Next Spain Manager: Luis Enrique favourite to replace Fernando Hierro

by Jack Kitson / 09 July 2018, 11:22

Spain are on the hunt for their third manager in the space of a month following the departure of Fernando Hierro.

On the eve of the 2018 World Cup Hierro stepped in for the sacked Julen Lopetegui on a short-term contract, but after leading his country through to the knockout-stages of the tournament, La Roja were then stunned in the last-16 by hosts Russia on penalties.

On Sunday it was confirmed that Hierro would step down from his caretaker position, while he also opted not to return to his former post as Sporting Director, with Jose Francisco Molina Jimenez confirmed as his replacement.

A host of managers have already been linked with the Spain hot-seat including Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, former Sevilla head coach Michel, Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez, and ex Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores, however it’s Luis Enrique who has been installed as the early 7/4 favourite in the Next Spain Manager Market (Bet Victor).

Spanish newspaper Marca has since published a picture of the former Barcelona boss, along with the caption:

"The new Luis. Luis Enrique will be the next coach of the national team. His mission will be to return Spain to the place where Aragones and Del Bosque had taken it."

It’s been over a year since Enrique left the Catalan club following a trophy drenched three seasons at the helm. Earlier this summer he was hotly linked with a move to Chelsea, but a switch now appears unlikely with Antonio Conte now potentially even staying on for another year, although Maurizio Sarri will still hold hopes of landing the job.

A few years ago Enrique was quoted as saying he would one day like to be coach of his national team, and now if reports are to be believed he is set to land the job in the next couple of days.

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