In a very unusual move, the Royal Belgian Football Association has placed a job advert on LinkedIn to see who wants to apply to be the head coach of the national team going forward.
Belgium were disappointingly knocked out in the group stages of the 2022 Qatar World Cup despite being a contender to go much further in the competition.
That led to long-term coach Roberto Martinez leaving his role after their final game in Qatar, and no one has been named as his replacement yet.
Belgium coach job application
The profile that the Federation is looking for is that of a “decidedly ambitious” coach with “international experience at the highest level, with a breadth of knowledge and tactical ideas, as well as the right skills and personnel”.
“We are looking for a serial winner with experience of managing the best players in the world. The new federal coach knows how to focus on creating a tight group and how to integrate young players. He is a tactical expert who bases his choices on data, technologies and objective parameters and uses the experience and sporting structure of the Federation. He knows how to win trophies in world-famous competitions,” concludes the full job description.
It is of course much more common for footballing associations to draw up a list of managers in order of preference that they would like to take the job, and then approach each coach to discuss terms and gauge their interest.
Belgium are now likely to get thousands of applications from people who are either not serious about the job or who are in the sport, but woefully underqualified.