Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has emerged as a candidate to Coach Spain following the conclusion of this summer’s World Cup.
A report in Diario AS stated former Espanyol Coach Quique Sanchez Flores was the frontrunner for the post, with Luis Enrique, formerly of Barcelona, also in contention.
Now El Mundo Deportivo say former Real Madrid defender Karanka has emerged as a surprise candidate for the position, currently occupied by Fernando Hierro on a temporary basis.
Karanka formerly managed Middlesbrough and was number two at Madrid to Jose Mourinho, while he has two years of a contract running at the English Championship side.
He has previously managed the Under-15 Spanish side, before being brought into Madrid’s coaching staff in 2010.
Hierro is not expected to retain his temporary position after the World Cup, although he could be moved back into a Director of Football role.
Spain exited the World Cup at the last 16 stage following a surprise penalty shootout defeat against Russia.