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Former Barcelona Manager Named Spain Coach

The Spanish Football Federation have named former Celta Vigo and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as their new coach.

Luis Enquire has signed a two-year to lead the 2008 & 2012 Euro champions and 2010 FIFA World Cup winners.

The 48-year-old former Spain midfielder replaces Fernando Hierro, who stepped down on Sunday from his position as interim manager.

Hierro, who will also not be returning to his former position as the sporting director had assumed the mantle of the national team just a day to their World Cup kick-off in Russia. He helped the team advance from the group stages but crushed out at the round of 16 at the hands of hosts Russia in a penalty shot out.

Enquire has been out of work since leaving Nou Camp in June last year. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona star guided Barca as manager to a treble in 2015, winning the Spanish Cup, La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) made the announcement of Enrique’s appointment on Monday and also named Jose Francisco Molina, a former Spain keeper, as their sporting director.

According to the RFEF president Luis Rubiales, they were looking for "an undeniable leader in the dressing room, who sets a pattern and that no-one deviates from".

 

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