Spain poised to name new coach

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Hierro - who is not returning to his role as sporting director - was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup.

Spain were beaten by tournament hosts Russian Federation on penalties in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Spain's interim coach Fernando Hierro has cut his ties with the Spanish Football Federation following the team's disastrous exit from the World Cup last week, the organisation said on Sunday. Andres Iniesta remains the only one to retire in the aftermath of that game, making Pique's predicament more pertinent with each passing day.

His appointment was announced this afternoon at a press conference by president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales.

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Luis Enrique also enjoyed a successful playing career, competing for both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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Lopetegui had taken the Real Madrid job without informing his employers, a betrayal that left Rubiales and the Spanish FA seething.

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

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A great number of tasks are at hand for Luis Enrique when he begins life as the coach of the Spanish national team, with a select number dominating the fate of his tenure.

Despite been out of work since quitting the Nou Camp outfit, the 48-year-old football tactician has been linked with Arsenal after Arsene Wenger resigned at the end of last campaign.

Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper with Atletico Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna and Villarreal, earned nine Spain caps as a player.

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