Brugge let their coach go despite success in the Champions League

BRUSSELS.- The witcheswho gave the surprise by qualifying for the round of 16 of the Champions Leagueannounced on Wednesday that he was parting ways with his coach, carl hoekensciting the disappointing results in the Belgian championship.

Champions five times in the last seven seasonsthe “Blauw en Zwart” (blue and black), who will face the Benfica in the round of 16 of the Champions League, they currently occupy fourth position in the Belgian championship, 12 points behind the leader ghent.

“Despite a good run in the Champions League, the performances and level of play in the championship remain below expectations“, said the club in a statement, regretting that the World Cup break has not brought “any improvement”.

The club has just been removed from the Cup of Belgium and tied (1-1) on Monday against the OH Leuven.

The patron of the club, vincent mannaertassessed that “the level of play and the desired results” in the championship and in the Cup had not been achieved, although he made it clear that Hoefkens’ role in the Champions League campaign should not be “underestimated”.

In the Champions League, the Belgian club came second in group B with 11 points, one less than the leader Port. The Bayer Leverkusen and the Atletico Madrid they fell eliminated.

Mannaert did not give any clue as to the identity of the coach who could replace Hoefkens, stating that they are working to find.”the best possible sequence“.

The Brujense club grows every year in financial power in Belgium, thanks to European bonuses and a very beneficial transfer policy.

The Bruges has distinguished itself by its ability to sell its players at the price of gold, as it achieved in the past market between seasons with the transfers of Charles de Ketelaere (sold to Italian AC Milan for €35 million) or Lois Openda (10 million to French Lens).