Standard Liege have announced Carl Hoefkens as their new head coach. The former Club Brugge man will replace Ronny Deila, who has ironically taken over at Hoefkens former side. Hoefkens has rejected interest from England, with Swansea and Leicester City the two sides that were reportedly looking to hire him.
Hoefkens was sacked at Christmas by Club Brugge, despite leading them to the knock-out stages of the Champions League. The side qualified from a group that contained Atletico Madrid, Porto and Bayer Leverkusen. However, their poor form domestically meant that the Club hierarchy parted ways with Hoefkens. In his place came Scott Parker, who only lasted a handful of games before he too was sacked.
Standard Liege, under Deila, had a surprisingly good season as they finished in the top eight to qualify for the play-offs. However, once Deila left midway through the post-season group, their season faltered. Now, with Hoefkens in place, they will be hoping he can continue to build on the good work Deila had done before he departed to Brugge.