Spain appoint ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as manager

Heather Diaz
July 10, 2018

Hierro was given temporary charge of the Spain team days before the start of the World Cup after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui.

In his place, Fernando Hierro took over for the tournament in Russian Federation - where Spain were dumped out by hosts Russian Federation on penalties in the last-16 - but will not be continuing with the role.

Rubiales also said before Luis Enrique's appointment that Spain's players had no say in who the new coach would be.

Hierro announced on Sunday that he would not be continuing as Spain manager, or returning to his post as sporting director.

"After many kilometers of walking together, the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro put an end to their relationship once the participation of Spain in the World Cup in Russia ended".

He has been out of work since leaving Barça last summer but has since been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal before Unai Emery filled the vacancy left by Arsène Wenger.

Remembering a world before the World Cup started is proving very hard now that we're in this utopia of brilliant football and weather so incredible that even in Manchester I've forgotten what rain looks like.

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Luis Enrique had last been manager of Barcelona till 2017.

Lopetegui was dismissed it was announced that he would take over at Real Madrid after the tournament.

A bustling forward or midfielder, he made 157 appearances for Real Madrid over five seasons scoring 15 goals and then played 207 games, scoring 73 times, for Barcelona over eight seasons.

A formal unveiling is likely to take place next week.

Enrique's first game in charge will be a Uefa Nations League game away to England at Wembley Stadium on Sept 8.

Earlier on Monday, Jose Francisco Molina, a former goalkeeper for Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna with nine caps for Spain, was appointed as the federation's sporting director.

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