done to deserve this? One can only feel sorry for them. Their so called golden generation now has no chance of winning anything.
Brent Stephens
61 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:10:09
He probably took the job because they told him the mountains are great.
Ian Hollingworth
62 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:16:54
Holy shit.
Speachless absolutely dumbfounded.

Football never ceases to amaze me.

James McPherson
63 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:17:57
It's been a totally bizarre year all round... How on earth has he landed that job? Given the form of things ...seriously alarmed that this could signal a Trump win -
Victor Jones
64 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:31:45
Take a look at the managers of the home countries and the ROI. Nothing much to shout about there. You don't have to be a world beater nowadays to become an international manager. But this appointment is taking the pissaroony.Good luck to Belgium... They are going to need it. I expected Martinez to get back into management, but to miss out on the Hull City job only to land a top International position is crazy. Has nobody checked out his Premier League record? Especially his Wigan team getting relegated, and his last two seasons with Everton. Although (I admit) he can conjur up a cup run maybe he has got lucky. Maybe he just might get Belgium to play his tippy tappy brand of football. He might just then turn Belgium into Spain, mark two. Who knows with Martinez? Will he baffle the Belgian supporting public with phenomenal nonsense? Will he go on to become an all time great manager? Did he sign a pact with the devil? Am I dreaming this? Abject failure has just been handsomely rewarded.Crazy.
Ian Riley
65 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:01:05
It's not all about results!!!

Andy Crooks
66 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:04:27
Football operates in a different world. Just look at the jobs John Toshack landed. Failure doesn't matter. In the real world the hapless Martinez would never work again, however, this is football; the utterly useless sack of shite will earn millions more.
Darryl Ritchie
67 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:09:24
There must be... There has to be someone, anyone, more qualified. The board of Belgian Football have simply ignored the evidence, that the last two previous seasons makes perfectly clear. Martinez is, at best, a so so manager. At worst, totally incompetent.

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall at Belgian/Martinez interview. What spin could he possibly put on his Everton "project", to sell himself to anyone, let alone a national association?

John Daley
68 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:17:53
Got to hand it to Roberto. Imagine securing a top international managers job when the only thing running through your mind for the entire duration of the interview was this little ditty on auto-repeat:


Paul Kelly
69 Posted 04/08/2016 at 00:33:22
Colin@ 42, nothing wrong with mayo on your chips, got to make do with what you can in the sunny SE because you can't get northern gravy down here, what I'd do for a sausage dinner!

Now about that appointment ..unfookingbelievable.

Barry Jones
70 Posted 04/08/2016 at 00:54:59
Lucky Bastard always seems to land on his feet. His next job will probably be with Cirque Du Soleil.
Paul Birmingham
71 Posted 04/08/2016 at 01:22:58
In football, nothing comes a surprise, but imagine the sulk when his former players have already precast the squad with proofs of his total inability to organise a defence, squad and fight to win games. This tells all of us who have even an FA L1 coaching pass to apply for a footy job.

The fella is a footy fraud and has a Masters degrees in delusion and bull crap. Uncanny but may be fitting and will earn more bad crap from Rom, who won't be going far. May be a life lesson for him?

Hoping and praying, as ever, for a good start and some luck, as I sense like many we are in for an interesting season. Goalkeeper at this stage looks like a Stekelenburg; we must get some winning no nonsense CDs who can play and defend.

If Stones stays, I'd make him Captain and build the team around him. Ronald Koeman has done it and will be a far better coach, than Bobby Martinez, and will I hope instill some basic beliefs back in our weary and afflicted squad. We live in hope, "What's Our Name?"

Jamie Sweet
72 Posted 04/08/2016 at 01:26:31
Decent cup manager. Wouldn't train them week in week out to be able to destroy their defensive instincts.

Crazy as it sounds... it just might work!

Daniel Lim
73 Posted 04/08/2016 at 01:26:34
I have won the FA Cup with a lousy team. I can win you the World Cup with your golden generation.

I bet this has been said during the interview.

But I still can't believe this!

James Watts
74 Posted 04/08/2016 at 01:49:13
Football is mad. How can such an incompetent manager get paid so well for being so awful??!? I'm in the wrong profession
Anthony Dwyer
75 Posted 04/08/2016 at 01:53:49
James your right mate, look at Boas Villas or whatever his name is.

The ex Porto manager stunk at Chelsea, so got paid a fortune to leave. Then he became employed by Spurs, only for the same thing to happen to him there. Next was mega rich Russian giants Zenith.

I cant get my head around how these guys do it.

They must be mind benders or something.

Brian Porter
76 Posted 04/08/2016 at 02:07:41
He probably promised he'd win them the World Cup within four years. What on earth were they thinking of? One look at his managerial record should have sent red flags soaring. No way will Belgium retain their FIFA ranking for long with the clown in charge. Only when they begin to leak goals and their World Cup qualifying campaign goes tits up will they realise what they've let themselves in for. Idiots, is the only word I can conjure up.
Jay Harris
77 Posted 04/08/2016 at 02:14:35
Ive been in shock since I heard.

The players will be in fits of laughter that their FA could have been mugged by this conman.

Ernie Baywood
78 Posted 04/08/2016 at 03:26:04
Keep reading people saying he'll be alright as Belgium have good defenders. So did we! Unfortunately he left them isolated one on one against attackers.

There's only one word to describe this appointment - Phenomenal. Can also be used to describe his agent who is doing a... phenomenal job!

You've got give the guy some credit. How the hell does he do it?

Roger Sunde
79 Posted 04/08/2016 at 03:33:51
Mirallas must be ecstatic.
Paul Ferry
81 Posted 04/08/2016 at 04:53:07
How about giving this fella some credit for winging it? He must do a amazing job interview! Fired from manager of the 11th best team in England, to managing the 2nd best international team in the world – before the Euros!

Nigel Gregson
82 Posted 04/08/2016 at 05:25:15
Quite a good move. His record cup tournaments is pretty good - even for us.
Tony Draper
83 Posted 04/08/2016 at 06:43:37
Has Dame Twankey taken over as head of the Belgian FA ?
Chern Lee
84 Posted 04/08/2016 at 06:44:53
When's April Fool's Day in Belgium
Colin Glassar
85 Posted 04/08/2016 at 07:51:14
Hopefully he will take BK with him as his chief cheerleader. How do you say, "what a manager!!" in Belgian?
Ian Hollingworth
86 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:00:00
Phenomenal, now I understand the true meaning of that word.

Good job I don't give a toss about Belgium otherwise I would be really pissed about this news.

Seb Niemand
87 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:01:44
The world has truly gone mad.
Paul Smith
88 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:26:01
Good luck to him.

If Rom & Kev were giggling at his expense they should take some responsibility for some of their own shortcomings, neither of them are bather in glory.

Btw Roberto has always been King of the Blag Artists it's not his fault people are gullible.,

Dave Lynch
89 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:26:04
Iain Davies
90 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:28:00
Gibraltar are now confident in getting 6 pts in qualification.
Gordon Crawford
91 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:37:54
Belgium has just been served some Spanish Waffles. Lol.
Mark Cooper
92 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:22:35
Well said Paul Smith #88, good luck to the guy.

Peter Barry
93 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:38:20
Matthew Williams
94 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:54:12
Good Luck to him, he is the type of manager to do well in International Football. I do not have the hatred that some Evertonians have for him.

I would rather be thankful for some of the players he brought to the club(Lukaku,Delefeo,Funes Mori,McCarhty) and also for his first season where most seasons we would have qualified for the CL.

But at least he can say he got us our highest points total in a season and that season we played some outstanding football, certainly some of the best in my 20 years of being an Evertonian.

It all went wrong last season, but he did some good for us in his three years. he certainly shouldn't be remembered in the same vain as Mike Walker.

Eugene Ruane
95 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:07:40
Wish him well.

Football isn't black and white.

Last season was terrible for Evertonians and the season before wasn't much better.

Martinez had got (us) into a rut he appeared unable to get (us) out of.

He had his 'philosophy' and (obviously) believed changing it wouldn't lead anywhere - he appeared to believe 'stick with it and things will change.'

We now know how that worked out.

However to say it never worked for him, or never could, not strictly true.

It'll take a very good Everton side/manager to top his first season points total and he does have a major trophy win to his name.

Plus imagine how low Ranieri's standing (in 'the game') was after his Greece side were beaten by The Faroe Islands.

Imagine all the different ways that were used to express how shite he was...before he went on to win the PL.

Things can (and do) change for managers.

His teams, substitutions, results etc last season drove me up the wall and in the end I believed he absolutely had to go, but personally I see Moyes' 11 seasons as having been a much bigger waste of (my) time than Martinez' 3.

(possibly with less thrills).

Raymond Fox
96 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:38:16
Well said Eugene, like all managers he had faults.

Wait till Koeman loses a few matches, he'll be shite and clueless in no time.

His appointment will be pleasing 'hulk' Lukaku, he he.
The big pudding will be required to control and pass, two thing he aint good at.

Roman Sidey
97 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:08:04
Barry Jones, incorrect. His next will probably be as head of UEFA or even FIFA. "We're going to host the World Cup in Antarctica."

This appointment reeks of a Robert California-esque bender (for any US Office fans). "Last night I enjoyed some Australian reds and... how to put this... some Colombian whites."

Denis Richardson
98 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:41:27
Sadly for Belgium, because the manager doesn't spend much time with the players it may take them a while to realise this is a truly big mistake they've made. He won't be able to instil his 'philosophy' immediately so it will take time to bed in.

Amazing appointment though and a clear example of how being a top bullshitter gets you a lot further and quicker in life than actually being good at the thing you're bullshitting about. So many better candidates out there, almost lost for words.

Would love to be at the first training session to see the reaction of the likes of Hazard, Kompany and De Bruyne as Martinez explains to them how the game should be played...

Raymond Fox
99 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:51:34
Yes Denis, but he will be in charge of players who actually have the ability to play football the way he wants, unlike some of the over rated one footed wonders we have here!
John Pickles
100 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:56:31
Mirallas's cat had better keep a low profile for a couple of days!
Craig Walker
101 Posted 04/08/2016 at 13:07:32
I don't wish RM any hard feelings. I have some fond memories from that first season. The next two were terrible. I think he'll do okay with Belgium.
Mike Hughes
102 Posted 04/08/2016 at 13:48:08
The only thing that mattered to me was what the results of his tenure was in charge of EFC.

What did he achieve?
Stability? School of Science football? A trophy? A top 4 place?
No - he largely took us backwards despite a solid base to build from and financial backing from the club.
We now appear to have a rebuilding job on our hands.

He made a fortune out of us with what - to me- appeared to be low levels of competence in managing EFC.
He lacked the class or decency to resign despite some of the yuletide and derby day horror shows and despite breaking so many unwanted records (Swansea beating us etc.)
He talked utter crap and was an embarrassment.

In my opinion, RM was a backward step in our history, more Hall of Shame than Hall of Fame. Seeing the back of him was a day of celebration for me. He was a mistake that took too long to correct.

Do I hope he fails? Do I wish him well?
Couldn't care less what he does from here on in - as long as it's nowhere near our club.

Time to move on to our new era now he's thankfully off the payroll.

Ian Guignet
103 Posted 04/08/2016 at 14:03:42
He's a genuinely good human being. Watch him win the World Cup.
George Li
104 Posted 04/08/2016 at 14:24:11
It must be a mix-up between two different Robertos? Surely it can't be the phenomenal one for Belgium.
Jay Harris
106 Posted 04/08/2016 at 16:05:51
“My style is very clear and it goes along with this Belgian team” he said at a press conference streamed on the Red Devils' Facebook page.

“We will always work to be on the ball and be an attacking team, but you have to be able to defend. We want to play attractive football but we have to win.”

No which part of that statement doesn't fit with his record in management.

He would get an award for the best blagger going though.

Dave Ganley
107 Posted 04/08/2016 at 16:54:45
Sorry Matthew #94 and Eugene #95, I have nothing but contempt for the guy with what he did to our club. I'm still not sure how he managed to get that record points tally in his first season, probably abetted by the fact that the players still had a modicum of professionalism and kept themselves fit to last a full game. No, for me he was a disaster from start to finish. The sad state of the squad and the immense job Koeman has to turn things around just sums up his legacy. It was good riddance then and that still holds true today.

How the fuck he managed to get an international job astounds me. I actually feel sorry for the Belgium players. In all my years of going to the game I have never felt so dispirited at going to the game, and that includes the 70s and 90s. He is useless and I have absolutely have nothing positive to say about the man. Harsh maybe but after what he put me through during his tender he deserves all the criticism that is levelled at him.

Timothy Blanshard
108 Posted 04/08/2016 at 17:07:34
For anyone who is interested, I've found a ten min press conference on a Belgium website called Sporza. A lot of things he says here sound very familiar and, my word, can he talk the talk...

Denis Richardson
110 Posted 04/08/2016 at 18:20:32
Haha, the Martinez bollocks wagon is rolling again.

'Belgian players have the world at their feet'

'I will make Lukaku into a world class talent'

'I've always been intrigued by Belgium'

Endless comedy.

Denis Richardson
111 Posted 04/08/2016 at 18:23:51
Ray 99-he brought in most of the players..
Brent Stephens
112 Posted 04/08/2016 at 18:27:19
Wait till he starts talking flem-ish. Then you'll want to spit.
Kim Vivian
113 Posted 04/08/2016 at 19:29:12
Chips - must have a dollop of red on one side of the plate, dollop of Hellmans on the other.

Oh...And we might be surprised by Belgium under RM.

Colin Glassar
114 Posted 04/08/2016 at 19:58:41
Graham Jones has just been announced as the new manager of Brazil!! What's the world coming to?
Ian Linn
115 Posted 04/08/2016 at 21:37:57
Hilarious, just hilarious. Poor fuckers, I wonder if they know what's coming?
Gerry Quinn
116 Posted 04/08/2016 at 21:41:08
Quote, "We will always work to be on the ball and be an attacking team, but you have to be able to defend."

Oh my, my, my, Belgium – this is a case of words speak louder than actions!

Bobby Thomas
117 Posted 04/08/2016 at 22:32:09
I commented on this thread last night.

However, I'd just like to say that I'm still absolutely mind fucked by this news.

Michael Polley
118 Posted 04/08/2016 at 22:58:06
Funny old game, football... but not for Belgium!!!!
Anthony Dwyer
119 Posted 04/08/2016 at 23:49:07
After hearing a bit more Intel on this surprise, I understand it a little more.

Belgium had Marc Wilmots on €650,000 a year, they wanted someone of a higher stature to take over from him and so they spoke to Luis Van Gaal.

After speaking to him they realised they couldn't afford anyone in that league, therefore Martinez was about as high up the ladder of managers that they could afford.

His wage is expected to be €1m a year which isn't much for a manager.

Barry Jones
120 Posted 05/08/2016 at 04:34:07
The only good news for Belgium is that he can't fuck up in the transfer market.
Eric Myles
121 Posted 05/08/2016 at 05:46:26
Barry #120, maybe he can persuade Niasse and Kone to apply for Belgian nationality??
Peter Howard
122 Posted 05/08/2016 at 06:12:28
Eric (121)

Don't say that.

You know they'll both get injured on international duty and miss the rest of the season for us.

Jakob Herd
123 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:09:01
A mistake the size of Belgium
Roman Sidey
124 Posted 06/08/2016 at 02:20:39
Anthony (119) - It may not be a lot for a professional football manager, but it's a hell of a lot for a fraud.
Sajid Patel
125 Posted 07/08/2016 at 13:18:34
He got Everton close to getting in a final twice, his record in cups is pretty good. He's shite in the league though – too predictable and too open.

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