Former Barcelona Boss, Luis Enrique who has been linked with managerial positions in England in the past few weeks, has been appointed the new manager of Spanish national team on two-year deal.
Luis Enrique who managed teams like Celta Vigo, Roma and most recently Barcelona becomes the man to take over from Fernando Hierro who stepped down on Sunday as the temporary manager of the Spanish national team, following Spain’s dismal performance at the World Cup.
The 48-year old who left his position as Barcelona boss, last June, has been without any managerial job, but would now be the man to guide Spain through a transitional phase that who see them revive their pedigree en route to the next European Championship tournament.
The President of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales has heaped praises on Luis Enrique’s commitment, even as Rubiales say Luis Enrique turned down better job offers just so he could coach the Spanish national team.
Luis Rubiales stated that the decision to appoint Luis Enrique was a unanimous decision, following his pedigree as a top manager in Europe in the past couple of years.
According to Rubiales, Enrique is someone who possesses all the qualities the Federation requires in a coach for the Spanish national side.
Having signed on for the very challenging job despite being without a job any managerial job since June, Enrique takes charge of a Spanish side low in confidence after being knocked out via penalties by the hosts in the last-16 stage of the World Cup ongoing in Russia.
The 48-year old Luis Enrique played for Real Madrid and Barcelona during his playing days. His managerial career is most notably idolized by Barcelona fans after he won the treble – the La Liga title, the Champions league and the Spanish Cup – in 2015, as manager of the La Liga giants.
As the new manager of Spain, his first game in charge will be a friendly UEFA Nations League game on 8th September, against England at the Wembley stadium.
Former goalkeeper of Spain, Jose Francisco Molina has also been appointed as the new sporting director of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), according to an announcement by the RFEF few hours ago.
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