Fernando Hierro leaves role with Spain after World Cup exit

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Spain were eliminated at the last-16 stage on penalties by host nation Russian Federation.

Luis Rubiales, head of the Spanish FA, will reportedly suggest appointing Luis Enrique as the new boss in a meeting on Monday morning, although Roberto Martínez and Quique Sánchez Flores have also been considered as potential candidates.

A great number of tasks are at hand for Luis Enrique when he begins life as the coach of the Spanish national team, with a select number dominating the fate of his tenure.

After he retired from playing, Luis Enrique spent six months living in Byron Bay on Australia's east coast.

Hierro took over from Julen Lopetegui on a temporary basis, two days before Spain's first World Cup game.However The 2010 World Cup winners were knocked out of this year's tournament in the Round of 16. Luis Enrique will be the next coach of the national team.

After their shocking campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Spain have now announced a former FC Barcelona boss as their new coach.

Earlier on Monday, the federation announced Jose Molina has replaced Hierro as sporting director.

The 48-year-old has been out of work since leaving Barcelona last summer.

A bustling forward or midfielder, he made 157 appearances for Real Madrid over five seasons scoring 15 goals and then played 207 games, scoring 73 times, for Barcelona over eight seasons.

As a player he won 62 caps for Spain and played at three World Cups as well as winning Olympic gold in 1992.

A formal unveiling is likely to take place next week.

"The last Spanish coach declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges", the RFEF said.

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