Club Brugge coach on the shortlist for Westerlo vacancy

David Van den Broeck is reporting that Club Brugge coach Rik De Mil is on the shortlist to replace Jonas De Roeck as Westerlo head coach. Reports suggest that Westerlo are exploring two strands for a replacement, either one who is for the future or another as a short term appointment. The short term appointment would need to have experience of avoiding relegation from the Pro League.

Last season De Mil spent a few months in charge of Club Brugge after the sacking of Scott Parker. He decided to remain with the side when Ronny Deila was appointed as the sides head coach.

Westerlo parted ways with De Roeck after the side succumbed to a 3-1 home defeat to Anderlecht last weekend. This left the side second bottom with just two wins from their opening 16 games. De Roeck joined Westerlo in 2021, leading them back to the Belgian Pro League in his first season. He then led them to a successful 2022/2023 season, qualifying for play-off two and a chance at European football. Ultimately, they fell just short, but expectations were that the side would have another strong 2023/2024 season.

Westerlo invested heavily in the summer, bringing in a whole host of young exciting talent. However, the side has not come together as many expected and has looked far less assured than they did last season.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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