Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 11 December 2019

Luis Enrique back as Spain coach five months after stepping away

Moreno out despite guiding his team to 5-0 win over Romania in their final Euro 2020 qualifier

Luis Enrique is back as Spain coach. AFP
Luis Enrique is back as Spain coach. AFP

The Spanish football federation confirmed Luis Enrique's return as national coach on Tuesday.

Enrique makes a sensational return five months after resigning from the post due to the illness of his daughter Xana who sadly passed away in September.

Enrique replaces Robert Moreno who oversaw Spain's 5-0 win over Romania in their final Euro 2020 qualifier.

Moreno decided to skip all his press duties following victory at the Wanda Metropolitano after reports emerged before kick-off that he will not lead the team at next year's Euros.

This is Spain's fourth coaching change in only two years and is reminiscent of Julen Lopetegui's sacking on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.

Fernando Hierro took charge during that tournament and then his replacement, Luis Enrique, stood down in June to take care of his daughter, after which Moreno was promoted in his place.

Spain also won all three games when Moreno took temporary charge between March and June while Enrique was on leave.

Updated: November 19, 2019 03:59 PM

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