Spain head coach Fernando Hierro steps down following World Cup exit


His assistant, Hierro took over and guided Spain into the last 16, where they were knocked out on penalties by Russian Federation.

"It has been approved unanimously by the RFEF's executive committee the appointment of Luis Enrique as national team coach for the next two years", RFEF president Luis Rubiales said in a news conference at the federation's headquarters in Las Rozas, Madrid.

Spain had a horrendous World Cup as far as their expectations go and it led to the inevitable resigning of stand in manager Fernando Hierro but now they have their targets set on their new man.

"The Federation wants to highlight the professional and human values of an extraordinary athlete who wants the best of fortunes".

Spain's La Roja were dumped out of the Mundial by Russia's Sbornaya after Igor Akinfeev proved too good to be beaten during their last 16 clash.

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"After many kilometers of walking together, the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro put an end to their relationship once the participation of Spain in the World Cup in Russia has ended".

The 50-year-old has made a decision to turn down his former role, despite being still under contract with the Spanish FA (RFEF).

Hierro - who is not returning to his role as sporting director - was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup.

Despite having time remaining on his contract as Sporting Director, Hierro has left the federation altogether as he looks to seek a new challenge in football.

Former Chelsea forward Diego Costa was alleged to have clashed with Hierro before crashing out to Russian Federation during the penalty shootout.