Spain announce Luis Enrique as new coach

The former world champions are seeking a replacement for Fernando Hierro who stepped down following his country’s disastrous showing at the World Cup. Hierro took over two days before Spain’s opening game after Julen Lopetegui was sacked for agreeing to take over at Real Madrid after the tournament.

The 48-year-old has been out of work since leaving Barcelona last summer and had been linked with Arsenal when Arsene Wenger stepped down at the end of the season.

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.

Luis Enrique also enjoyed a successful playing career, competing for both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

He scored 12 goals in 62 appearances for Spain, was a member of the squad that won gold at the 1992 Olympics and represented the national team at three World Cups as well as Euro 1996.

Spain, who won back-to-back European titles (2008, 2012) and the 2010 World Cup, are hoping to open a new successful chapter under Luis Enrique after three consecutive disappointing tournaments.

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

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