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Enrique Launches Scathing Response At 'Disloyal' Ex-Spain Boss

An internal war in the Spain national team camp seemingly continues to rage on after returning manager Luis Enrique launched a scathing response at his recently sacked predecessor. 

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Spain are embroiled in a bitter war of words involving current manager Enrique and former boss Robert Moreno after the latter was sacked to make way for the ex-FC Barcelona boss' return to the position. 

Enrique was previously in charge of the two-time European champions but stepped down from his role earlier in the year after his daughter took ill and tragically passed away. 

Moreno, who had previously served as Enrique's assistant at Celta Vigo, Roma, Barcelona and Spain, was brought in to replace the 49-year-old and successfully secured La Furia Roja's qualification for the 2020 UEFA European Championship. 

He was then removed from his role to allow for Enrique's return, as had reportedly been agreed, but was seen to be angered at the Spanish Football Federation's decision not to allow him to oversee the nation's Euro 2020 campaign. 

Enrique has since hit out at his former friend and colleague, branding him as disloyal and overly ambitious, and confirmed he did not want him back as part of his backroom staff. 

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"The only person responsible for the fact that Robert Moreno is not in the coaching staff is myself," Enrique said, as reported by Sky Sport.

"We met in my house in September, he told me he wanted to take charge of the team at the Euros and that if I wanted, he would have gone back to being my assistant afterwards.

"I understand, he's ambitious and he worked very hard to become head coach of the national team, but he's been disloyal, and I think this is a big flaw.

"I don't want people like this in my staff. I told him that I am strong and I have the determination, but he would not be part of my team.

"Then, in a meeting in October, I told the Federation that they didn't owe me anything. They just showed they were interested for me to come back and I gave my point of view.

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"I feel responsible, I'm not proud of how everything panned out, we have to mirror the values that we share, fairness, honesty and sincerity. I'm not the good guy, or the bad guy either."

Do you think Spain should have kept Moreno on for their Euro 2020 campaign? Share your thoughts by commenting below. 


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