Spain appoint Luis Enrique as new coach on two-year deal

Fernando Hierro only took charge two days before the World Cup started

Luis Enrique replaces interim coach Fernando Hierro, who took charge of the team during this year's World Cup after Julen Lopetegui was sacked a day before the tournament began for the manner in which he negotiated a move to Real Madrid.

Fernando Hierro, previously the RFEF's sporting director, took over on a temporary basis for the tournament, but has not continued following Spain's disappointing showing in Russian Federation.

Spain subsequently qualified from the group stage but went out to hosts Russian Federation at the last-16 stage following a penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

"It has been approved unanimously by the RFEF's executive committee the appointment of Luis Enrique as national team coach for the next two years", RFEF president Luis Rubiales said in a news conference at the federation's headquarters in Las Rozas, Madrid.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have confirmed that Fernando Hierro will no longer continue with the federation after Spain's shock World Cup exit at the knockout stages.

A bustling forward or midfielder, he made 157 appearances for Real Madrid over five seasons scoring 15 goals and then played 207 games, scoring 73 times, for Barcelona over eight seasons.

Luis Enrique had last been manager of Barcelona till 2017.

Belgium gaffer Roberto Martinez was tipped to manage his country having guided the Red Devils to the World Cup semi-finals.

The 48-year-old has become La Roja's new coach following caretaker boss Fernando Hierro's decision to stand down from the position on the back of a disappointing World Cup.

Of the starting XI against Russian Federation, only Marco Asensio will be under 30 when the next World Cup comes around.

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