Roberto Martinez seeks job in club football after he tearfully resigns in Belgium locker room

Roberto Martinez will evaluate his options in the club management after the crying scenes in the dressing room after Belgium left the World Cup.

Martinez had privately decided that he would leave before the tournament, and his departure seemed inevitable after a disastrous group stage campaign. Belgium drew a goalless draw with Croatia after substitute Romelu Lukaku missed multiple gilded chances in the second half.

“This was my last game with the national team and it was emotional as you can imagine,” Martinez said at the post-match press conference.

The former Everton manager, who led the so-called ‘golden belt’ to a third-place finish in the 2018 World Cup, is now open to offers from the Premier League.

Telegraph Sport disclosed how he was approached to return to Goodison Park earlier this year, but talks broke down as he wanted to take on a job-sharing role in Qatar to ensure he remained head of Belgium. However, he is now resigning from the position of coach and head coach with immediate effect.

“My case is very clear,” Martinez said. “Whatever it was, that was the end. If we had been world champions or had come out in the group stages. Right now that was the end and it has nothing to do with being eliminated in the group stage.”

Belgium, number two in the FIFA world rankings, failed to impress in their first two group games – a 1-0 win against Canada and a 2-0 loss to Morocco – and their latest failure marked the end of an era.

It has been understood that many players shed tears in the dressing room, which has repeatedly denied rumors of friction in the team in recent days.

Former Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has confirmed that he is one of the 30+ players who should be thinking about their international future. “Of course, there isn’t a tournament every year,” he said. “We’ll see what everybody does, but I think it’s very close to the last game to decide. I think now everybody goes home, goes to the club and they have time to decide what to do. Of course it hurts.” “It’s normal, but decisions aren’t made after the game.”

However, Martinez defended his team against allegations that his team did not live up to expectations. “We finished with a bronze medal. [at the last World Cup] And I wanted to try it one more time,” he added. “We’ve built an incredible legacy. I know people see heritage as just gaining something.”

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