The Belgian Football Association are said to be close to naming Domenico Tedesco as the Red Devils' new head coach. The German-Italian will be replacing Roberto Martinez who resigned after Belgium's disappointing showing at the World Cup.
Flemish outlet Het Nieuwsblad is reporting that the 37-year-old has agreed to sign a contract which would tie him down until 2026. Tedesco, who made a name for himself in the German top flight with Schalke and RB Leipzig, seems to have convinced the Belgian FA with his tactical nous and stat-based approach to the game.
However, he is more of an unknown quantity compared to the bigger names that have reportedly rebuffed Belgium's advances.
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Joachim Low, who won the World Cup as head coach of Germany in 2014, was apparently one of the leading candidates to replace Martinez but his agent has put an end to the links. The same as with Thierry Henry, the French footballing legend and the Red Devils' former coaching assistant, who was seemingly the players' choice to take over.
Furthermore, Martinez's role as Belgium's Technical Director, which oversees Belgian national football across all age and gender groups, also had to be replaced. The FA is also said to have found their man in the form of Franky Vercauteren, who had coached the Red Devils himself in 2009.