Luis Aragones said on Monday that he would not go back on his decision to retire as Spain coach after Euro 2008 despite having guided them to their first semi-final in 24 years.
The 69-year-old said he was touched by those supporters, who had brandished banners saying 'Aragones stay', during the quarter-final victory over Italy – the Spanish ended an 88 year victory drought over the Italians in competitive matches with their 4-2 penalty shootout win, after the match ended 0-0.
“I thank all of those people who have addressed words of encouragement or compliments,” said Aragones.
“But the Federation know already that this adventure is ending for me, whatever happens to Spain here.
“I am not even asking myself whether the federation would propose something or not.
“I am proud of the results of my team and the fact that I am leaving behind a group of players who give their all on the pitch and within the group there is a good atmosphere. That will be a good mark on my CV,” added the coach known as 'The Wise Man of Hortoleza'.
Spain – who reached the Euro '84 semi-final but lost to hosts France – take on Russia in their semi-final in Vienna on Thursday.
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