Luis Enrique played hard on Wednesday at his first press conference since his return as Spain's national coach to Robert Moreno. He said goodbye to his regular assistant because he felt abandoned by him.
"I am the only person responsible for Robert Moreno no longer being on my staff. The disagreement with Robert came into being on September 12, the only day I had contact with him," Enrique began his story.
"He called me, came to my house and said that he wanted to do the EC himself and that he would be my assistant again. I understand that he was enthusiastic, that this was the chance of his life and that he worked hard and ambitious, but for me this is a lack of loyalty. "
Enrique and Moreno worked together for years; first with AS Roma and then with Celta de Vigo, FC Barcelona and therefore the Spanish team. Moreno took over the duties of Enrique as national coach in June because he wanted to assist his now deceased daughter (9) in the fight against cancer.
Moreno qualified with Spain trouble-free and without losing points for next year's European Championship, but left the field at home against Romania (5-0) crying after the last game last week because he already knew he had to make way for Enrique.
Robert Moreno during his last match as national coach of Spain. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"I am not proud of how this went"
Moreno has not yet responded to his forced departure, but according to AS he feels "betrayed" and "abused" and he would have tried to change President Luis Rubiales of the Football Association. Enrique has little sympathy for him.
"I would never have dealt with it as Roberto myself and therefore do not want someone with such a character in my staff. I do not blame him on a professional level. On the other level I had no doubt, until it turned out that he said one but the other did. "
"I am not proud of how this went. For a moment I thought about getting Robert to do the European Championship, but then I would not have been honest with myself. I would have done that only to prevent this fuss. "
Enrique further said on his press talk that it is a special day for him and his family and that he feels strong enough to lead Spain again, as he did a few months after the disappointing World Cup last year, when Spain was already in the eighth finals was eliminated.
"Every person has their own way of grieving. We have read a lot about it at home, because it is hard to lose a daughter, but in the end you decide how to deal with it. For me, it's time to get back to work and my family supports me in that. "