Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Luis Enrique was sacked as the head coach of Spain following the team’s elimination in the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup.

Spain’s U-21 manager Luis de la Fuente has been named as his replacement by the Spanish football federation (RFEF).

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

“The RFEF has chosen Luis de la Fuente as the new (Spain) coach,” RFEF said in a statement.

Both the RFEF president Luis Rubiales and sports director, Jose Francisco Molina have informed Luis Enrique of the decision.

“The RFEF would like to thank Luis Enrique and his entire coaching staff for their work at the helm of the senior national team over the past few years. The RFEF sporting department delivered a report to the president which found that a new project for the Spain National Team should begin, aiming to continue the growth of recent years,” read the statement by RFEF.

Enrique, who was first appointed Spain coach in 2018, had a contract until the end of the year. The 52-year-old said after the Morocco match that he was to blame for the defeat. It is also confirmed that Luis will return to club football once again.

During his stint as the coach of Spain, Luis got his country to three consecutive semi-finals in 2020 European Championship and twice in the UEFA Nations League.