MADRID, 1 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Spanish coach Roberto Martínez has announced this Thursday, after the 0-0 defeat against Croatia in the last day of the group stage that has meant the elimination of the team from the World Cup in Qatar, his resignation to continue being the Belgian coach.
"There will be farewell hugs. It's my last game with this team. It's a very emotional moment, as you can imagine," he announced at the press conference after the match.
In this sense, the Catalan coach explained that this decision was not influenced by the elimination, but that it was taken before the start of the event. "I was going to leave anyway, whatever happened, even if we became world champions. I made that decision just before the World Cup," he acknowledged.
Martínez, 49 years old and whose contract expired at the end of the year, took over as coach in 2016, and guided the 'Red Devils' to third place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, in recent years there has been faced numerous criticisms for failing to take advantage of the 'golden generation' of soccer in the country.
With this, the former coach of Swansea, Wigan or Everton, among others, says goodbye to the national team with a mark of 56 wins -more than any other Belgian coach in a single stage-, 13 draws and 11 losses in four years.