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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 September 2006, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Spain boss facing calls to quit
Luis Aragones
Luis Aragones troops after the field after Wednesday's defeat
Spain boss Luis Aragones is facing calls for his resignation after his side's shock defeat by Northern Ireland in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier.

Daily newspaper El Mundo said that Spain had "made fools of themselves" in the 3-2 defeat while El Pais called the result a "complete disaster".

Aragones said he was to blame for the defeat but added he would not resign.

"I'm not going to resign, but they (the Spanish Federation) can take whatever measures they want to," he said.

Before the World Cup Aragones said he would resign if his side did not reach the quarter-finals, but he went back on his decision after they were eliminated by France in the first knockout round.

He has kept faith with the same players and same 4-3-3 system that he used at the World Cup and rejected calls to introduce new blood into the team.

"The main responsibility lies with the coach, I didn't adopt the right tactics," he said after the match.

"Spain are a better side than our opponents, but they have dealt us a severe blow that has made qualification for Euro 2008 more difficult.

"But I'm not thinking about giving up the post. I'm happy in the job and keen to continue, just as I was when I decided to continue after the World Cup."

Spain's defeat left them in fifth place in Group F with three points from two games, three behind group leaders Sweden.

The two teams meet in Sweden in the next qualifier on 7 Oct.

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