Wilmots steps down as Belgium boss
The Royal Belgian Football Association have released a statement announcing that national team manager Marc Wilmots has stepped down from his post effective immediately.
45-year-old Wilmots joined the national team set-up in 2009 as assistant manager and later was promoted to manager in 2012 when then-boss Georges Leekens left to coach Club Brugges.
The former Liège player commented on his departure - "I think this is the right time for me to leave. I've taken this team as far as I can, and now I leave it up to someone else."
With just four games to play in the qualifiers, Belgium are level on points and goal difference with toppers Croatia, and will need to be focused to ensure that they finish top of their group.
Wilmots also appears to have his next move planned out. "I'm thinking of making a return to politics. I was in the Senate for two years and at the time I found politics difficult, but now I've matured a little more and I want to be of service to my country."
The KBVB is almost sure to appoint a former international as head coach going by recent trends, and Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets and Michel Preud'homme are said to be front runners for the post, while a return for Franky Vercauteren has not been ruled out at this stage.
Regardless of whoever is appointed, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany in the squad, they will be expected to achieve big things in the long term with what is arguably the Belgian National Team's golden generation.