Spain have named Luis Enrique as their new head coach after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their last-16 World Cup exit to Russia, the Spanish Football Federation (SFF) have announced.
The former Barcelona manager has signed a two-year contract to take charge of his country. Spain sacked Julen Lopetegui just two days before their opening World Cup game against Portugal in Sochi, with the director of football, Hierro, named as his replacement in the interim.
Spain’s newly-installed sporting director, José Francisco Molina, said: “We need a successful coach, who’s modern and who knows the game style but can make small adjustments. We can’t swipe everything clean, with regards to all the work carried out.” His first game in charge will be a friendly against England, on 8 September at Wembley.
The president of the SFF, Luis Rubiales, said: “We have not spoken to anybody else – only Luis Enrique.”
Rubiales added that the decision to appoint Luis Enrique was unanimous. “We liked his commitment and he has turned down better paid jobs to coach the Spanish national team.
– Luis Enrique has agreed a two-year deal and replaces Fernando Hierro as Spain boss
– Fernando Hierro resigned from the post following Spain’s poor performance at the FIFA World Cup in Russia
– The former Barcelona boss penned a two-year deal that will see him through Euro 2020
Former Real Madrid player Luis Enrique has been named new Spain’s La Roja boss.
The former Barcelona boss penned a two-year deal after a disappointing World Cup that also saw former manager Fernando Hierro resigning from the position.
Interestingly, the 2010 winners failed to progress past the last 16 after they were bundled out by host Russia after the unexpected departure of Julen Lopetegui following his appointment as Los Blancos before the mundial.
Fernando Hierro was left at the helms of affair for the Mundial but refused to continue the job and Luis Enrique has now been named as the new manager of La Roja.
The former Real Madrid player is expected to lead La Roja into the qualifying campaign for Euro 2020 and potentially into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Despite been out of work since quitting the Nou Camp outfit, the 48-year-old football tactician has been linked with Arsenal after Arsene Wenger resigned at the end of last campaign.