Fernando Hierro quits as Spain sporting director after World Cup exit

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Fernando Hierro, who led Spain at the 2018 World Cup, has stepped down as coach and will not return to his former role as sporting director.

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.

Under the former Real Madrid and Spain defender, who had little previous coaching experience, 2010 winners Spain lost on penalties to host nation Russian Federation in the last 16.

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Enrique has been out of management since leaving the Nou Camp last June.

Under the former Real Madrid and Spain defender, who had little previous coaching experience, 2010 winners Spain lost on penalties to host nation Russian Federation in the last 16.

"There's a total agreement".

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Enrique was asked two years ago about taking over from Vicente del Bosque and said, "Would I like to be coach of the national team?"

"He will be unveiled next week".

"Luis Enrique comes with his staff, but he will talk about that next week".

Former Roma and Celta Vigo coach Enrique lifted countless trophies during his time in charge of Barca including two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League.

Speaking at a press conference that was not attended by the new coach, Rubiales said: "The decision has been unanimous".

He scored 12 goals in 62 appearances for Spain, was a member of the squad that won gold at the 1992 Olympics and represented the national team at three World Cups as well as Euro 1996.

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