Luis Enrique favourite for Spain job

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has emerged as the favourite to become Spain’s next Coach.

According to AS, the RFEF will announce its new sporting director at 11:00 BST on Monday, expected to be former Valencia and Spain defender Carlos Marchena.

Marchena’s appointment comes after Fernando Hierro parted with the federation, having failed to take Spain beyond the World Cup last 16 in his stint as caretaker Coach.

The newspaper explains only after that can the search for La Roja’s new boss officially begin, with President Luis Rubiales set to put forward the name of Luis Enrique.

The 48-year-old won two Liga titles, a Champions League and three Copa del Rey with Barca between 2014 and 2017.

He also scored 12 goals in 62 appearances for Spain as a player, representing his country at three World Cups and one European Championship.

AS notes Rubiales is also considering fellow free agents Quique Sanchez Flores, Paco Jemez and Pepe Mel, although the trio have ‘less support’ from the RFEF board.

Belgium’s Roberto Martinez, who was born in the Catalan province of Lleida, would also be a candidate, although an unnamed ‘federal’ source claims the Coach has not been contacted due to his ongoing commitments with the Red Devils.

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