Del Bosque quits as Spain coach

Vicente del Bosque. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU

Vicente del Bosque. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has resigned his post after the national team crashed out of Euro 2016, Spanish sports dailies AS and Marca reported Thursday.

Del Bosque informed Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar of his decision on Tuesday, a day after Spain were eliminated from the tournament following a 2-0 defeat to Italy, the reports said.

Villar asked Del Bosque not to make the decision public until the next RFEF assembly on July 15, or at least until he has announced a replacement for Del Bosque, the newspapers added.

Del Bosque, 65, guided Spain to wins at the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012, but then oversaw their shock group-stage exit at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

His contract runs until the end of Euro 2016, and up until now the former Real Madrid coach had been coy on his future plans but said he would discuss the issue with Villar.

After the loss to Italy, he said: “There is no point going over and over this, I will speak with the president and decide the best thing for the national team.”

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