Luis Enrique has been named Spain’s new boss following the pre-World Cup sacking of Julen Lopetegui, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has affirmed on Monday
La Roja’s World Cup campaign plummeted into chaos just two days before their opening Group match with Portugal, as Lopetegui was relieved of his duty because of agreeing to join Real Madrid after the Mundial.
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Fernando Hierro, Spain’s director of football at the time, ventured in to steer through the course of Russia 2018 World Cup, as ‘La Roja’ were humbled out in the last 16 by Russia in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.
Hierro left his post as interim coach and in this manner resigned from his role as director of football too, leaving RFEF president Luis Rubiales with huge planning to do.
Spain’s newly-installed sporting director, José Francisco Molina, said: “We need a successful coach, who’s modern and who knows the game style but can make small adjustments. We can’t swipe everything clean, with regards to all the work carried out.” His first game in charge will be a friendly against England, on 8 September at Wembley.
The president of the SFF, Luis Rubiales, said: “We have not spoken to anybody else – only Luis Enrique.”
Rubiales added that the decision to appoint Luis Enrique was unanimous. “We liked his commitment and he has turned down better paid jobs to coach the Spanish national team.”
According to the reports in Spain, It emerged on Sunday that Rubiales was to put forward Lopetegui’s successor to the RFEF’s board on Monday and, not long after doing as such, Luis Enrique’s appointment was made official.
The Asturian left Barcelona in the late spring of 2017 and took a sabbatical leave, but he has been approached by various clubs since then. He has been a major candidate for PSG, Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich in January, but ultimately he has become the new head coach of La Roja.
“I’ve had interest from some clubs, but it has to be something that really excites me,” Luis Enrique said of his prospects earlier this year in an interview with cyclist Ibon Zugasti.
At last, the prospect of Enrique coaching Spain has tempting enough for him to sign on the dotted lines.