Robert Moreno insists he has "a clear conscience" after his stint as Spain head coach ended with Luis Enrique's return to the role, although he acknowledged "a bittersweet feeling".
Enrique took charge of La Roja for the first time in July closing year, nonetheless stepped aside for non-public reasons in March sooner than resigning in June to preserve 9-year-weak daughter Xanita, who died of bone most cancers on the live of August.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed the unexpected coaching change on Tuesday, bringing an end to Moreno's brief stint in charge of the 2010 World Cup winners.
Ahead of the Romania match, Spain's final qualifying fixture, he reportedly learned of the RFEF's plans to replace him and is said to have been upset with the handling of Luis Enrique's return.
"Faced with an extreme situation like the one we experienced in Malta, I had to assume the leadership of the national team", Moreno said, as reported by AS. We would have liked to have done it differently but it wasn't our fault'.
Moreno, an global relations graduate who had no playing career, was thrust into the biggest job in Spanish football in unusual circumstances following Luis Enrique's resignation in June.
Moreno stated that he did not have any ill feelings towards Enrique and added that it was not possible to thank everyone.
"Luis Enrique will continue till 2022 World Cup in Qatar".
The former manager said that he respected everyone and the decision that was taken and also said that he was a man of his word as he would never stand in the way if Enrique chose to return to the dugout. He continued to manage the team from a distance, with Moreno on the bench on his behalf.
"Yesterday, we received a call from Robert Moreno".
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"This should be a happy day as Luis Enrique is back after everything he has been through", said Rubiales. And we have kept our word. "That is our job".