Luis Enrique returns as Spain manager just three months after tragic death of his daughter as tearful Robert Moreno makes way

19 Nov

Luis Enrique has returned to the role of Spain manager, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have announced.

The former Barcelona boss stepped down from his position in charge of the national team in June to care for his nine-year-old daughter, Xana, who tragically passed away in August after a five-month battle with bone cancer.

Enrique is back as Spain boss, five months after leaving the role
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Enrique was replaced by his assistant Robert Moreno, who picked up seven wins and two draws in his nine games at the helm.

His last in charge was the 5-0 win over Romania on Monday, which saw Spain finish five points clear in Euro 2020 qualifying Group F.

Following that match, Moreno was informed he would be replaced by Enrique and it has been widely reported that he was left in tears in the dressing room upon discovering the news.

Moreno exited the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium without speaking to the media and it is understood he will not revert to his previous role as assistant boss, with suggestions he feels betrayed over the way Enrique’s return was handled.

Enrique and Moreno had previously worked together for nine years at Roma, Barcelona and then at international level.

“Today we can confirm that Luis Enrique will return to his position,” said Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

“We have acted sincerely, we have not deceived anyone. Everyone knew that if Luis Enrique wanted to come back he had the doors open.

“Luis Enrique will continue to the Qatar World Cup.”

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Earlier this month, it was reported that Arsenal had made contact with Enrique over the possibility of becoming their next manager.

Spanish media outlet El Confidencial claimed Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi had sounded out a number potential candidates to take over from Unai Emery, should results not improve.

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