Hierro resigns as Spain coach after World Cup exit

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Rafa Benitez was linked with the Spanish national team job when Julen Lopetegui was sacked just before the World Cup kicked off.

Luis Rubiales, head of the Spanish FA, will reportedly suggest appointing Luis Enrique as the new boss in a meeting on Monday morning, although Roberto Martínez and Quique Sánchez Flores have also been considered as potential candidates.

Fernando Hierro will not continue as Spain coach, or return to his previous role as sporting director, following the World Cup, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.

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

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They finished top of Group B but suffered a shock elimination by hosts Russian Federation in the last 16 last Sunday in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.

Spain removed its former coach on the eve of the ongoing World Cup, after it emerged he was moving to Real Madrid after the mundial.

Lucho left Barcelona last summer after two La Liga titles, one Champions League and three Copa del Rey wins, and he had a sabbatical year.

Remembering a world before the World Cup started is proving very hard now that we're in this utopia of brilliant football and weather so incredible that even in Manchester I've forgotten what rain looks like.

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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.

"We didn't speak to anyone else, we only spoke to Luis Enrique", Rubiales said.

Spain face England on September 8 at Wembley in their first game of the UEFA Nations League, after being drawn in a group which also contains Croatia.

Spain also announced Jose Francisco Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna who played nine times for the national team, as the team's sporting director.

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