Madrid, The Spanish FA have hired Luis Enrique

to be the new coach of the national team.

Luis Rubiales, the federation’s president, sacked Julen

Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup after the Basque had agreed to

join Real Madrid and he appointed Fernando Hierro for the ill-fated

campaign in Russia.

Now, Rubiales has hired a permanent replacement and the

former Barcelona coach is his choice.

Quique Sanchez Flores and Michel were also candidates to take

the job, but Rubiales believed Luis Enrique who played for La Roja on

62 occasions during his own career would be the best choice and, as

such, the Asturian becomes the 54th national team boss.

Hierro, meanwhile, walked away from the federation in order to

take on new challenges, leaving his role as temporary coach and as

sporting director.

For Luis Enrique, this is his first position since he left Barcelona

in the summer of 2017, after spending three years in the Camp Nou

dugout, where he won three Copa del Reys, two LaLiga titles, one

Champions League, one Supercopa de Espana, one UEFA Super Cup

and one FIFA Club World Cup.

Before Barcelona, he had coached Barcelona B, Celta Vigo and

Roma.

The challenge for the new boss is to take Spain back to the top

of the international game, as they have fallen in the group stages of

the 2014 World Cup and at the last 16 stage at Euro 2016 and at this

year’s tournament, the Spanish MARCA newspaper reported.

Source: Oman News Agency