The Spanish football federation announced Monday that former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been named head coach of the national team. He has signed a 2 year contract to manage the former World Cup champion.
Enrique is the third head coach of the national team in less than a month. Two days before Spain’s first game against Portugal, it was announced that Julen Lopetegui was relieved of his duties as head coach. Hierro was then named head coach on a temporary basis, but stepped down after Spain’s World Cup exit. He rejected an opportunity to return to his former role as sporting director.
Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales said:
“The decision was unanimous. I like his commitment and he has turned down better-paid jobs in order to coach Spain.
“He’s a coach who has all the requirements the federation was looking for.”
Enrique, who played for Real Madrid and Barcelona, won the La Liga, Spanish Cup and Champions League treble as Barca manager in 2015. His first match in charge of Spain will be a friendly against England at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 8.