Spain's new boss Luis Enrique faces Gareth Southgate's England in his first game

by Jack Kitson / 09 July 2018, 13:23

Spain have wasted no time in their search for Fernando Hierro’s replacement after naming Luis Enrique as the new manager of the national team.

Enrique, who had been on a year-long sabbatical since leaving Barcelona in 2017, has signed a two-year contract to become La Roja’s third manager in the space of a month.

It’s been an chaotic summer for Spain who axed Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the 2018 World Cup after it had been revealed that he would take charge of Real Madrid after the conclusion of the tournament.

Sporting director Hierro was then handed the reins on a temporary basis. Spain went on to draw 3-3 with Portugal, beat Iran 1-0, and then draw 2-2 with Morocco which meant they topped Group B.

However, Spain’s campaign came to an abrupt end in the last-16 after they were booted out by hosts Russia who triumphed 4-3 on penalties after the countries had played out a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Hierro announced his resignation on Sunday, and despite reported interested in the likes of Rafa Benitez and Quique Sanchez Flores, the Royal Spanish Football Federation have named Enrique as their new head coach.

The 48-year-old previously led Barcelona to a famous treble in 2014/15, while he lifted six other trophies during three years at the Nou Camp. Prior to that he managed Roma and Celta Vigo, but now ventures into the international managerial arena for the first time in his career.

Enrique’s first match in charge of Spain will be in September against Gareth Southgate’s England who are currently two wins away from lifting the World Cup trophy.


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