Luis Enrique sacked by Spain

Luis Enrique sacked by Spain after shock World Cup exit to Morocco - GETTY IMAGES
Luis Enrique sacked by Spain after shock World Cup exit to Morocco - GETTY IMAGES

Spain coach Luis Enrique has left his job after the country's elimination in the last-16 at the World Cup, the Spanish football federation said on Twitter on Thursday.

Spain were beaten on penalties by Morocco after a goalless draw on Tuesday in an upset result after failing to turn their dominance in the game into a victory.

The 52-year-old coach said after the match that he was to blame for the defeat. Enrique, who was first appointed Spain coach in 2018, had a contract until the end of the year.

The statement read: "The sporting management of the RFEF has handed to the president a report in which it is determined a new project should start for the Spain national team, with the aim of continuing with the growth achieved in recent years thanks to the work of Luis Enrique and his coaches.

"Both the president, Luis Rubiales, and the sports director, Jose Francisco Molina, have transmitted the decision to the coach."

It added: "The RFEF energetically wishes Luis Enrique and his team the best of luck in their future professional projects."

Following Spain's exit, Enrique said he did not know what would happen next and did not not rule out carrying on.

“I can’t tell you. I don’t know this decision,” he said. “It’s not the right time to talk about my future. My contract is going to end but, as you know, I am very happy as national team coach, with the president [Luis Rubiales] and [Jose Francisco] Molina and I have always had great support from the president and sporting director.

"I could always carry on but I need to speak to the relevant people and everything will be influential I am sure.”

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