Roberto Martinez appointed new head coach of Belgium


The 43-year-old takes over from Marc Wilmots, who was fired on the back of the country's Euro 2016 quarter-final loss against Wales in July.

Wilmots had been in charge of the national team for four years and during that time he helped them to the top of the Fifa rankings, but their lacklustre displays during most Euro 2016 games cost him his job.

Martinez takes up the post on the back of his sacking as manager of Premier League outfit Everton in May following three years at Goodison Park.

The Spaniard also previously managed Wigan and Swansea, and in a statement the Belgium Football Association (BFA), who advertised the vacancy online, said it was "delighted and proud to have found a coach at this level so quickly".

Martinez will be officially presented at a news conference on Thursday afternoon.