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"It's a bittersweet day" says Moreno after replacing Enrique as Spain national coach

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'It's a bittersweet day' says Moreno after replacing Enrique as Spain national coach

"It's a bittersweet day" says Moreno after replacing Enrique as Spain national coach

Robert Moreno says "it's a bittersweet day" after replacing Luis Enrique as Spain's national soccer coach who has stepped down for personal reasons.


"It's a bittersweet day" says Moreno after replacing Enrique as Spain national coach


(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH SOCCER SQUAD COACH, ROBERT MORENO, SAYING: "It's a bittersweet day, more bitter than sweet.

I always hoped to be the first coach but I didn't think it would happen this way.

Regardless, we continue to feel great responsibility with the mission entrusted to us.

We will try to be honest and give back the work we have put in since March, the last time with Luis from a distance.

I can tell you little more.

It's very difficult in these circumstances for me to have to face something that at any other moment would have been very good, but it's something we accept and we will work with honesty, professionalism, trying to leave high the work that Luis has left and if possible, getting to the Euro Cup and winning it, why not?" 2.

SPANISH SOCCER FEDERATION SPORTING DIRECTOR JOSE FRANCISCO MOLINA, SPANISH SOCCER FEDERATION CHIEF LUIS RUBIALES, AND NEWLY APPOINTED SPANISH SOCCER SQUAD COACH ROBERT MORENO POSING FOR PHOTO STORY: Spain coach Luis Enrique resigned from the team on Wednesday (June 19), three months after temporarily stepping aside for personal reasons, with his number two Robert Moreno taking on the role permanently.

"Owing to the fact that the circumstances which have prevented me from carrying out my role as coach since March continue today I have decided to leave the role," Luis Enrique said in a brief statement on the Spain team's website.

Federation president Luis Rubiales held a news conference after the former coach made public his resignation thanking the media for respecting Luis Enrique's situation before presenting new Spanish squad coach Robert Moreno.

Luis Enrique, 49, became Spain coach last July after their exit from the 2018 World Cup to hosts Russia under interim coach Fernando Hierro after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament for negotiating a move to Real Madrid.

A former coach with AS Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona, Luis Enrique took charge of Spain's UEFA Nations League campaign, where they failed to reach the semi-finals, finishing second in their group behind England.

He began their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 home win over Norway while Spain have won every game since Moreno took temporary charge, beating Malta 2-0 in March and winning 4-1 at the Faroe Islands and defeating Sweden 3-0 at home this month.

Forty-one-year-old Moreno, who has no experience as a first team manager apart from in the last three months as the national team's caretaker coach said it was a bittersweet day for him.

Rubiales said that he did not consider any other candidates to take the vacant role.

(Production: Marco Trujillo, Anna Valderrama, Catherine Macdonald)

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