Enrique tipped for Spain job

Doug Mendoza
July 9, 2018

After their shocking campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Spain have now announced a former FC Barcelona boss as their new coach.

Leading newspaper Marca said on their front cover the 48-year-old has been chosen by Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales as the successor to Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked the day before the World Cup.

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Spain had a horrendous World Cup as far as their expectations go and it led to the inevitable resigning of stand in manager Fernando Hierro but now they have their targets set on their new man.

Spain were eliminated in the last 16 on penalties by hosts Russian Federation, which saw Andres Iniesta immediately retire from worldwide football.

"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".

Spain lost to Russian Federation in the last 16 in the post-match penalties.

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"The Federation wants to highlight the professional and human values of an extraordinary athlete".

Spain, who won back-to-back European titles (2008, 2012) and the 2010 World Cup, are hoping to open a new successful chapter under Luis Enrique after three consecutive disappointing tournaments.

"Thanks for everything, Fernando!" the statement from Spanish Football Federation's official website read in part.

Hierro, 50, has made a decision to "seek new horizons", according to the Spanish football federation (RFEF).

In Russia, Spain topped Group B under Hierro.

Remembering a world before the World Cup started is proving very hard now that we're in this utopia of brilliant football and weather so incredible that even in Manchester I've forgotten what rain looks like.

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