Fernando Hierro steps down as Spain coach

Fernando Hierro steps down as Spain coach

Fernando Hierro steps down as Spain coach

"The last Spanish coach declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges", the RFEF said.

In fact, Spain's only victory in Russian Federation came in the form of a 1-0 win over Iran who ensured that the European side had to fight hard for all three points.

The Spanish FA hope to see this, too, and while the 48-year-old won't give one-to-one interviews, his players are thought to be allowed to do so.

President of the Spanish federation, Luis Rubiales, announced the appointment of Enrique revealing that it was a unanimous decision by the board of directors to hire the accomplished coach.

Enrique will also be taking over a team without key captain Andres Iniesta, who has retired from worldwide football.

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He faces the same two-pronged brief that Lopetegui was tasked with two years ago: to restore confidence and get fresh blood from the younger generation.

The former Barcelona manager has signed a two-year contract to take charge of his country. He also made 62 appearances for Spain between 1991 and 2002, scoring 12 goals. I like his commitment and he has turned down better paid jobs in order to coach Spain.

Luis Enrique led Barcelona to the treble in his first season in charge.

He previously coached Celta Vigo and Barca's reserves, as well as Serie A side Roma.

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