Luis Enrique Rejoins Spain National Team as Head Coach

Luis Enrique manager of Spain's National Team. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michael Zemanek/BPI/Shutterstock (9980807dr)

After taking a few months off from coaching after a personal tragedy, long-time Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is back at the reigns as manager of the Spanish National Team.

Enrique departed from the national team over the summer after the untimely death of his daughter Xana. At the time, Enrique asked for privacy as he grieved this terrible tragedy, taking time to step away from the game in order to grieve.

Now, Enrique has been re-appointed Spain’s manager with only about 7 months left until the UEFA Euro 2020 competition, at which La Roja will be considered one of the favorites.

Roberto Moreno, Enrique’s former assistant manager who was given the reigns of the team after Luis Enrique’s departure, was dismissed from his job by Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales on Tuesday.

After the rumor that he would be let go leaked on Monday night, Moreno left the field in tears after Spain’s 5-0 win over Romania in Madrid.

It’s a somewhat controversial decision given the circumstances surrounding the situation, but Moreno said over the summer that he would be glad to give the job back to Luis Enrique if his former boss wanted to return.

Luis Enrique is expected to make his second debut at the helm of Spain in March as the team plays friendly matches in preparation for the summer 2020 tournament.