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Luis Enrique: Spain hires manager to replace ousted Hierro

Spain knocked out of World Cup 2018 GETTYSpain knocked out of the World Cup after losing to Russia on penalties
Edward Snyder | 10 July, 2018, 09:34

Hierro was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament.

Under Hierro, 50, Spain were knocked out at the round-of-16 stage after losing to Russian Federation on penalties.

Cape Town - The Spanish federation has announced former Barcelona mentor Luis Enrique as the men's national team's new head coach on a two-year deal.

Luis Enrique is the right man for the Spain job, according to Michel Salgado.

Fernando Hierro, previously the RFEF's sporting director, took over on a temporary basis for the tournament, but has not continued following Spain's disappointing showing in Russian Federation.

Luis Enrique, who won nine trophies with the Catalan giants between 2014 and 2017, has been confirmed as new La Furia Roja boss by the Spanish FA.




The 48 year old's contract would be for two years, taking them up to the Euros in 2020 that is due to be played at multiple venues around Europe.

At the last count, Enrique has won La Liga silverware with both Real Madrid and Barcelona alongside the league, cup and Champion League treble as boss of the Nou Camp dwellers.

"We didn't speak to anyone else, we only spoke to Luis Enrique", Rubiales said.

A former Spain global, Luis Enrique represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona during his playing career.

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

A statement said the former Real Madrid player had "declined" to return to his previous role and has opted to "undertake new professional challenges".

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