From Champions League hero to job hunting in two months: Carl Hoefkens eventful time at Club Brugge

Club Brugge announced today that they were parting ways with head coach Carl Hoefkens after a poor run of form which saw them lose 4-1 in the cup to Sint-Truiden and draw 1-1 at home to OH Leuven. Hoefkens only took over at the club in the summer of 2022, after Alfred Schreuder had left to joined Ajax. Despite a victory over Genk to start the season, Club have been inconsistent in the league. Hoefkens leaves the side in fourth place, 12 points behind leaders Genk and with just one win their last five.

Club have been desperate for more success in Europe, which ironically Hoefkens was able to deliver. Club managed to cause a surprise by being one of the first sides to qualify from their group. The blue and black only lost one game during the group stages, one after they had already qualified for the knock-out stages. Not many would have predicted at that time that Hoefkens would be gone before the turn of the year.

So far the only named linked with the job has been former Red Devils head coach Roberto Martinez, however that is considered to be a long shot with the Spaniard hoping to work elsewhere according to Het Niuewsblad.

Club will now be looking for their third head coach since the departure of Phillipe Clement to Monaco during the 2021/2022 season.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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