Madrid - Vicente
del Bosque said on Thursday that he has resigned as coach of Spain, just
days after the reigning champions crashed out of Euro 2016.
"Without a doubt, I have no intention to remain as coach, but you
have to be discreet. No matter what the result of the Euros, I had no
doubt about what my future would be," he told Spanish public radio RNE,
confirming reports in sports dailies AS and Marca that he had quit.
Spain were eliminated from Euro 2016 on Monday following a meek 2-0
defeat to Italy and Marca says that ex-Granada coach Joaquin Caparros
will take over.
Del Bosque, 65, who succeeded the late Luis Aragones after Spain's
triumph at Euro 2008, is a popular figure in Spain after leading the
national team to a maiden World Cup victory in 2010 and a second
consecutive European Championship two years later.
But some felt a fresh start was needed after Spain's failure to
advance beyond the group stage at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil,
however del Bosque had stayed in the job for France.
He said he will remain in the post until his contract expired on July
31. Nobody at the Spanish football federation had asked for his advice
regarding who should replace him, he said.
"I would be excited to manage the national team, any Spanish coach
would be honoured to take this job. But I hope Vicente stays, he is the
best coach possible," Caparros told Marca.
Caparros has managed a host of Spanish clubs including Villarreal,
Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao and Levante, but he is currently out of work.
Among the other names tipped to replace del Bosque is former Spain Under-21 boss Julen Lopetegui, Granada coach Paco Jemez and former
Marseille coach Jose Miguel Gonzalez.