The Football Association is meeting today: the Red Devils may get a foreign national coach and Belgian technical director


The Task Force of the football association meets for the first time today. CEO Peter Bossaert, board members Sven Jaecques and Pierre Locht and external advisor Bart Verhaeghe will start looking for a national coach and technical director.

Of the more than one hundred candidatures to succeed Roberto Martinez, the foursome will make a shortlist from a longlist. In the end, there may not be more than five names of potential national coaches. They will soon be contacted to start discussions.

As indicated earlier, applications came from the French Hervé Renard (national coach of Saudi Arabia) and Claude Puel (ex-coach of Monaco, Lille, Lyon, Southampton and Leicester) and the Italian Andrea Pirlo (ex-top player, now trainer in Turkey). to the football association. Some Dutch top trainers have also reported, but those names are still being kept secret.

The name of ex-Red Devil and trainer Michel Preud’homme (63) keeps buzzing around the union, with conflicting reports about his position: technical director or national coach. In principle, the technical director will be appointed earlier or at the latest at the same time as the national coach. So in a very short period of time. It would already be a Belgian while the national coach will probably be a foreigner.

In the meantime, work is being done on the technical staff, even without the new national coach and technical director. The new strongman may bring one or two assistants, but former performance analyst Luke Benstead is already being promoted Performance Analyst nasty Head of Coach Development/Methodology. The Englishman also calls himself assistant coach, but that is put into perspective at the football association.

(ybw, bla, lvdw)

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