By Chux Odoh
Former Barcelona manager and Spanish international Luis Enrique has been appointed as the new coach of the Spanish to replace Julen Lopetegui, the country’s football federation (RFEF) announced on Monday.
The RFEF sacked Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup following the manager’s decision to take over the Real Madrid job despite him having a contract with the national team and Fernando Heirro was drafted in as an emergency replacement as the federation was looking for a new coach.
The RFEF’s executive committee met and unanimously approved Enrique’s appointment on Monday, just eight days after 2010 champions were eliminated on penalties by hosts Russia in the second round of the World Cup.
Enrique has been out of work since leaving Barcelona as coach in May 2017 and was a reported to have attracted interests from Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in April.
“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.
“There’s a total agreement. He’s had bigger offers but he wanted to be national team coach and I want to highlight the sacrifice he has made.”