Luis Aragones’ offer to resign from his post as coach of Spain’s national team, has been turned down by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
The 68-year-old, who has come under intense pressure following last week’s shock Euro 2008 qualifying defeat by Northern Ireland, is still considering his future.
“Luis came to the meeting with the idea that he was going to resign but the president has rejected it,” said RFEF spokesman Jorge Carretero.
“He has asked for two more days to make a final decision.
“Luis has our total confidence and our support but he has the last word.”
Aragones was appointed as national coach in 2004, succeeding Inaki Saez. He attracted controversy early in his tenure following racist remarks he made about Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. However, he retained the support of the board and led the country to the second round at this summer’s World Cup finals in Germany.
After the 3-2 defeat by Northern Ireland, a poll on Marca’s web site showed nearly 80% of respondents in favour of Aragones resigning.