Vol. 5 Num 816 Tue. September 12, 2006  

Aragones resignation rejected

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Monday said it had rejected an offer by national team coach Luis Aragones to resign.

Aragones has been under fire after a humiliating 3-2 defeat by Northern Ireland last week in a Euro 2008 qualifier.

An RFEF spokesman told AFP on Monday that Aragones "met the Federation president this morning and indicated to him he wanted to go."

The spokesman said the RFEF had reiterated that the veteran coach still enjoyed "the full confidence" of the organisation, adding that Aragones was going to spend "a couple of days" thinking things over.

Aragones, 67, took over after a poor Spanish showing at Euro 2004 under predecessor Inaki Saez.

Despite saying he wanted to continue through to Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland he has been considering his position following the disastrous loss in Belfast.

Aragones had previously said before the World Cup second phase loss to France he would step down unless the Spanish at least reached the semifinals, but then said he would stay on if the Federation so wished.