Luis Enrique appointed Spain head coach following World Cup exit

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

Fernando Hierro, who led Spain at the 2018 World Cup, has stepped down as coach and will not return to his former role as sporting director of the team.

It didn't go well with Spain losing on penalties to Russian Federation in the second round and Hierro quit.

Hierro, 50, has chose to "seek new horizons", according to the Spanish football federation (RFEF).

Enrique's appointment comes in the wake of Spain's disastrous trip to the World Cup, which looked doomed before they had even kicked a ball.

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.

"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 has ended".

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"An example is Luis Aragonés, who was a great head coach with whom Spain won, although he had a few issues with you".

Luis Enrique also enjoyed a successful playing career, competing for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. He followed it up with a domestic double in the 2015-16 campaign.

Enrique has been out of management since leaving the Nou Camp last June.

With Spain, Enrique will be aided by Jose Francisco Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna who played nine times for Spain and was named as sporting director.

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