Luis Enrique named new Spain head coach

Spain knocked out of World Cup 2018

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and former Spain internationals Michel and Quique Sanchez Flores had been considered contenders for the position but Luis Enrique was the No. 1 choice.

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

"He's a coach who has all the requirements the federation was looking for".

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.

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Hierro, 50, was sensationally appointed Spain coach on the eve of the tournament, after previous boss Julen Lopetegui was sacked for agreeing to take the Real Madrid job.

Spain are set to hire Luis Enrique as the new manager of the national team after Fernando Hierro declined an offer to stay in the role.

'Would I like to be coach of the national team? Now Marca are reporting that Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales will recommend Luis Enrique at a board meeting today.

Fernando Hierro was given the job on a caretaker basis, to at least initially see Spain through this summer's World Cup.

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Despite been out of work since quitting the Nou Camp outfit, the 48-year-old football tactician has been linked with Arsenal after Arsene Wenger resigned at the end of last campaign. "We liked his commitment and he has turned down better paid jobs to coach the Spanish national team".

Lopetegui was dismissed it was announced that he would take over at Real Madrid after the tournament.

Luis Enrique's first game in charge will be a UEFA Nations League game away in England at Wembley Stadium on September 8.

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