Spain coach proven the door

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DOHA: Nothing stunning seeing big-name coaches being proven the door if their groups don’t carry out on the massive stage.

Maybe you could say it’s half and parcel of the sport and even an occupational hazard.

However hats off to Spain nationwide coach Luis Enrique who introduced his departure from worldwide soccer days after Spain misplaced to Morocco on penalties within the spherical of 16 conflict of the World Cup in Qatar. Perhaps the identical for Brazilian coach Tite after the shocker penalty-kicks loss to Croatia.

Extra inspiring, he took the blame for the workforce’s non-performance as initially of the match they appeared among the many odds-on favourites after the awe-inspiring 7-0 white-wash of Costa Rica.

Even in my opinion, I believed this was Spain’s 12 months as their strikers had been merely superior of their goalmouth finishings.


In a press release by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF), it was confirmed that the 52-year-old head coach would half methods with the nationwide workforce simply days after his facet was knocked out of the competitors in Qatar. 

The choice got here after each events agreed to not lengthen his present contract which expires on the finish of the 12 months.

“The RFEF wish to thank Luis Enrique and his whole teaching workers on the helm of absolutely the nationwide workforce in recent times,” learn a press release on the Spanish FA web site, which acknowledged {that a} report had been despatched to the president, suggesting a change in supervisor could be supreme for a “new venture” to start. 

It continued: “The coach earns the love and admiration of his collaborators within the nationwide workforce and of your complete Federation, which can all the time be his residence.”


Spain’s Beneath-21 supervisor Luis de la Fuente is predicted to switch him.

Enrique, who was first appointed Spain’s coach in 2018, had a contract till the top of the 12 months. He’s the fourth supervisor to get the boot.

De la Fuente joined the RFEF in 2013 because the Beneath-15 supervisor, having labored with gamers, similar to Marco Asensio, goalkeeper Unai Simon, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres, Pedri, Carlos Soler and Dani Olmo once they had been children.


Spain media mentioned Enrique was initially employed in 2018 to revamp a nationwide workforce that was struggling to maneuver on from the golden era of World champions from the 2010 World Cup.

Many would recommend that the previous Barcelona coach did simply that after introducing a number of kids like Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati. It’s reported that Enrique could be eager to get again into membership administration now that his stint with the nationwide facet has come to an finish.

Spain started their World Cup marketing campaign in very good style after blanking Costa Rica 7-0. The preliminary euphoria quickly turned bitter. La Roja drew 1-1 to Germany, misplaced 2-1 to Japan earlier than dropping out in penalties to Morocco.

However no matter you could summarise, the massive coaches know they should throw within the towel in the event that they don’t ship the products. 

The value of big-time soccer, maybe?

* Suresh Nair is an award-winning sports activities journalist who can also be a professional worldwide coach and worldwide referee teacher

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