The Belgian football federation has announced that national team coach Dick Advocaat has resigned.
The federation has admitted it has been left surprised by the Dutchman’s resignation, which comes just six months after he stepped into the role.
A statement on the federation website read: “The federation’s president Francois De Keersmaecker was informed this Thursday April 15 at 1415 hours by national team coach Dick Advocaat that the latter was breaking his contract which linked him to the URBSFA with immediate effect.
“The Belgian football federation will contact their lawyers to study the consequences it will give to this matter.
“The URBSFA management, who were surprised by this announcement, will abstain from any comments at this moment and, since they do not know all the factors, the URBSFA will now reflect on what future steps they will take.”
The federation also confirmed it would be consulting their lawyers about possible legal action.
Reports in Belgium suggest Advocaat could be set to succeed Guus Hiddink as Russia coach. He had a successful spell with Zenit St Petersburg from 2005, winning the UEFA Cup in 2008, but was sacked in August last year after a poor run of results.
Advocaat is also manager of Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.