Robert Moreno has released a lengthy statement following his departure as Spain manager in which he wished his successor Luis Enrique well but stated that he felt betrayed.
Moreno took over on an interim basis in March and was then appointed permanently in June after Enrique’s daughter, Xana, was taken ill having been diagnosed with cancer. Xana passed away in August.
Moreno had worked as Enrique’s assistant at Roma, Celta Vigo, Barcelona and Spain but won’t be returning to his previous position.
Gerard Moreno said ‘it is impossible to please everyone’ following his departure as Spain boss
Moreno was replaced by Luis Enrique despite winning seven of his nine games in charge
Despite overseeing seven wins in nine games, and qualification for Euro 2020, Moreno was replaced by Enrique, leaving him livid.
As reported by Marca, Moreno’s statement read: ‘After what happened in these last days and after the agreement reached on Tuesday, November 19, I feel the need to make a statement to thank the support received during these months and say goodbye to the position of national coach.
‘Faced with an extreme situation like the one we lived in Malta, I had to assume the leadership of everyone’s team. The objective of the classification entrusted to me has been achieved comfortably. I wish this situation had never occurred. Now we would be equally classified.
‘Assessing the last hours in office or even the last days, would only serve to enter a spiral of reproaches and justifications for each of the parties. I am not going to do it. I don’t see any sense.’
Enrique (centre) and Moreno (second right) worked together for many years, including at Barcelona
Moreno thanked his players for the contributions that they made and says that he will carry the Spain fans ‘forever in my heart’.
‘I have a clear conscience. It is impossible to please everyone, but I sincerely tell you that I respect all and all opinions.
‘I have always maintained that I am a man of my word, which would not be an impediment in the event that Luis Enrique decided to retrain. I have done so even though it has meant my departure. I wish him well because his joys will be ours.
‘Thanks to all the players for their dedication and delivery in all concentrations. I have tried to be fair, honest and direct with them. I wanted to help them develop their task in the field in the best possible way.
Moreno apologised for failing to attend his press conference after the win against Romania
‘I want to emphasise that it would not have been possible for me to develop this task without Luis Enrique, Rafel, Joaquin and Jesus. I don’t lose a staff, what I leave behind are friends. Without forgetting the auxiliaries, very important people in a team and who are never sufficiently recognized
‘I have felt the affection of the people and I can only say thank you. Thanks to the hundreds of strangers who have come to cheer me up and congratulate me. I carry you forever in my heart.’
Moreno also apologised for failing to attend his post-match press conference following the game against Romania.
‘I thank all the members of the Royal Spanish Football Federation for the treatment received during my stay in the national team. I have felt loved and respected.
‘And finally a special mention to the media for the treatment you have given me at all times. You have been very insightful in all press conferences. I have tried to be respectful to everyone and I have tried to serve without distinction and trying to be kind and sincere.
The 42-year-old said that his experience as coach started and ended ‘with bittersweet flavour’
‘I hope you value me for what I have done, not for who I am. It is what I have tried to do in the selection with the players in each call. I don’t want to stop apologizing to anyone who feels offended for not giving the last press conference. Circumstances prevented me.
‘My experience as an absolute coach began and ended in the same way, with bittersweet flavour. I have to look forward and face new challenges as a coach in my passion, football. I am prepared to face the challenge of leading new projects.’
Moreno reportedly embarking upon an emotional rant in the dressing room following Spain’s 5-0 victory against Romania in Madrid on Monday.
Despite having worked closely together during the last eight years, relations between Moreno and Enrique are said to be strained.
Enrique won five of his seven games in charge during his initial spell as Spain boss.