After an unexpected World Cup group stage exit, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has announced he will step down from his position.
After the competition, Martinez told reporters that his contract would not be renewed, but he insisted that he had “not resigned.”
The Belgian FA congratulated Martinez for his six years of service in a statement, but also expressed sadness over their team’s failure to advance past the group stage in Qatar.
The statement reads: “We are extremely disappointed after the early exit of our national team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar because we have failed and thereby let down the people of Belgium who supported our team all the way through.
“An era and a cycle have come to an end. Today the ways of our coach Roberto Martinez and the Royal Belgian FA will part.
“We are very grateful and proud that we have worked with Roberto Martinez for more than six years.”