Spain appoint former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as their new manager

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Rafa Benitez-Spain

Spain legend Fernando Hierro guided his team through the group stage but was powerless to stop them being dumped out of the tournament on penalties by hosts Russian Federation in the round of 16.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have scheduled a news conference on Monday to announce changes to the organisation's structure.

"We liked his commitment and he has turned down better paid jobs to coach the Spanish national team".

Luis Enrique had last been manager of Barcelona till 2017.

Enrique was asked two years ago about taking over from Vicente del Bosque and said, "Would I like to be coach of the national team?"

Hierro was not expected to continue as coach after the World Cup but the RFEF has announced he will not stay with the organisation in any role.

Fernando Hierro has quit his role as sporting director of the Spanish FA following the round-of-16 exit at the World Cup.

The 48-year-old faces a similar challenge to the one that he had when he took over at Barcelona in 2014.

Qualifying for Euro 2020, which is being held across the continent, will take place in 2019 between March 21 and November 19.

"We didn't speak to anyone else, we only spoke to Luis Enrique", Rubiales said.

Given that he spent five years with Real Madrid as a player, Luis Enrique doesn't hold much affinity with Los Blancos and their fans.

He will be aided by Jose Francisco Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna who played nine times for Spain and was named as sporting director.

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

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