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SPAIN APPOINT LUIS ENRIQUE AS THEIR NEW BOSS

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Luis Enrique has been appointed as the new boss for the Spain National Team after a long break.

The 48-year-old Spaniard replaces caretaker boss Fernando Hierro after he resigned following their disastrous World Cup in Russia.The former Barca boss has penned a two-year deal with the 2010 champions.

Spain’s World Cup preparation was plunged in disarray after former manager Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament.

Hierro, who was technical director before his last-gasp appointment, could only reach the round of 16 with Spain before they were dumped out of the tournament to Russia.

But now they can look forward to a new era with Enrique at the helm.

Enrique has been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea in recent months but remained without a job since leaving the Nou Camp 12 months ago.

His gap year follows a hugely-successful stint at Barcelona where he led the Catalans to nine honours during his three seasons in charge, including an historic treble in 2015.

Enrique has previously spoken of becoming national head coach in the past, saying two years ago: “Would I like to be coach of the national team? Yes, a lot.”

Quique Sanchez Flores, Michel, Roberto Martinez and Victor Sanchez del Amo were all mentioned as possible contenders for the role.

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