The managers who’ve resigned or been sacked after exiting the World Cup…

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Brazil, Netherlands and Belgium are among the nations searching for a new coach after their World Cup hopes were ended in Qatar. Spain have already found one…

Here are the managers to have walked or been shown the door:

Tite – Brazil
The 61-year-old wasted no time in stepping aside after the favourites were stunned by Croatia in the quarter-finals. It was always in Tite’s mind to leave his role after the World Cup, bringing to an end a six-year reign after he replaced Dunga in 2016.

“As I said, my cycle is over. I said it over a year and a half ago. I keep to my word. We shouldn’t make a drama out of it as I said this one and half years ago. There are other great professionals that can replace me. There could be elements to analyse but the cycle is over.”

Despite Tite openly suggesting that his time was coming to an end, there is no obvious succession plan in place. Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira and Flamengo boss Dorival Junior have been mentioned as possible candidates to take over Selecao.


Louis van Gaal – Netherlands
Van Gaal has already had one stab at retirement but was tempted back for a third stint in charge of Oranje when Ronald Koeman quit to takeover at Barcelona. That he was active in Qatar is an incredible story since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in April, something which he hid from his players.

The World Cup was expected to be his last hurrah and Van Gaal stepped aside in the wake of Netherlands’ incredible defeat to Argentina on penalties.

“First and foremost I won’t be continuing. I only did it for this period of time. This was my very last match of my third term as head coach. In that time I coached 20 matches and we didn’t lose a single one. I don’t know how many matches we won, but you can Google ‘Louis van Gaal, Dutch team’ and see the goal difference for yourself. I look back on it in a very positive way. “

Van Gaal has lobbied for the man who he succeeded to be his own successor.  “A year ago, I was the only coach available who had experience, that now applies to Koeman. He would be a good successor.”



Paulo Bento – South Korea
The Koreans secured dramatic qualification to the last 16 but that was as good as it got, with Bento’s side on the receiving end of 4-1 battering from Brazil. The 53-year-old immediately stepped down after more than four years in the role having been appointed in August 2018.

“I have just announced to the players and the president of the federation that this is a decision I took in September. It is set in stone and I have confirmed it. I have to thank everyone for everything they have done. From now onwards we have to think about the future. I’m going to rest and we have to see what will happen after I rest.”

There is no word on a replacement for Bento just yet.


Luis Enrique – Spain
Spain have been rather quicker off the mark in appointing a new coach after Enrique stepped down following an exit to Morocco which is looking less embarrassing with each passing game.

“The sporting management of the RFEF has handed to the president a report in which it is determined a new project should start for the Spain national team, with the aim of continuing with the growth achieved in recent years thanks to the work of Luis Enrique and his coaches… The RFEF energetically wishes Luis Enrique and his team the best of luck in their future professional projects.”

The ‘new project’ will be led by Under-21 coach Luis de la Fuente. Enrique is expected to return to club management.

Gerardo Martino – Mexico
Former Barcelona and Argentina coach Tata Martino didn’t quite make it to his fourth anniversary as Mexico coach having been appointed in January 2019 after winning the MLS Cup with Atalanta United.

The end, when it came, was a consequence of a rotten group campaign which saw El Tri fail to score in a draw with Poland and defeat to Argentina before beating Saudi Arabia. But that wasn’t enough, with Mexico failing to reach the knockout stage of a World Cup finals for which they qualified for the first time since 1976.

“My contract ended as soon as the referee blew the final whistle, and there is nothing more to be done. As the person in charge, it causes a lot of sadness; I fully assume responsibility for this great failure.”

The Mexican Soccer Federation has said they will appoint a successor in the next two months, with Marcelo Bielsa said to be among the candidates.


Roberto Martinez – Belgium
Belgium’s campaign was even more anti-climatic, with the Red Devils apparently tearing themselves apart from within during the Golden Generation’s last dance. Their exit was confirmed after Romelu Lukaku missed sitter after sitter against Croatia, with Martinez’s reign over upon the final whistle.

“Yes, that was my last game. It has been six years. I arrived with the clear idea of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Then we became so engaged with the project and won a bronze medal. I’m so proud of these players. It has been amazing. It has been six years where we’ve been able to do everything you want to do. The team has played and given people real joy. But this is the time for me to accept it is over. I don’t resign. It’s the end of my contract.”

The Belgian FA thanked Martinez for his service but said the side had “failed and let down” their nation. Thierry Henry, an assistant to Martinez, is the bookies’ favourite to step up to the head coach role.

Ota Addo – Ghana 
Addo didn’t last a year as Ghana boss having replaced Milovan Rajevac in February. Which suits him just fine.

“I always said if we qualified for the World Cup I’d resign afterwards, even if we were world champions. My family see our future in Germany.”

Ghana never looked like becoming world champions – they hardly looked like getting out of the group, despite a win over South Korea, which was sandwiched by defeats to Portugal and Uruguay.

The Ghanaian FA have said they won’t rush an appointment but ex-Brighton boss Chris Hughton, who was an assistant to Addo in Qatar, is among the favourites.

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