Fernando Hierro steps down as Spain manager after four games in charge

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Hierro, 50, was sensationally appointed Spain coach on the eve of the tournament, after previous boss Julen Lopetegui was sacked for agreeing to take the Real Madrid job.

The RFEF's executive committee met on Monday and unanimously approved Luis Enrique's appointment just eight days after the national team, under caretaker manager Fernando Hierro, were eliminated on penalties by hosts Russian Federation in the second round of the World Cup.

Barcelona were one of the first to congratulate former coach Luis Enrique on his new role in charge of the Spanish national team.

Ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been named Spain's new boss.

Before that, Spain were humiliated at the hands of the Netherlands in 2014 and beaten by Italy at Euro 2016 - their 2008-2012 winning streak but a distant memory.

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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".

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This has resulted in a newfound apathy across the national team fanbase and Luis Enrique must find a way to bring back the trust and optimism of the old days.

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder had been a target for Arsenal to replace former manager Arsene Wenger. "His mission will be to return Spain to the place where [Luis] Aragones and [Vicente] Del Bosque had taken it". He followed it up with a domestic double in the 2015-16 campaign.

Molina, 47, is a former Spanish national goalkeeper and also played for Atletico Madrid and Deportivo de la Coruna.

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