Spain coach Luis Aragones insists he will not be resigning, despite his side’s terrible run of form.
Aragones’ men followed last month’s shock defeat to Northern Ireland with a 2-0 defeat to Sweden on Saturday. The losses prompted Spanish media to call for Aragones to be relieved of his duties, but the veteran coach is determined to remain in charge.
“Win or lose against Argentina, I’m going to carry on,” Aragones told the Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) official website.
“I tend to react well in adverse situations and what has happened to me has also happened to other coaches.
“There is an orchestrated campaign against me by certain media, who are blaming me for things that are not my fault.
“There is no cause for alarm other than the fact that we have suffered two unexpected defeats, but there is time to sort things out.
“We have still got nine games to play and we all know perfectly well what is happening in football – France lost to Scotland, Cyprus thrashed Ireland and Italy drew with Lithuania.”
RFEF president Angel Maria Villar is backing his under-fire coach.
“Some people believe he should leave the job, but that is not the case with myself or the federation,” Villar told Marca.
“Whatever happens against Argentina, Luis Aragones will remain as Spain coach. The only reason that he will not continue in the job is if the team does not qualify for the European Championship.
“But I’m sure we are going to qualify because there are lots of games left.”