Roberto Moreno told stunned Spain players ‘they’ve tossed me aside, they’ve left me thrown aside’ in tearful dressing room rant before walking out on national team after being replaced by returning Luis Enrique
- Roberto Moreno was left in tears at news he was being replaced as Spain boss
- Luis Enrique is returning, months after quitting to care for his dying daughter
- Moreno has now refused to return to being his assistant as he feels ‘betrayed’
Roberto Moreno’s final act as Spain boss saw him reportedly let out an emotional rant to his players in the dressing room after a dramatic u-turn saw Luis Enrique return as manager.
Spanish outlet MARCA report that Moreno, returning to the dressing room after a 5-0 win over Romania in Madrid, left players in shock having been calm despite speculation of his exit earlier in the day.
‘They’ve tossed me aside, they’ve tossed me aside, they’ve left me thrown aside,’ he is reported to have exclaimed as he came into the dressing room teary-eyed.
Roberto Moreno gave a tearful speech to his Spain stars before he was dismissed from the job
Spain have confirmed their incredible u-turn by re-appointing Luis Enrique as their manager
Moreno took over in June after Enrique’s daughter, Xana, was taken ill having been diagnosed with cancer. Xana passed away in August aged nine.
Having led his country unbeaten through eight matches in charge, former Barcelona assistant Moreno looks to be departing the national team entirely after being removed as head coach.
Relations between Enrique and Moreno, who have worked together for the last nine years, are said to be strained and FA president Luis Rubiales refused to comment on whether the departing boss would stay in the Spain set-up on Tuesday morning.
Spain mustered a 12-0 aggregate scoreline from Moreno’s last two matches in qualifying
Rubiales has insisted that ‘the doors of the federation and the national team will remain open to him’. But Moreno, who is said to feel ‘used and betrayed’, doesn’t share that thought, it appears.
Having given his emotional rant, Moreno is said to have wished his players luck going forward with a nod to the European Championships, which he helped them qualify for.
Moreno did not want to attend the post-match press conference amid talk of Enrique’s return.
The reports in Spain detail how Rubiales phoned Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets – two captains in the national team set-up – and another unnamed player to discuss the decision to bring back Enrique, but the bulk of the squad were largely kept in the dark regarding managerial changes.
Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales confirmed the news of Enrique’s return on…