"We know that Luis Enrique is a person with character".
Cape Town - The Spanish federation has announced former Barcelona mentor Luis Enrique as the men's national team's new head coach on a two-year deal.
After a 1-1 draw with Russian Federation in the round of 16 they were eliminated 4-3 on penalties.
The former Barca boss could soon be in charge of Spain.
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"Last week I spoke with him and he made it clear that he wanted to be coach and he has turned down many important offers", Rubiales said of his discussions with the Asturian.
The Spanish FA sacked manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament after he had been announced as the new manager of Real Madrid.
RFEF president Luis Rubiales said the body had been looking for "an undeniable leader in the dressing room, who sets a pattern and that no-one deviates from".
Worrying the announcement might cause disarray in the squad the Spanish FA decided to make sure there was disarray by sacking him and having Hierro take over, whose only previous managerial experience was at Oviedo in the second division.
Speaking at a press conference that was not attended by the new coach, Rubiales said: "The decision has been unanimous".