Spain appoint Luis Enrique as Lopetegui successor

Spain appoint Luis Enrique as Lopetegui successor

Spain appoint Luis Enrique as Lopetegui successor

The Federation have scheduled a media conference on Monday to announce changes to the organisation's structure after Fernando Hierro, who took charge of the team during the World Cup, left his role as sporting director.

Spain crashed out of the World Cup to Russian Federation at the last-16 stage after losing a penalty shoot-out.

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

Spain have confirmed the appointment of former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique as their new manager.

Marca's front page has a photograph of Luis Enrique with a headline: "The new Luis".

The federation, fearing a split between players from Barcelona and Real, sacked Lopetegui two days before Spain's opening game against Portugal.

Before that, Spain were humiliated at the hands of the Netherlands in 2014 and beaten by Italy at Euro 2016 - their 2008-2012 winning streak but a distant memory.

The 48-year-old has become La Roja's new coach following caretaker boss Fernando Hierro's decision to stand down from the position on the back of a disappointing World Cup. He followed it up with a domestic double in the 2015-16 campaign.

Enrique, the former Barcelona manager, has been without a job since leaving Camp Nou after the 2016-17 season.

His press briefing came just hours after Jose Francisco Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna who played nine times for Spain, was named as sporting director.

Luis Enrique's first game in charge will be a UEFA Nations League game away in England at Wembley Stadium on September 8.

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