Vicente del Bosque brought down the curtain on perhaps the most prominent managerial careers in football saying he was stepping down the from job after the defending champions lost their game to Italy at the Euro 2016 finals in France.
“Of course, I have no intention of continuing,” he said in an interview with Radio Nacional de Espana on Thursday. “It was a decision I had taken beforehand.”
Spain were eliminated from Euro 2016 on Monday after 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.
“On July 31 I will leave football. I will be available to help. I will leave the bench although I will always remain close and will want things to go well for Spanish football. If I can help in anything, I will,” he said.
However the latter stated that no one asked for his advice at the Spanish football federation regarding who should replace him.
Del Bosque won virtually every major honor at club and international level.