Vicente del Bosque may have been publicly backed by the Spanish federation, but the 63-year-old is refusing to commit to his role beyond the World Cup.
"This is not the time to talk about my future," he told reporters, per The Guardian, ahead of Spain's final match with Australia.
Nothing has been decided about the future. No decision has been made [but] it will be made for the good of the team and federation. All I want is for Spanish football to continue working well. If I am an obstacle, I will go.
Despite La Roja's early exit in Brazil, it's hard to imagine Del Bosque is an obstacle.
He has had 89 games in charge of his country, winning 71 of them for a win percentage of 79.78 percent and seeing his side score 209 goals.
The World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships in 2012 were also won under his guidance.
And on top of all that, as recently as November 2013 he penned a new deal that takes him up to the European Championships in 2016.
There are very few candidates—at least readily available candidates—to replace him too. But if he did leave, who might the Spanish federation consider to open a new chapter in Spanish football?