Luis Enrique: Spain appoint ex-Barcelona coach as manager

Ross Houston
July 9, 2018

"The last Spanish coach declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges", the RFEF said.

But if you think really hard you might remember that on the eve of the tournament Spain chose to sack Julen Lopetegui.

Luis Enrique is favourite to take over as Spain manager.

Hierro's time as Spanish boss was short and not-so-sweet having spent just four games in charge, losing to Russian Federation on penalties in the knockout round of 16.

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

The former Barca boss could soon be in charge of Spain.

Lopetegui had been appointed as new Real Madrid manager and was destined to take over after the tournament in Russian Federation but RFEF president Luis Rubiales was not happy with Lopetegui not informing him about his decision.

Enrique has signed a two-year contract and will be tasked with steadying the ship following a shambolic few weeks.

He's had bigger offers but he wanted to be national team coach and I want to highlight the sacrifice he has made.

Quique Sanchez Flores, Michel, Roberto Martinez and Victor Sanchez del Amo have all been considered for the job but reports in Spain suggest Luis Enrique will be recommended by the Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales at a meeting on Monday morning.

After a year out of football, following his stint as Barcelona boss, he had been linked with the a move to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Chelsea. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling.

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