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Luis Enrique quits as Spain coach ‘for personal reasons’

Barca Boss Luis Enrique announces exit

Former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique has quit his job as Spain’s national men’s team manager for reasons he described as personal.

The 49-year-old, who took over the team after their exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, served for less than a year.

Enrique had been absent since March because of “a family matter of an urgent nature” according to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

“It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself, which we are grateful for,” said Luis Rubiales, RFEF president.

He will be replaced by assistant Robert Moreno, who has been temporarily in charge since March.

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Moreno was assistant to Enrique at Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona before joining up with Spain and says he “instilled in me the knowledge of the players”.

He said: “Since I was 14 years old, I have thought about reaching the highest level, but I didn’t expect it this way.

“I’ve spent nine years with Luis training the best in the world and watching his decisions. We’re going to do a great job.”

Moreno is the fourth manager to be appointed by Spain in the past 12 months, after Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before the World Cup and replaced by Fernando Hierro

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