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Luis Enrique did refuse to comment on his future at the end of the penalty shootout in which Spain was eliminated from the World Cup by Morocco, but the morning after the round of 16, the coach continues to be strong in the spotlight and the man who absorbs most of the fire in the Spanish media, where naturally they mainly deal with the question of whether he will continue along the lines of ‘La Ruha’.
In the main headline of the ‘AS’ this morning (Wednesday) it is written that there are “big doubts about Luis Enrique”, while it is also reported that there are differences of opinion in the Spanish association regarding the continuation of the coach’s path. According to the media in Spain, the fact that Luis Enrique postponed the decision regarding the extension of his contract after the World Cup, is now really not to the coach’s credit. In fact, it was the first time that Spain appeared at the World Cup with a coach whose contract had expired. It is also written that it is not impossible that the crash in Qatar will lower Luis Enrique’s status as one of the leading candidates to replace Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.
The other issue that is the responsibility of Luis Enrique is the whole salary issue. The coach earns more than twice as much as Vicente de Bosque, who led ‘La Roja’ to its first and only victory in history at the World Cup in South Africa, when the amount in question is over three million euros per year. In Spain, they also don’t like Luis Enrique’s statements in the media, which is also not to the coach’s credit.
In ‘Marca’, on the morning of the relegation, they mainly dealt with the continuous failure of the team, while on the popular website the main headline dealt with “Spain’s worst streak”, with eight years of failures in the World Cup, when in fact since that victory 12 years ago, the team has not been able to pass the Round of 16.