Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz said he would not quit the post despite returning empty-handed from the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The 57-year-old Mozambique-born coach - who was, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, the focus of criticism for Portugal's last-16 defeat by European champions Spain - said that there was no dishonour in their failing to win the Trophy for the first time.
"It is totally out of the question (resigning)," said Queiroz, formerly assistant coach to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. "If the national coach must resign for having lost 1-0 against Spain in the last 16 of the World Cup then there is something that is not right.
If the national coach must resign for having lost 1-0 against Spain in the last 16 of the World Cup then there is something that is not right.
"Spain is one of the big favourites. We haven't succeeded in winning. That will be for the next one," added Queiroz, who is in his second spell in charge of the national side having been at the helm from 1991-93.
Queiroz, who is credited for unearthing the 'golden generation' of Portuguese players such as Luis Figo and Rui Costa who ended up reaching the Euro 2004 final, said that he would be looking towards qualifying for the 2012 European Championships.
"Continuity is assured," said Queiroz, who has also coached South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Real Madrid among others. "For the moment we are going to rest and then do better in the next challenge ... and try and win over two or three discontented supporters."