December 28, 2019 / 10:19 PM / 2 months ago

Moreno given Monaco opportunity after Jardim sacked

(Reuters) - Former Spain coach Robert Moreno was named as AS Monaco manager on Saturday after Leonardo Jardim was sacked by the Ligue 1 team for the second time, offering the long-time assistant his first shot at club management.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group F - Spain v Romania - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - November 18, 2019 Spain coach Robert Moreno REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

“AS Monaco announces the end of its collaboration with coach Leonardo Jardim. Former Spain national team coach Robert Moreno takes over first-team duties in an agreement that runs until 2022,” said a club statement.

Moreno has spent the bulk of his career as an assistant to Luis Enrique but became Spain coach in June after the Barcelona great stepped down from the role after his daughter Xana was diagnosed with cancer. She tragically passed away in August.

Moreno led Spain to Euro 2020 qualification as runaway Group F winners, earning four victories and two draws as head coach as well as three wins while in temporary charge of the team while Luis Enrique was on leave.

The 42-year-old was expected to remain in charge of Spain until the end of next year’s tournament until Luis Enrique decided to return to the role in November and declared he no longer wanted to work with Moreno due to a personal falling out.

Luis Enrique claimed in a news conference that Moreno had wanted to take charge of the team at Euro 2020 before allowing his former boss to return to the role, describing his long-time colleague as “disloyal”.

Moreno, an international relations graduate who did not play football professionally, worked alongside Luis Enrique at AS Roma, Celta Vigo, Barca and with Spain as well as having a short stint at Celta as assistant to Juan Carlos Unzue.

Jardim led Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and a remarkable run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2017 but was relieved of his duties in October 2018 following a disastrous start to the season.

The Portuguese coach was appointed again little more than three months later, however, after his successor Thierry Henry was dismissed.

He departs once more with the principality club seventh in Ligue 1, 17 points adrift of leaders Paris St Germain.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ian Chadband and Ken Ferris

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