Hierro Quits As Spain Coach On Mutual Consent With FA

Kristopher Nichols
July 10, 2018

Fernando Hierro will not continue as Spain coach, or return to his previous role as sporting director, following the World Cup, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.

Under Hierro, 50, Spain were knocked out at the round-of-16 stage after losing to Russian Federation on penalties.

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

The former world champions are seeking a replacement for Fernando Hierro who stepped down following his country's disastrous showing at the World Cup.

Enrique has beaten off competition from an array of candidates to lead Spain, for whom he scored 12 goals in 62 games.

The Spanish federation (RFEF) has announced the former Barcelona boss will be the full-time successor to Julen Lopetegui.

The 48-year-old signed a two-year contract just a day after interim boss Fernando Hierro left his post.

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A great number of tasks are at hand for Luis Enrique when he begins life as the coach of the Spanish national team, with a select number dominating the fate of his tenure.

Hierro had previously said he accepted responsibility for the team's failure to advance any further in the World Cup.

Luis Enrique is favourite to take over as Spain manager.

Barcelona then won the World Club Cup and at the end of the 2015-16 season added another Spanish double.

Before Enrique's last match as coach, Pique, a Barcelona mainstay, said: "He is one of the best coaches in history, we have won everything and these three years have been magnificent".

Rubiales also appointed former La Roja and Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Jose Francisco Molina as Spain's new sporting director.

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