The former manager of Spain's national soccer team, Luis Aragones, confirmed in an interview published Thursday - four years after his last coaching stint - that he had no plans to return to the sidelines.
"Age has forced me to retire. And it wasn't a tough decision. Before retiring, when I left Turkey (in 2009), I knew it was going to be difficult to keep going. And now I know it's final," the 75-year-old Spaniard, who coached La Roja from 2004 to 2008, told online newspaper VozPopuli.
"There are lots of circumstances. The age, where you can coach, how you can coach. There are lots of things that lead you to say 'it's over, it's finished," he said.
The ex-striker said he did not have an "overly high opinion" of himself, adding that he was "a good player and a good coach" who did things the right way "with good and bad decisions, nothing else."
Asked if he was wronged by Spain's soccer federation after coaching the squad to victory in the 2008 Eurocup tournament, Aragones replied that officials made no attempt to keep him at the helm.
"I was already thinking that my time was over. But after winning a Eurocup the normal thing would have been for them to make more of an effort for me to stay. I wasn't going to, of course. There was no way, but it's true they didn't do anything for me to stay," he added.
Aragones, who then wrapped up his career by managing Turkish side Fenerbahçe S.K. for one season, ruled out the possibility of becoming honorary president of Atletico Madrid, a club he played for and also coached on four occasions.
"I don't see that. Atletico's current owners don't give much importance to Luis. If (they did), they would've made more of an effort to reach out. But that's not how it is," said Aragones, who also coached Betis, Barcelona, Espanyol, Sevilla, Valencia, Oviedo and Mallorca over a span of 35 years. EFE