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Wednesday, 26 June, 2002, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
Anthuenis in pole position
The press are already considering who will replace Anthuenis (left) at Anderlecht
The press are already considering who will replace Anthuenis (left) at Anderlecht

Anderlecht boss Aime Anthuenis is almost certain to replace Robert Waseige in charge of the Belgian national team.

The press are so convinced of his appointment that they are already discussing who will succeed Anthuenis at Parc Astrid.

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Anthuenis's main rival seems to be ex-international Rene Vandereycken
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The favourites there are the unattached Eric Gerets and Excelsior Mouscron coach Hugo Broos.

The Belgian FA met on Tuesday to review candidates to replace Waseige, who is off to Standard Liege.

FA president Jan Peeters said "We don't have a minute to lose."

Most clubs are starting pre-season training this week and Belgium have a friendly international with Poland scheduled in August.

Although most observers feel that Gerets would be the ideal candidate for the national team, it is thought he will price himself out of the running.

Eric Gerets is popular but probably too expensive for Belgium
Eric Gerets is popular but too expensive for Belgium

Another fancied runner, Broos, will not be released by Mouscron chairman Jean-Pierre Detremmerie.

Anthuenis, on the other hand, has been offered to Belgium by Anderlecht president Roger Vanden Stock, who is also a vice-president of the Belgium FA.

This puts Anthuenis in a delicate position and he is merely saying that no one has approached him yet.

Anthuenis's main rival seems to be ex-international Rene Vandereycken, who has returned from a spell of coaching in the German second division.

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Stories abound that the Anderlecht players do not like Anthuenis's training methods
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Vandereycken has applied for the job but it is unlikely that he will get the nod as his name seems to be mentioned whenever there is a change of coach.

The FA's Karel Vertongen will meet with Vandereycken, Anthuenis and Gerets this week and all the smart money is on Anthuenis.

Stories abound that the Anderlecht players do not like his training methods and the Vanden Stock family seems to have lost faith in him.

As all the candidates to replace Waseige are Flemish, it might soon be time for the Francophone press to sharpen their knives.


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