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    Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique appointed as Spain head coach


    Joe Jones

    Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been appointed as Spain's new head coach on a two-year deal.

    The president of Spain's football federation Luis Rubiales revealed in a press conference on Monday that the decision to hire Enrique was unanimous, saying the 48-year-old met all of the criteria.

    Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup after agreeing a deal to become Real Madrid's next boss, leaving former sporting director Fernando Hierro to take interim charge of the side.

    Hierro stepped down from his post as caretaker boss on Sunday after Spain's early elimination from the World Cup, losing to hosts Russia on penalties in the last-16.

    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.

    Spain’s newly-installed sporting director, Jose 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.”

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