Spain have announced the appointment of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as their new coach on a two-year contract.
Luis Enrique takes over from Fernando Hierro, who was thrown into the role on the eve of Spain’s disappointing World Cup campaign following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui.
Enrique, strongly linked with the Chelsea job earlier this summer, begins a new era for Spanish football with a trip to face England in the inaugural UEFA Nations League on September 8.
Spain endured a disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia this summer, having been dumped out by the tournament hosts in the first knockout round.
Spain’s new sporting director, José Francisco Molina, said: “We need a successful coach, who’s modern and who knows the game style but can make small adjustments. We can’t swipe everything clean, with regards to all the work carried out.” His first game in charge will be a friendly against England, on 8 September at Wembley.
The president of the SFF, Luis Rubiales, said: “We have not spoken to anybody else – only Luis Enrique.”
Rubiales added that the decision to appoint Luis Enrique was unanimous. “We liked his commitment and he has turned down better paid jobs to coach the Spanish national team.”