Luis Enrique will not continue as coach of Spain after the elimination of the team in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation reported on Thursday that it has been determined to “start a new project” for the team.

The 52-year-old’s departure comes two days after La Roja lost to Morocco 3-0 in a penalty shootout following a goalless draw after 120 minutes.

It was the third consecutive World Cup in which Spain failed to survive beyond the round of 16.

Luis Enrique took over the reins of the national team in July 2018, taking over from Fernando Hierro. He led the team to the semifinals of the European Championship in 2021.

In a statement, the Spanish federation said that the change in coach is aimed at “continuing the growth achieved in recent years thanks to the work carried out by Luis Enrique and his collaborators.”

He added that Luis Enrique “managed to give new impetus to the national team since his arrival, in 2018, through a profound renovation that has consolidated a generational change in the team and in Spanish football.”

“He opted for young talent and has sown hope for the future of the Spanish team,” he said.

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