Just few days after being knocked out of the European Championship in France, Spain’s coach, Del Bosque said he will be quiting as the coach on July 31, 2016.
On Thursday Del Bosque said his time has come to an end as Spain’s coach.
“I have no intention to remain as Spain coach. I said it before that I will leave this position after the Euros, and now is the time”, said Del Bosque.
He further said on July 31 he will leave football but he will be available to help on any other issues related to football.
“I will leave the bench although I will always remain close and will want things to go well for the Spanish team. Ifor they need help, I will always be available”, he said.
Spain who went to the tournament as the defending champions, were eliminated by Italy after losing 2 nil in the knockout stages.
The 65 year old took over the reigns at the national from the late Luis Aragones in 2008.
Del Bosque won the World cup trophy in 2010, and also won two consecutive European Championship titles.
Reports from Spain indicates that the position will be filled by former Granada coach, Joachim Caparros.
Despite Joachim being on the top list, there are other names which have been tipped to replace him including former Spain under-21 boss Julen Lopetegui, Granada coach Paco Jemez and former Marseille boss Jose Miguel Gonzalez.
Caparros, who has managed a host of Spanish clubs including Villarreal, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao and Levante, said he would be excited to be the manager of the national team.
“I would be happy if I have been chosen as the national team coach. This is an amazing job and hopefully I will be considered for the post”, said Caparros.
Spain’s poor performance started in Brazil where they were participating in the 2014 World Cup, the Spanish team was eliminated in the group stages.
Del Bosque is the second coach to resign after the Euros, the other coach who left the bench is the England team coach, Roy Hodgson who resigned soon after losing to Iceland in the knockout stages.