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World Cup 2010: Spain coach Del Bosque 'will keep job'

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque
Del Bosque is a former Real Madrid player and manager

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has been told he will remain in the job regardless of how the team perform at the World Cup.

The reigning European champions were among the pre-tournament favourites but suffered a shock loss to Switzerland in their opening match in Group H.

"Whatever happens, Del Bosque will continue as coach," said Spanish federation president Angel Villar Mar.

He also said "it's not a disaster if we don't get out of the first phase".

Del Bosque is under contract until after Spain defend their title at the 2012 European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.


Under his guidance, Spain have won 25 out of 27 games, but their defeat at the hands of Switzerland was the first major upset at the World Cup in South Africa.

Spain's second game comes against Honduras on Monday and Del Bosque will be desperate for a win.

Fernando Torres has stressed the Spanish would not let their unexpected situation compromise their style of play, regardless of the possible consequences.

"If we go down we will do so remaining true to our ideas," said the 26-year-old striker, who hopes to start against Honduras after only being on the bench against Switzerland.

"The important thing is to stick to our style, which is what makes us win,

"We must not go crazy and start changing things but retain our confidence in the qualities which have made us one of the favourites.

"We are not going to start playing a long ball game, or put pressure on our opponents by pinning them in their own area or being cagey and staying back - that is not the Spanish way. Spain want the ball.

"If you have a Xavi, a [Xabi] Alonso, a [Sergio] Busquets, a [Cesc] Fabregas and you haven't got the ball then you are doing something wrong."

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