Hierro cuts ties with Spanish federation after World Cup exit

Hierro has decided to

Hierro was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament.

Spain legend Fernando Hierro guided his team through the group stage but was powerless to stop them being dumped out of the tournament on penalties by hosts Russian Federation in the round of 16.

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is to be named as the new Spain coach, according to widespread reports in the Spanish media on Monday.

A team with a history of success, a talented squad and a distinctive style of playing, had just failed to win a trophy for the first time in six years.

"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 has ended".

Enrique, the former Barcelona manager, has been without a job since leaving Camp Nou after the 2016-17 season.




Rubiales said: "We know that Luis Enrique is a person of character".

Luis Enrique, who previously managed Roma and Celta Vigo, won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and one Champions League during his three-year spell in charge of Barcelona.

Roberto Martinez, who has led Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup, is among the coaches to have been linked with taking the Spain role.

Rubiales also said before Luis Enrique's appointment that Spain's players had no say in who the new coach would be.

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Rubiales also appointed former La Roja and Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Jose Francisco Molina as Spain's new sporting director.

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