Luis Enrique named new Spain manager after Fernando Hierro's exit

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

The RFEF's executive committee met on Monday and unanimously approved Luis Enrique's appointment just eight days after the national team, under caretaker manager Fernando Hierro, were eliminated on penalties by hosts Russian Federation in the second round of the World Cup.

They finished top of Group B but suffered a shock elimination by hosts Russian Federation in the last 16 last Sunday in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.

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.

Luis Enrique has replaced Fernando Hierro, who stepped down as interim coach over the weekend.

Enrique has beaten off competition from an array of candidates to lead Spain, for whom he scored 12 goals in 62 games.

Spanish football federation (RFEF) confirmed the development on Sunday afternoon.

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The former Porto manager didn't lose a single game in charge of the national team in the two years he was in charge but it was announced three days before their opening game against Portugal that he would become Real Madrid manager after the tournament.

He previously coached Celta Vigo and Barca's reserves, as well as Serie A side Roma.

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

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

Despite been out of work since quitting the Nou Camp outfit, the 48-year-old football tactician has been linked with Arsenal after Arsene Wenger resigned at the end of last campaign.

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

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