Luis Enrique: Spain manager steps down for personal reasons

Luis Enrique has stepped down as Spain coach for personal reasons and replaced by assistant Robert Moreno after less than a year in charge.

The former Barcelona boss took charge of Spanish team with a two-year contract in July 2018 after the dismal run of La Rojas in the 2018 World Cup ended in round of 16.

Enrique had left the team camp in March because of “a family matter of an urgent nature” according to the Spanish Football Federation.

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

“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.”

In a brief statement on the RFEF website, Enrique later thanked staff at the federation “for the faith they have shown me and for understanding the situation”.

The successor of Pep Guardiola at Barcelona returned home for an urgent family matter before Spain’s 2-0 victory in Malta in March and his assistant Moreno was placed in temporary charge of the 2010 World Champions.

Moreno, 41 was assistant to Enrique at Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona before joining up with the national team.