Luis Enrique resigns as Spain’s coach

Tanya Simon
June 20, 2019

Luis Enrique has stepped down as manager of Spain for personal reasons.

Luis Enrique said in a statement published by the federation that "due to reasons that have impeded me from carrying out the normal tasks as the national team coach since March, today I have chose to step down". Assistant coach Robert Moreno and the coaching team had filled in for him during that time. "But I did not expect it this way, and Luis has agreed and supported us".

Now, Luis Enrique has made the decision to step away from the national team and has given his blessing for Rubiales to name a successor.

The federation said that Moreno will be its coach through the 2020 European Championship. This is his first job as a head coach.

Enrique joined Spain as national team boss after the saga with Julen Lopetegui past year.

Moreno said: "I want to thank you [the RFEF] for placing your trust in us". I have been a sponge and absorbed all I can.

"A year ago we started a sports project that is going great and we wanted to continue that project".

The ex-Barcelona manager has missed the last three Spain matches due to personal reasons.

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He will be Spain's fourth head coach in 12 months.

Moreno had been a part of Enrique's coaching staff at Roma, Celta Vigo, and Barcelona.

"I have mixed feelings". "I'm sad but I feel the responsibility".

"We will try to leave Luis Enrique's work at the top, get to the Euros and win it".

It has been a topsy-turvy year for Spain's coaches.

Enrique's appointment came after his country suffered a surprise penalty shoot-out defeat to hosts Russian Federation in the second round of last summer's World Cup. The team then flopped under caretaker coach Fernando Hierro.

Spain's next fixtures are the Euro 2020 qualifiers in September against Romania and the Faroe Islands.

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