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Published: 12:14 | 3/9/16

Belgium FA snubbed 'exhausting' Van Gaal


The Belgian FA have admitted they turned down the chance to appoint Louis Van Gaal as his interview was "boring".

The Red Devils were seeking a replacement for Marc Wilmots who finally parted company with the side after a disappointing Euro 2016 and spoke with several candidates before appointing Roberto Martinez as his successor.

Van Gaal was eliminated from their shortlist after a preliminary interview while they also revealed the reason why Martinez - who was booed after losing his opening match in charge against Spain - was handed the reins.

Sources close to the Belgian FA said they found the interview with Van Gaal to be 'draining and exhausting' while according to the Daily Mail, former Everton manager Martinez gave a superb presentation.

"Martinez, for his part, made it down to the final stage of interview and he was asked to dissect the Belgium defeats by Italy and Wales during the European Championship," Adam Crafton wrote in the Daily Mail.

"It is believed that Martinez produced a flawless and clean five point video demonstration of how Belgium needed to improve to push on at the World Cup in 2018.

"When he left the room, the figures involved in the interview turned to each other simultaneously and agreed Martinez was the right man for the job."

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