Spain has parted ways with manager Luis Enrique, after losing to Morocco on penalties in the last-16 of the 2022 World Cup.
The dismissal of Luis Enrique as coach has now been officially announced by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
“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.”
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.
La Roja began with a dominant 7-0 victory over Costa Rica; but lost on penalties to Morocco in the last 16 to be eliminated.
After a disappointing campaign in Qatar, it was decided not to renew Enrique’s contract. His contract was set to expire at the end of the year. Spain were expected to go deep into the tournament. However, they were only progressed to the knockout round as runners-up behind Japan in Group E. They were then eliminated by a determined Morocco team.
Spain has lost on penalties at this stage of the last two World Cups. They have also lost three of their last four games in the round of 16.