Roberto Martinez will remain as the head coach of Belgium despite his side’s disappointing quarterfinal exit at the hands of Italy at Euro 2020. Peter Bossart, chief executive officer of the Belgian Football Association has revealed that plans for the World Cup qualifiers have already begun under Roberto Martinez. Belgium is the number one team in the world and has not yet fulfilled its potential.
“Today we start preparations for the September and October games. Roberto Martinez will be there. No official communication will follow, but there is no reason to change the staff,” Bossaert said about Roberto Martinez and Belgium. “I don’t have the feeling he will step down. There is no problem with him at the moment. There will be no real evaluation because, as with any successful business, we have a culture of permanent evaluation.”
Belgium’s so-called golden generation was outplayed by Italy in every department during a 2-1 loss. Three years ago they were knocked out by eventual winners France in the semi-finals. Martinez took over from Marc Wilmots in 2016. The latter lost to Wales in the quarterfinals of Euro 2016. Martinez was linked to a number of vacant jobs at the club level including Everton and Tottenham.
After the loss to Italy, Martinez was not willing to reveal his decision about his future saying, “Well, obviously, this is a moment that is very, very difficult to speak anything else than the defeat and that we are out of the Euros. As I say, at the moment, it’s still too raw. And I do not want to say anything that it could be (seen as) emotional.”