Spain appoint ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique to replace Julen Lopetegui

Spain appoint ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique to replace Julen Lopetegui

Spain appoint ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique to replace Julen Lopetegui

Spain legend Fernando Hierro guided his team through the group stage but was powerless to stop them being dumped out of the tournament on penalties by hosts Russian Federation in the round of 16.

Unveiling the country's new manager, Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Federation, said: "The decision has been unanimous, I like his commitment, he has missed out on better economic opportunities to manage Spain".

Spain are set to hire Luis Enrique as the new manager of the national team after Fernando Hierro declined an offer to stay in the role.

Luis Enrique replaces Julen Lopetegui who was controversially sacked on the eve of the World Cup.

The Spanish FA hope to see this, too, and while the 48-year-old won't give one-to-one interviews, his players are thought to be allowed to do so.

A great number of tasks are at hand for Luis Enrique when he begins life as the coach of the Spanish national team, with a select number dominating the fate of his tenure.

The former Celta Vigo coach won the treble in first campaign at Barca's helm and has spent the past year on sabbatical since leaving the Nou Camp in May 2017.

Of the starting XI against Russian Federation, only Marco Asensio will be under 30 when the next World Cup comes around.

According a UK Sun report, the Real Madrid legend who took over the position just before the ongoing world Cup in Russian Federation, has also distanced himself from his former job as sports director.

He will be aided by Jose Francisco Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna who played nine times for Spain and was named as sporting director.

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