The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has dismissed speculation that Luis Aragones might be relieved of his duties before the Euro 2008 finals.
“The national team coach is determined to continue in his job until the end of Euro 2008 and he knows that the RFEF has full confidence in him,” the federation said in a statement issued after its president Angel Maria Villar met Aragones on Wednesday.
“In today’s meeting there was complete agreement over the team’s objectives and a renewed determination to achieve the success we all want for Spanish football.”
Spanish media had suggested that Aragones might leave his post before his contract expires at the end of Euro 2008 after he complained about the federation leaking details about his successor.
“Maybe it is best for them to sack me,” Aragones told reporters before last week’s 1-0 win over France in a friendly.
Former Real Madrid coaches Vicente del Bosque and Jose Antonio Camacho, who was in charge of the national team from 1998 to 2002, are reported to be the favourites to take over from Aragones after Euro 2008.