Only a few months after an unceremonious sacking by Premier League side Everton, Roberto Martinez has been announced as Belgium’s head-coach.
According to the BBC, the Beligum FA announced on Wednesday that they have appointed former Premier League manager Roberto Martinez as the new head-coach of the national side. Following Marc Wilmots’ disappointing run in-charge at Euro 2016, Martinez has been seen by the FA as a viable successor to the Belgian.
However, the last few years have not been to good for Martinez as he has been relegated from England’s top-tier in 2013 and has also endured a torrid term at Everton.
Thus, his appointment shocked a number of football fans across the globe:
🙌🏻🙌🏻 if Roberto Martinez being appointed Belgium Manager is the strangest appointment ever!! What next ….. Tony Pulis next Germany manager
— Phill Barrs (@phillbarrs) August 3, 2016
I said Belgium had to get an experienced coach who would guide these lot to greatness. But nah, Roberto Martinez. Their own fault.
— Harry (@VivaLaSergio) August 3, 2016
Roberto Martinez has been named as the new manager of Belgium pic.twitter.com/ujpkdNDj5M
— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) August 3, 2016
Today’s top story: Roberto Martinez appointed Belgium manager.
Tomorrow’s top story: Katie Price gets PM job.
It’s a weird world…
— Parveen Agnihotri (@Parveen_Comms) August 3, 2016
Appointing Roberto Martinez as Belgium’s head coach is like hiring Jeremy Corbyn to run a city trading floor.
— Lawrence (@Lawrinho) August 3, 2016
Roberto Martinez has been appointed head coach of Belgium
Anyone else think this is a strange appointment?
Thought he was going to #Hull
— V2 Football Podcast (@v2Football) August 3, 2016
Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers
— Dirty Diego (@Monsiuer_T) August 3, 2016
Roberto Martinez set to become Belgium manager. Somewhat surprising appointment for a job that you could apply for online!
— Tad Swar (@tadswar) August 3, 2016
Anyone got Roberto Martinez agents number please? I want the Millwall job instead of my NHS one. Sounds like he could sell ice to Eskimos.
— Chris MFC Elliott (@DjChristheshirt) August 3, 2016
Roberto Martinez hoodwinked Belgium into giving him the job. This is a travesty. Let’s not forget this man was relegated from the PL.
— Uzi (@Eazy_Alli) August 3, 2016
Roberto Martinez…the worse he does, the better the next job. Like an Escher painting, the lower he sinks, the higher he gets.
— Bryn Hylton (@dancingbear76) August 3, 2016
Belgium doing everything they can to waste their “golden generation”. Roberto Martinez, are you sure?!
— Tom Barker (@TomBarker_94) August 3, 2016
While there were some who were questionably happy about the Spaniard’s appointment:
IMO, appointing Roberto Martinez is a very good choice from the Belgium FA
— The Boogeyman (@famochi09) August 3, 2016
Roberto Martinez. 🙌🙌🙌really impressed. Belgium new manager. Seems like an Upgrade to me. Big step
— Daniel_ES (@esugaDan) August 3, 2016
Roberto Martinez is a God compared to the managers we’ve had the past 10 years. Don’t even understand why people are complaining.
— røbbos (@EscapeMinded) August 3, 2016
— Origano (@Bruteinho) August 3, 2016
Everton striker Lukaku was also mentioned a number of times on social media.
I really can’t wait for Roberto Martinez to promise to get Belgium into the Champions League, and call Lukaku, Sensational.
— Thominator (@Ogabson__OOT) August 3, 2016
You just knew Roberto Martinez would find a way of keeping Lukaku
— Adrian Healey (@AdrianHealey) August 3, 2016
Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku takes in the news of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium appointment. pic.twitter.com/cPTDAPHIs6
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) August 3, 2016
Lukaku’s reaction to finding out Roberto Martinez has been appointed Belgium manager… https://t.co/odBZ3P1yfX
— Jordan (@FourFourJordan) August 3, 2016