Spain appoint Luis Enrique as new head coach
Las Rozas (Spain): Former midfielder Luis Enrique has been appointed head coach of Spain's football team, the football federation RFEF said on Monday.
Enrique, who played for Sporting Gijon, Real Madrid and most notably FC Barcelona before becoming the Catalan powerhouse's head coach, has agreed to be Spain's coach for the next two years, federation president Luis Rubiales said at a press conference.
"The decision has been unanimous," said Rubiales. "I like his commitment, he has said no to offers that were much more financially rewarding in order to coach Spain's squad," he added.
Concluye la comparecencia de @LuisRubiales, presidente de la @rfef. @LUISENRIQUE21 firma por dos años para dirigir a la @SeFutbol.— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) July 9, 2018
Enrique thus replaces Fernando Hierro, who said he never felt comfortable in the job after taking over from Julen Lopetegui, who in turn was fired just before Spain was due to begin its World Cup campaign in Russia.
The federation also appointed José Francisco Molina as the national squad's new sporting director.
"Welcome, Luis Enrique," the federation said on its official Twitter account. The 48-year-old has played 62 times for Spain.
🚨 OFFICIAL | @LUISENRIQUE21, new @SeFutbol Head Coach#BienvenidoLuisEnriquepic.twitter.com/3KWNauF9WL— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) July 9, 2018