Spain coach Luis Aragones has said he changed his mind about resigning because the Spanish Federation (RFEF) and his assistants persuaded him to stay on.
The 68-year-old Aragones offered his resignation in the wake of Spain’s 3-2 defeat by Northern Ireland in a Euro 2008 qualifier last Wednesday.
“I originally thought that I should resign because of the bad result, but they (the RFEF) wouldn’t accept my decision,” Aragones told Spanish television station Telecinco.
“I still thought I would resign up until five in the afternoon, but when I met with my assistants they persuaded me to change my mind.
“I decided that I should continue because they all said we weren’t in a desperate situation and that we could still qualify for Euro 2008.”
Aragones denied he had changed his mind because he realised he would not receive any financial compensation if he resigned.
“It wasn’t down to the money, it was more to do with the people around me.”
Before the World Cup, Aragones said he would quit if Spain failed to reach the quarter-finals. His side lost in the second round to eventual finalists France, but Aragones went back on his original pledge.