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Del Bosque plans to step down as Spanish manager after Euro 2016

Spanish national coach Vicente del Bosque plans to retire from his post after the Euro 2016 in France, according to his new book which were published on Friday.

football Updated: Dec 19, 2015 01:03 IST
Vicente Del Bosque
Spain's Vicente del Bosque, one of the nominess for the FIFA Men's World Soccer Coach of the Year Award, attends a press conference during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013.(AP Photo)

Spanish national coach Vicente del Bosque plans to retire from his post after the Euro 2016 in France, according to his new book which were published on Friday.

“If everything goes as expected, after Euro 2016 I will leave the national team and the Spanish football federation. It is also a question of health,” he writes in the book “Winning and losing: Emotional Strength” which will be launched on Monday.

“I will have been the national team coach for eight years and I do not intend to cling to the post,” he adds, according to the extracts published in the online edition of sports daily Marca and other newspapers.

Del Bosque, who took over from the late Luis Aragones after Spain’s triumph at Euro 2008, is a hugely 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.

However some felt a fresh start was needed after Spain’s failure to advance beyond the group stage at last year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

Spain could become the most successful side in European Championship history if they can win the title for a third consecutive time, and fourth overall, in France next year.