Spain has confirmed the appointment of Luis Enrique as its new manager on a two-year deal.
Hierro announced on Sunday that he would not be continuing as Spain manager, or returning to his post as sporting director.
In fact, Spain's only victory in Russian Federation came in the form of a 1-0 win over Iran who ensured that the European side had to fight hard for all three points.
As Barcelona coach Luis Enrique worked with Spain internationals Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique, as well as Andres Iniesta who has already announced his retirement from global football.
After retiring in 2004, Enrique was groomed as a coach by Barcelona and led the club's B team to promotion to the Spanish second division and then took them to a third-place finish.
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Of the starting XI against Russian Federation, only Marco Asensio will be younger than 30 by the time the next World Cup comes around.
Luis Enrique also enjoyed a successful playing career, competing for both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Enrique's first game in charge will be a Uefa Nations League game away to England at Wembley Stadium on Sept 8.
This has resulted in a newfound apathy across the national team fanbase and Luis Enrique must find a way to bring back the trust and optimism of the old days. He followed it up with a domestic double in the 2015-16 campaign.
Rubiales also appointed former La Roja and Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Jose Francisco Molina as Spain's new sporting director.