Roberto Martinez signs two-year contract extension as Belgium head coach


Roberto Martinez signs two-year contract extension as Belgium head coach

Roberto Martinez has suffered just one defeat in 17 games in charge of Belgium

Roberto Martinez has penned a two-year contract extension as head coach of the Belgium national team.

The former Everton boss was appointed in 2016 and led the nation to an unbeaten World Cup qualifying campaign.

And the 44-year-old Spaniard has impressed enough to be handed a new deal ahead of the tournament, signing on with Belgium until after the 2020 European Championships.

Belgium, ranked third in the FIFA world rankings, will face England in the group stages in Russia, with Tunisia and Panama the other sides in Group H.

Martinez, with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry alongside him as a member of his backroom staff, has won 12 of his 17 games in charge, losing just once – his first game in a friendly against Spain.

A statement from the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) read: “Thanks to his Premier League past, Martinez is close to the world of the current generation of Red Devils, with whom he maintains close ties.

“The contract between the two parties was extended according to the same conditions as in 2016. Within this context, the RBFA appreciates Roberto Martinez’ passionate motivation to continue to reinforce the Red Devils in the future.

“The fact that, from his appointment in 2016, he visited different football clubs and academies and observed numerous players during official matches, contributes to his drive to continuously strengthen the Belgian team.”



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