Union St-Gilloise have introduced their new boss – as he takes his first job as a head coach.

Karel Geraerts, 40, has taken charge at Tony Bloom’s Belgian club.

He was previously assistant to Felice Mazzu, who has moved to Anderlecht.

Geraerts was offered the chance to go with Mazzu but instead opted to step up and succeed him at USG.

The former Bruges, Standard Liege and Belgium midfielder said: “It’s true this is my first experience (as head coach) but I have been here for three years.

“I know the place and it’s good to start at a place you know.

“Am I ready? You never know when you are ready.

“But the situation has changed. A few weeks ago, there was nothing to predict this would happen although I suspected that there would be interest in Felice, as well as for our players.


“He suggested that I go with him. I listened to him but I quickly made the decision to take up the Union challenge.

“The fans were disappointed with Felice's departure and I understand them. They had a special relationship.”