Early removal of Belgium of the World Cup in Qatar, and the consequent departure as coach of the Spaniard Roberto Martínez, has sparked a debate on who should lead the ‘Red Devils’, with names like vincenzo company, Michel Preud’Homme Y Thierry Henry on the table and Euro 2024 in the sights.
One of the options that resonates loudest among the local press is to entrust the technical direction of Belgium to the duo formed by Thierry Henry Y Thomas Vermaelen.
Both accompanied Martínez during part of the six years he led the Red Devils, the first since 2016 – except when he was at Monaco as coach between 2018 and 2019 – and the second as one of the references in defense until his retirement. last January. , when he automatically joined the coaching staff.
One of the weaknesses of this option is that Vermaelen has no experience as a head coach and Henry did not perform well at Monaco when he took over that role.
Another of the names that the Belgian press mentions several times since their elimination in the group stage is that of vincenzo companyformer defender of the national team who, after eleven seasons at Manchester City, returned to the club of his origins, Anderlecht, first as a player-coach and then only as a coach (2019-2022).
But, like Henry, Kompany also fell short of expectations and left the Brussels club a few months ago.
It also appears in the discussion Philip Clementformer Belgian player and current manager of Monaco, having moved on from the bench at Bruges, Genk and SK Beveren.
At Bruges, Clément spent four seasons as an assistant coach Michel Preud’Hommethe famous Belgian goalkeeper from the 90s who is also in the crosshairs of possible coaches and who has two decades of experience in technical direction in teams such as Bruges and Standard de Liège in Belgium, FC Twente in the Netherlands or Al-Shabab in Saudi Arabia.
Belgian sports media are also speculating on the possibility that the chosen one will be Hein Vanhaezebrouckcurrent coach of the Belgian La Gantoise who, before the World Cup, had suggested a revolutionary way to choose the coach.
“In a World Cup you have the best players. Even the best referees. But not the best coaches”the coach said.
“There is a reason for that. After all, the best coaches work in the clubs. Wouldn’t it be possible for countries to hire national coaches for a month? Surely then you would have the best World Cup with the best coaches.”explained Vanhaezebrouck, whose team is fifth in the Belgian league.
In any case, and as published this Monday by the newspaper Nieuwsbladthe Belgian FA would consult the decision with the team liaisons: kevin debruyne (31), Thibaut Courtois (30) and Romelu Lukaku (29).
The captain does not appear on that list Eden Hezardgiven that according to newspapers such as DH Les Sports, the 31-year-old Real Madrid striker, criticized for his role in the World Cup and substituted in the decisive match against Croatia, wants to reflect during the holidays on whether or not to continue representing his national team.
With information from EFE