NEWS
Friday May 17 2019
Luis Enrique 'will not present Spain squad'

Luis Enrique will not present the Spain squad for their upcoming matches against the Faroe Islands and Sweden, according to Marca.

The national team boss is unable to fulfil his duties to an ongoing personal family issue, which also caused him to miss the side’s match against Malta in March.

Roberto Moreno, Enrique’s long-term assistant who stepped in to take the helm of that match, will step into the breach for the squad announcement.

It follows on from a report in Radio Marca that Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez has emerged as a contingency plan should Enrique not be able to continue in his role going forwards.

There are multiple reports that the former Barcelona defender will not continue his role at the Basque club beyond this summer and will be in search of new employment.

It is claimed that because the former central defender is a former teammate and close friend of Enrique, there would not be a significant period of transition required between the two.

There have not yet been any contacts with Abelardo or any other potential replacement as the FA’s preference is to retain Enrique in his role.

Football Italia website