World Cup 2022: Spain boss Luis Enrique leaves role after last-16 exit

Luis Enrique has left his role as Spain manager after they were knocked out of the World Cup by Morocco.

The 52-year-old took charge of the side in 2018 and guided Spain to the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said a “new project” should start but did not put a time frame on when a new boss would be announced.

“We would like to thank Luis Enrique and his entire coaching staff,” the RFEF said in a statement.

The former Spain midfielder stepped away from his role for a short period in 2019 because his late daughter had been diagnosed with bone cancer, before returning for the side’s impressive Euros run in the tournament that was delayed by a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Spain were knocked out of the Euros by eventual champions Italy after their semi-final went to a penalty shootout.

They thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening group game of the World Cup but their possession-based game saw them accused of being “boring” as they drew 1-1 with Germany and lost 2-1 to Japan.

On Tuesday, Spain were held to a goalless draw by Morocco before again losing a penalty shootout as they were knocked out.

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