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Published: 15:29 | 15/7/16

Wilmots sacked by Belgium

Belgium have parted company with manager Marc Wilmots.

Belgium were ranked second before Euro 2016 but they crashed out of tournament at the quarter-final stage when they were beaten 3-1 by Wales despite dominating large parts of the game.

Speaking after the game, Wilmots refused to be drawn on his future but the 47-year-old has been relieved of his duties after failing to meet the objectives set out by the Belgian FA.

“We would like to thank Marc Wilmots for his work during the last four years," a statement from the Belgian FA read.

“With Marc Wilmots as a head coach, the Red Devils have climbed from the 54th position to the top of the Fifa World Ranking. He managed to win 34 games out of 51, including eight draws. Above all, the fans have reinstalled their love for the Belgian Red Devils during this period.

“The RBFA’s Technical Commission have made an evaluation of the recent UEFA Euro 2016 and have declared that the intended goals have not been reached.

“There is a common sense that the team needs a new impulse to lead this group towards a top result at a major tournament.

“The Belgian FA will immediately start the procedure to find a new head coach, in a transparent way. The idea is to start the upcoming games in September with a new coach, beginning with an international friendly game in Brussels against Spain on the 1st of September.”

Belgian FA president Francois De Keersmaecker added: "The objectives set for the Euros were not achieved. We need a new momentum."

Wilmots was named manager in 2012 and went on to win 34 of his 51 games in charge had been in charge of the national team since 2012 and won 34 games.

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