Spain Appoints Ex-Barcelona Manager Luis Enrique


Spain has officially appointed former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as their new coach to take over for the departed Julen Lopetegui, the RFEF announced Monday.

Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup following his decision to take the post at Real Madrid despite his contract with the national team.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and former Spain internationals Michel and Quique Sanchez Flores were under consideration for the job as well, but it ultimately wen to Enrique who was unanimously approved by the committee.

“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.

“He will be unveiled next week.”

Enrique, 48, guided Barca to nine titles in his three campaigns.