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Robert Moreno says he had “mixed feelings” when he was promoted to Spain head coach in June.The 42-year-old from Catalonia always had designs on a top job in football having worked as an assistant for much of his career, but the circumstances in which he landed the role vacated by Luis Enrique were not ideal.Moreno had worked alongside his friend at Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona before they were both recruited by the national side. However, this summer Enrique stepped down from his position because of his daughter’s illness and Moreno was charged with leading the former world champions.The new Spain coach sat down with Guillem Balague and recalled that period in a revealing interview for BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.Listen to the Robert Moreno interview here on BBC SoundsMoreno also touched on other topics in the wide-ranging interview, including:Stopping games in the event of racist chantingEngland being favourites for Euro 2020, along with France and BelgiumSergio Ramos thriving on “hate”Lionel Messi, “the best player in history”
Luis Enrique (left) and Robert Moreno began their coaching partnership at Roma in 2011’I had no public profile’Former Spain international Enrique held the head coach role for 11 months before leaving in June as his daughter continued treatment for bone cancer. Xana, aged nine, died two months later.”It was a shame how I got this job because our leader Luis Enrique had a family problem. “Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish football federation, asked me to lead the team. All the time I wanted to be a coach, but this was not the way I wanted it to happen. Luis Enrique told me to accept the role. The situation was not one you can choose or chan
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