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Robert Moreno replaces Luis Enrique who ends short Spain stint

Robert Moreno replaces Luis Enrique who ends short Spain stint

Robert Moreno has replaced Luis Enrique as head coach of the Spanish national side after the latter called time on his spell in charge due to personal reasons.

Enrique had not been available to guide his side past Malta, Faroe Islands and Sweden – allowing Moreno to impress and guide Spain to three victories.

A personal family issue is said to have kept the former Barcelona boss out and that has now been confirmed as the reason for his decision to leave his role in charge.

Moreno, Enrique’s long term assistant – has now been announced as the permanent boss, having spent time under Enrique as his number two at Roma, Celta Vigo and Barca.

Spanish Football Association president Luis Rubiales confirmed the news at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon and backed Moreno to bring success to La Roja.

“Luis Enrique announces that he will not continue as Coach,” Rubiales told reporters.

“You (the press) have respected this situation a lot, you will continue to respect him in the same way. I have to thank Luis Enrique, he has been with the Federation and we will always have the doors of the Federation and the national team open for him.

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“We believe in this team, we want to continue counting on this team. In a moment of tremendous difficulty we want to confirm that we have the commitment of these professionals, both Molina and I believe that they are great professionals to follow this work.

“Robert as Coach, with the same times as the contract (as number two) that was signed, he will be in charge of taking us to the European Championship and to play a strong tournament – we have total confidence in him.

“This is a decision of Luis Enrique himself, to whom we thank all the work he has done, he has been a magnificent professional.

“We called the captains 15 minutes before this and there is no doubt about how Robert works.”

Spain have won four out of four games in their Group F European Qualifiers, scoring 11 and conceding just two goals in the process.