Former Barcelona boss Enrique named Spain coach

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

Luis Enrique has been on a sabbatical since leaving Barcelona in May 2017 and was a reported target of Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in April.

Hierro, 50, who replaced Julen Lopetegui as stand-in boss before Spain's doomed World Cup campaign has also turned down the option to return to his previous role of sports director.

The 48-year-old won two La Liga titles and the Champions League with the Catalan side before stepping down last year.

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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and former Spain internationals Michel and Quique Sanchez Flores had been considered contenders for the position but Luis Enrique was the No. 1 choice.

The president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Monday "it is probable" that a new national team coach would be announced later in the day.

The 2010 champions were knocked out by Russian Federation in the last 16 after a campaign that began with the departure of Julen Lopetegui following his appointment as Real Madrid boss.

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"We are going to have a council meeting now and we will take a decision", Luis Rubiales told a press conference.

Fernando Hierro has quit his role as sporting director of the Spanish FA following the round-of-16 exit at the World Cup.

Lopetegui was sacked two days before their opening World Cup match with Portugal after he was named Real Madrid boss. His first game in charge will be a friendly against England, on 8 September at Wembley.

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Enrique's appointment comes in the wake of Spain's disastrous trip to the World Cup, which looked doomed before they had even kicked a ball.

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