Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique Steps Down As Spain’s National Team Manager, Replaced By Robert Moreno

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Luis Enrique has stepped down from his post as Spain’s head coach after less than a year in charge due to "a family matter of an urgent nature." He will be replaced by his assistant, Robert Moreno.

The former Barcelona manager, who signed a two-year contract in July 2018 when he took over the national team following their exit from the 2018 World Cup in the last 16, has been excused from La Roja's last three games to deal with family issues.

Following his absence since March, it was speculated that the 49-year-old was going to quite the job and now the rumours have been made official by both the former player and the Spanish Football Federation.

"It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself, which we are grateful for," Luis Rubiales, President of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said.

"We will have a perfect memory of him. It's a personal matter which doesn't depend on us. We think it's the best thing to do.

"We are convinced that the best response is the most prepared team, and that team is represented by Robert [Moreno] and his group, who arrived with Luis Enrique."

"He will continue on the same duration of the contract that was already signed. He will be in charge of taking us to Euro 2020 and of doing a good job if we qualify."

Robert Moreno, speaking after the appointment, said: "I want to thank you [the RFEF] for placing your trust in us. It's a bittersweet day.

"Since I was 14 years old, I have thought about reaching the highest level, but I didn't expect it this way.

"I've spent nine years with Luis training the best in the world and watching his decisions. We're going to do a great job."

Enrique later thanked the staff at the federation in a brief statement on the RFEF website.

"As the reasons preventing me from carrying out my duties as national team coach since March continue today, I've decided to step down.

"I'd like to thank the staff and players for their professionalism. Not forgetting the media for your discretion and respect."

The new Spain boss is the fourth manager the country has appointed in the past 12 months after Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before the World Cup and replaced by Fernando Hierro.

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