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Enrique to return as Spain coach months after stepping down to care for family

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Luis Enrique is returning as Spain manager five months after stepping down to care for his family.

The 49-year-old who had served 11 months with the national team, resigned in June “for personal reasons,” before announcing in August that his nine-year-old daughter, Xana, had died from bone cancer.

Enrique was replaced by his assistant, Robert Moreno, who was in charge as Spain beat Romania 5-0 on Monday, wrapping up their qualification for Euro 2020 without losing a game.

Moreno, who also worked under Enrique at Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona, said after taking the job he would “step aside” if Enrique ever wanted to return.

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At a news conference on Tuesday, Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales said: “Everyone knew that if Luis Enrique wanted to come back he had the doors open.

“Luis Enrique will continue to the Qatar World Cup [in 2022].”

Enrique was appointed Spain boss following their exit from the 2018 World Cup in the last 16.

He was in charge for the Nations League, where Spain failed to reach the semi-finals, and remained in place for the beginning of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

The Spaniard travelled back home for personal reasons and Moreno was placed in temporary charge.

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