Luis Enrique sacked as Spain manager after Morocco World Cup upset

Spain have parted company with manager Luis Enrique after going out of the 2022 World Cup at the last-16 stage on penalties to Morocco.

 

WHAT HAPPENED? Luis Enrique’s time as Spain manager is up following a disappointing 2022 World Cup campaign. La Roja kicked off with an impressive 7-0 win over Costa Rica but ended up going out at the last-16 stage on penalties to Morocco. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have now confirmed Luis Enrique has been sacked as coach.

WHAT THEY SAID: “The RFEF would like to thank Luis Enrique and his entire coaching staff at the helm of the absolute national team in recent years,” read a statement. “The sports management of the RFEF has transferred to the president a report in which it is determined that a new project should start for the Spanish Soccer Team, with the aim of continuing with the growth achieved in recent years thanks to the work carried out by Luis Enrique and their collaborators. Both the president, Luis Rubiales, and the sports director, José Francisco Molina, have transmitted the decision to the coach.”

AND WHAT’S MORE: The RFEF have also announced Luis Enrique’s immediate replacement, with U21 head coach Luis de la Fuente set to be officially presented in his new role as senior boss on Monday.

A separate statement reads: ”The RFEF has chosen Luis de la Fuente as the new absolute national coach. The sports director, José Francisco Molina, has forwarded a report to the president, Luis Rubiales, in which he recommends the choice of the coach from La Rioja, until now the U-21 coach, to lead the new stage that begins after the World Cup in Qatar. Once his appointment is ratified by the board of directors, Luis de la Fuente would be presented on Monday, December 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the Luis Aragonés room of the Ciudad del Fútbol.”