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Moreno steps into Spain hotseat after Enrique quits

 

Stepping down: Former Spain manager Luis Enrique
Stepping down: Former Spain manager Luis Enrique

By Robert Jones

Luis Enrique has stepped down as head coach of Spain after just 11 months in the job.

The 49-year-old, appointed last July, had not coached La Roja since March due to a personal issue.

Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales announced Enrique's departure, with assistant coach Robert Moreno set to replace him.

"Luis Enrique has announced that he will not continue as coach," said Rubiales.

"I have to thank Luis Enrique.

"The doors of the federation and the national team will remain open to him." Enrique signed a two-year contract following his country's disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia.

Spain won eight of 10 matches during his tenure, with the 2010 world champions sitting top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group F with maximum points from four fixtures.

Moreno presided over the most recent three of those wins, a 2-0 success in Malta in March followed by victories over the Faroe Islands and Sweden.

Rubiales added: "The decision of the RFEF is to trust Robert Moreno as the coach, he will continue with the same duration of the contract that was already signed.

"He will be in charge of taking us to Euro 2020 and to make a good job of it if we qualify."

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