After a hugely disappointing World Cup campaign which saw Spain get knocked out by Russia, La Roja have appointed former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique as the new manager of Spain.
Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup after being announced as Real Madrid manager without the Spanish FA having any knowledge until 10 minutes before the announcement. Fernando Hierro, the then Sporting Director for Spain, took over for the World Cup but has since departed after a poor run of results despite some amazing flashes of brilliance by the Spanish team.
How it played out:
May 22 – Lopetegui signs two year contract extension with Spain until 2020.
June 12 – News breaks that he has been appointed Real Madrid boss.
June 13 – Lopetegui is sacked one day before start of World Cup and Fernando Hierro named as interim boss.
July 8 – Hierro steps down.
July 9 – President of Spanish FA announces Luis Enrique as new manager.
Enrique will only be officially unveiled next week, but Rubiales had this to say: “We have not spoken to anybody else – only Luis Enrique. I like his commitment. He has let better financial opportunities pass in order to be national team coach. This coach fulfils all the parameters to take charge of the team. Enrique is bringing his backroom staff, but this is a matter he will speak about next week.”
Enrique’s first game will be against England in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday September 8.