Fernando Hierro steps down from Spain role

Fernando Hierro steps down from Spain role

The announcement comes the day after it was confirmed that Fernando Hierro - who managed the country through their disappointing World Cup campaign - will not continue as boss, and also stepped down from his role as Spain's sporting director.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been appointed Spain's new head coach on a two-year deal, following their World Cup last-16 exit.

With Spain, Enrique must revive a side that won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012 but are deflated after three failures, the latest their World Cup loss to hosts Russian Federation - ranked 70th in the world - on penalties in the last 16.

"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".

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is to be named as the new Spain coach, according to widespread reports in the Spanish media on Monday.

Rubiales said: "We know that Luis Enrique is a person of character".

More news: Belgium beats England 1-0, moves into tougher side of draw

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

He won La Liga with both Real Madrid and Barcelona before winning the league, cup and Champion League treble with the Catalan side as their manager.

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.

"I don't think you can talk about the team breaking down or collapsing".

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

Related Articles