The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have appointed Jose Francisco Molina as the new sporting director.
Jose Francisco Molina succeeds Fernando Hierro, who resigned from the role on Sunday.
“This is the best place to work,” Molina said in Monday’s news conference in the RFEF’s headquarters in Las Rozas, Madrid. “I’m very enthusiastic. A magnificent job has been done in the past. It’s true that in the last three tournaments we have not achieved the results we expected.
“Things have to change and a new chapter begins. We have to look to the future.”
Spain were eliminated from the World Cup by hosts Russia in the round of 16 of the competition after losing 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Molina has signed a two-year contract and RFEF president Luis Rubiales says Molina is the right man for the job.
“Molina has played for the national team,” Rubiales said. “He is known, he has worked for the last 10 years as a manager. We consider him the ideal candidate.” Molina met with Rubiales last week to discuss who will replace Julen Lopetegui as coach of the national team.