Fernando Hierro cutting all ties with Spain setup

Fernando Hierro cutting all ties with Spain setup

Fernando Hierro cutting all ties with Spain setup

The 48-year-old will have the tough task of reviving a national team deflated after three consecutive failures at major tournaments, the latest their World Cup loss to hosts Russian Federation - ranked 70th in the world - on penalties in the last 16.

Cape Town - The Spanish federation has announced former Barcelona mentor Luis Enrique as the men's national team's new head coach on a two-year deal.

The 2010 winners were touted as one of the pre-tournament favourites but their chances were heavily disrupted by the decision to sack manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition.

"After many kilometers of walking together, the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro put an end to their relationship once the participation of Spain in the World Cup in Russia ended".

Under the former Real Madrid defender, who previously had just one season's experience as a coach with Real Oviedo, Spain won one of their four games in Russian Federation, a 1-0 victory over Iran in Group B, and drew 3-3 with Portugal and 2-2 with Morocco.

The 48-year-old signed a two-year contract just a day after interim boss Fernando Hierro left his post.

Ex-Barcelona and Roma coach Luis Enrique has been appointed as Spain manager.

Belgium gaffer Roberto Martinez was tipped to manage his country having guided the Red Devils to the World Cup semi-finals.

Speaking at a press conference widely covered in the Spanish media, RFEF president Luis Rubiales said: "We have not spoken to anybody else - only Luis Enrique".

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

Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper with Atletico Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna and Villarreal, earned nine Spain caps as a player.

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