NEWS
Thursday November 28 2019
Carles Puyol supports returning Spain boss Luis Enrique

Carles Puyol has voiced his support for returning Spain boss Luis Enrique - his former teammate at both club and international level.

Enrique stepped down from the role of Spain boss earlier this year to look after his terminally ill daughter, who tragically then passed away - with Robert Moreno replacing him in the hotseat.

Moreno guided Spain to the European Championships next summer with an unbeaten record - seven wins from nine games - but has now been relieved of his duties by the Spanish FA.

Moreno – previous number two at Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona – is said to be very well-liked within La Roja’s squad but had repeatedly publicly said he would step down should Enrique feel he could return to the role.

“All the luck in the world 'germà' (brother)! I love you. @LUISENRIQUE21,” Puyol said in a message on his Twitter account, directed towards Luis Enrique.

The former Blaugrana boss initially joined the club as a player in the summer of 1996, joining on a free transfer from fierce rivals Real Madrid.

He spent eight seasons in the first-team at the Camp Nou, the last five of which he was a teammate of Puyol - who was briefly his club captain, and would only retire from playing in 2014.

Luis Enrique, 49, was appointed national team boss following Spain's exit from the 2018 World Cup in the last 16.

He was in charge for the Nations League, where Spain failed to reach the semi-finals, and remained in place for the beginning of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

However, he temporarily stopped taking charge of matches from March this year before officially stepping down three months later.

Football Italia website