Luis Enrique steps down as Spain National Team boss

Ruben Hill
June 20, 2019

Enrique provided a written statement of his own, which read: "As the reasons that prevented me from performing my duties as a coach as normal since last March continue to this day, I have made a decision to leave the position. You have all our support and our strength".

A first-time head coach, the 40-year-old Moreno served under Enrique for almost a decade.

Spain beat England 2-1 in Luis Enrique's debut as the national team's boss at Wembley Stadium.

Moreno will replace Luis Enrique as head coach, Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales announced. He will always have the doors open in this federation.

Moreno was assistant to Enrique at Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona before joining up with Spain and says he "instilled in me the knowledge of the players".

But his first job as a head coach will be to rebuild one of the world's most talented worldwide teams.

"I think I have experience", Moreno said. "If we signed another coach, the project would have changed".

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. They also recently failed to make the UEFA Nations League semi-finals.

The 2010 world champions sit top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group F with maximum points from four fixtures.

The RFEF had expressed last month their "total commitment" to Enrique and hoped to have him for "many years in charge".

"Robert told us that if we did not want him and his staff they would leave, that they did not want to be a nuisance", said Rubiales. "These are special circumstances, but the most important thing is that we have the backing of Luis (Enrique)". "I completely believe we will do a good job". I didn't expect to be head coach this way.

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