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Who could replace Vicente del Bosque as manager of Spain?

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England weren't the only nation to crash out of the Euros on Monday, with the Spanish national side making their exit at the last-16 just two hours previously.

While the furore regarding Roy Hodgson's capitulation has dominated English headlines, the Spanish media have taken a more respectful approach, sparing Vicente del Bosque criticism and lamenting instead the fact their world dominance has very clearly ended.

The front cover of Marca, Spain's leading sports paper, was sombre to say the least. A white background with the dates 2008-2016 and the words 'it was nice while it lasted. We're no longer the best', filling the front page.


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So while a nation mourns the end of its glory days, here are three contenders who could replace Del Bosque in the coming weeks.

Joaquin Caparros

This 60-year-old from Seville is emerging as the most likely candidate to replace Del Bosque.

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Despite having managed all over Spain for more than 25 years, Caparros is not currently attached to a club as he was sacked by Granada CF 18 months ago.

Speaking to Cadana Ser radio station, he said: “Of course I would be thrilled to be the next Spain coach, just like any other coach,” as reported in The Guardian.

The Mirror reported another interview with Caparros, who when asked what he would bring to the job, replied: “Joy, excitement, hard work and experience.


"I have been in charge for over 500 matches in the top flight and what I enjoy most is working with the youth team players."

Paco Jemez

The 46-year-old from Las Palmas has just signed a contract with Granada, seemingly ruling himself out of the race, yet the contract includes a clause that would release him if La Roja come calling.

Although not as experienced as Caparros, having only begun his managerial career in 2007, Jemez is a popular choice as he favours attacking styles of play and is charismatic to say the least.


He told Cadana Ser, again per The Guardian: "The national team only comes once in a lifetime and you either take it or it’s over.”

Julen Lopetegui

This former Spanish goalkeeper is 49 and hails from the Basque Country.

He managed the Spanish youth teams between 2010 and 2014, before taking the helm at top Portuguese club, FC Porto.

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He was sacked in January of this year and remains unattached to a club.

He will be a strong contender in terms of continuity, and will know many of the players from his four years of coaching the youngsters.

While the FA are struggling to attract interested candidates to the top job in England, the Spanish Federation have a number of experienced options, all clamouring to be appointed Vicente del Bosque's successor.

Who should Spain appoint as their next manager? Let us know YOUR suggestions in the comment section below!

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