Another year of change for the Spanish national team
Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has stepped down as the Spanish national team boss after 11 months in charge, due to personal reasons.
Enrique left Barcelona back in 2017, citing a need for rest as his reason for leaving.
“I need to rest. It’s been three unforgettable years,” he explained, as quoted by the Guardian.
“It’s a very difficult decision for me, one I’ve thought about a lot, but I think I need to be true to myself and fair to my way of thinking.”
Enrique joined Spain as national team boss on the back of the controversial saga involving Julen Lopetegui last year.
Lopetegui was sacked just before the 2018 World Cup, with Fernando Hierro having replaced him.
Hierro didn’t do enough to keep the job, though, and was eventually replaced by Enrique.
Now, assistant manager Robert Moreno will take charge after Enrique left today.
“It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself, which we are grateful for”
Speaking about Enrique’s departure, Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales revealed that the tactician’s exit was related to a personal matter that ‘doesn’t depend on us’.
“It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself, which we are grateful for,” Rubiales explained, as quoted by the BBC.
“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.”
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Chelsea’s Kepa on taking David De Gea’s Spain spot
There’s been a lot of change in the Spanish national team recently.
One big change is that Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has replaced David De Gea as the number one goalkeeper.
Now, the former has spoken out over his new role.