Luis Enrique Steps Down as Coach of Spanish National Team

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

The Spanish Football Federation announced on Wednesday that head coach Luis Enrique had decided to step down from his position at the front of the men’s national team.

Robert Moreno, who also served on Enrique’s coaching staff at Celta Vigo, Roma, and Barcelona, will take over as La Roja’s head coach.

The circumstances regarding Enrique’s decision to leave the team have to do with personal issues. The press has respected Enrique’s privacy, not prodding into the reasons why he decided to take a step back. Some speculation has risen that one of his family members is dealing with a serious health issue, although this has not been confirmed.

Federation president Luis Rubiales stood behind Enrique’s decision at a press conference announcing his decision on Wednesday afternoon. He said that, “We have to thank Luis Enrique. We’ve learned a lot from him. We will continue to support him. He will always have the doors open in this federation. I ask the press to continue to respect him during this difficult time which is down to a personal issue.”

Enrique first left the Spanish National Team for what was deemed a temporary leave of absence back on March 26. Since then, Moreno has been in charge of the team.

Moreno will now lead Spain forward as they continue their run in the qualifiers for the Euro 2020 tournament as Enrique leaves La Roja after less than a year in charge.