Fernando Hierro leaves job as Spain coach after World Cup exit

Rafa Benitez-Spain

The national team's then sporting director Fernando Hierro stepped in to replace him and led Spain to the last 16 where they lost to hosts Russian Federation on penalties, before stepping down after the tournament.

Hierro, 50, who replaced Julen Lopetegui as stand-in boss before Spain's doomed World Cup campaign has also turned down the option to return to his previous role of sports director.

The 2010 champions were eliminated from the World Cup by hosts Russian Federation in the round of 16 of the competition after losing 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Luis Enrique has been appointed as the new manager of Spain.

Lopetegui had taken the Real Madrid job without informing his employers, a betrayal that left Rubiales and the Spanish FA seething.

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"Luis Enrique comes with his staff, but he will speak about that topic next week".

Before Enrique's last match as coach, Pique, a Barcelona mainstay, said: "He is one of the best coaches in history, we have won everything and these three years have been magnificent".

The 48-year-old has become La Roja's new coach following caretaker boss Fernando Hierro's decision to stand down from the position on the back of a disappointing World Cup.

The federation, fearing a split between players from Barcelona and Real, sacked Lopetegui two days before Spain's opening game against Portugal.

Roberto Martinez, who has led Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup, is among the coaches to have been linked with taking the Spain role.

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