The 65-year-old led his country to the 2010 World Cup and European Championship glory in 2012 after taking over from Luis Aragonés in 2008. Del Bosque told the Spanish radio station Radiogaceta Sports: “I have no intention to remain as coach. No matter what the result of the Euros, I had no doubt about what my future would be.” Spain won their opening Euro 2016 games against the Czech Republic and Turkey before a 2-1 defeat by Croatia meant they finished as Group D runners-up, leading to the second-round match against Italy.
Joaquin Caparrós and Paco Jémez have already declared their intention to succeed Del Bosque. The former Sevilla coach Caparros and Jemez, who joined La Liga side Granada on a three-year contract in June, are among the early front-runners.
“Of course I would be thrilled to be the next Spain coach just like any other coach,” Caparrós told Cadena Ser radio.
Jémez, a fan favourite to replace Del Bosque in a poll carried out by the sports daily Marca, said to Cadena Ser: “The national team only comes once in a lifetime and you either take it or it’s over.”
Jémez revealed he has a release clause in his contract with Granada if he is offered the Spain coaching position. The 46-year-old made a name for himself when leading Rayo Vallecano to eighth place in the 2012‑13 La Liga campaign – the best finish in the club’s history.
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