Rabat - The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced that the former coach of FC Barcelona, Luis Enrique, is now the new manager for Spain’s national football team for a two year contract.
Rabat – The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced that the former coach of FC Barcelona, Luis Enrique, is now the new manager for Spain’s national football team for a two year contract.
Luis Enrique, who coached Barcelona from 2014 to 2017, has been out of management since he left Barcelona last June.
During his three seasons of managing Barcelona, he won two Liga titles, one Champions League and three King’s Cups.
The RFEF president, Luis Rubiales, said in a press conference: “The decision was unanimous. I like his commitment and he has turned down better-paid jobs in order to coach Spain. He’s a coach who has all the requirements the federation was looking for.”
Enrique will replace interim coach Fernando Hierro, who took charge of the national team just days before the current World Cup. Hierro was acting as interim after the previous coach Julen Lopetegui was fired a day before the tournament.
Lopetegui’s sudden sacking came after he agreed to coach Real Madrid, replacing Zinedine Zidane, without informing the national team.
Luis Enrique’s first game in charge will be against England at Wembley stadium in London on September 8, at the UEFA Nations League.
The RFEF has also appointed Jose Molina as sporting director to replace Fernando Hierro.