Aragones backs Del Bosque as successor

Departing Spain coach Luis Aragones has backed Vicente del Bosque as the right man to take over from him at the helm of the newly-crowned European Champions.

Departing Spain coach Luis Aragones has backed Vicente del Bosque as the right man to take over from him at the helm of the newly-crowned European Champions.

An announcement on Aragones’ successor has yet to be made but reports in Spain suggest Del Bosque will be officially presented in the next few days.

And Aragones has given a firm vote of confidence to the former Real Madrid boss who guided the Primera Liga giants through its most successful spell in recent times.

“What is certain is that he will do it well,” he told Spanish sports daily Marca. “He’s a coach who has won enough things.

“I hope that everyone helps him and that the players, like I told them, continue working hard to bring titles and happiness to all of Spain.”

Aragones decided to stick to his decision to hand over the reins at La Roja, despite leading Spain to their first major trophy in 44 years.

He has been widely linked to the Fenerbahce job, with the Turkish club announcing him as their new coach on their official website during Euro 2008 - forcing Aragones to deny anything had been formalised.

The 69-year-old is expected to sign a contract this week and admits to feeling somewhat apprehensive, having never worked outside Spain during a 34-year coaching career.

“I’m scared that they will not understand the way I express myself,” added Aragones.

“With a Spaniard it’s easy because they can understand where I’m going with it, but I don’t know if that’s going to work with a Turk.

“If I have one thing as a coach it’s my communication with the players and those who surround me. The idea of a translator doesn’t attract me.”

However, despite his fears, Aragones is looking forward to a new challenge after four years on the Spain bench.

“I haven’t gone out of Spain much and I would have liked to have stayed, but here it would not have been easy.

“I’m going to a good team, an important club in its country that is in the qualifying stage of the Champions League. It’s an attractive challenge.”

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