Luis Enrique was not let go as Spain coach for his extracurricular activities such as his Twitch streams, Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales has insisted.
The former Barcelona boss was dismissed from his post following La Roja’s World Cup exit to Morocco in the last 16 earlier this month, with former youth boss Luis de la Fuente named as his replacement.
Before and during the tournament, Luis Enrique caught the eye with several additional activities, such as announcing his Qatar 2022 squad on a bike ride and streaming daily on the video site Twitch.
Some had wondered if he had paid the price in part for those distractions, but Rubiales has now sought to shut down such speculation, stating it was simply time for a change of leadership.
“I’ve read a lot of stories, that [it] was his Twitch, that it was his bicycle [rides], things like that,” Rubiales said. “But there was nothing like that.
“The three of us, the outgoing sporting director [Jose Molina], the new sporting director [Albert Luque] and I, we agreed we should start a new project. There’s nothing else.
“The relationship with Luis Enrique is magnificent. We’re very grateful to him. There were different conversations. We always said we’d talk after the World Cup.
“He didn’t tell me that he wanted to carry on. The conversation went along other lines, that a project was ending and another was beginning.”
De la Fuente was officially unveiled on Monday, and will begin his tenure in charge with Euro 2024 qualifiers against Norway and Spain next March.
Originally Posted By Punch Sports Extra