Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been hired by the Spanish football Federation as head coach of Spain’s national team coach.
His two-year appointment takes effect on Monday June 9, after the Spanish federation confirmed that former manager Hierro had left the team.
Spain’s World Cup preparations at Russia met a shocking distraction, when Julen Lopetegui who was then the team coach was fired for accepting the job at Real Madrid without consultations with the national federation. Hence Fernando Hierro took over as interim coach.
Spain who won the World Cup in 2010 managed one win and two draws in the group stage before reaching the round of 16 where they were edged out by host Russia after a penalty shootout.
Until his appointment, the 48-year-old last managed Barcelona where he guided the team to nine titles in his three years of being in charge, delivering 2 La Liga titles, 3 Copa del Rey, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.