Luis Enrique named new Spain head coach

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

Hierro - who is not returning to his role as sporting director - was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup.

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.

Enrique has beaten off competition from an array of candidates to lead Spain, for whom he scored 12 goals in 62 games.

It emerged on Sunday that Rubiales was to put forward Lopetegui's successor to the RFEF's board on Monday and, shortly after doing so, Luis Enrique's appointment was made official.

Luis Enrique has been appointed as the new manager of Spain.

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.

Luis Enrique has played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as managing Celta Vigo, Roma, and winning the Champions League with Barcelona in 2014/15.

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.

Hierro had previously said he accepted responsibility for the team's failure to advance any further in the World Cup.

Andres Iniesta, the former Barcelona great who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, retired from the global team after the defeat to Russian Federation.

The former Spain global has also turned down the option to return to his previous role of sports director.

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