Luis Enrique Appointed Spain Manager

 Luis Enrique Appointed Spain Manager

Luis Enrique
Ex-Barcelona and Roma coach Luis Enrique has been appointed as Spain manager on a two-year contract. The 48-year-old former Spain midfielder replaces Fernando Hierro, who stepped down as interim boss on Sunday.

Hierro – who is not returning to his role as sporting director – was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup. Luis Enrique has been out of management since leaving the Nou Camp last June. He takes charge of a team that were knocked out of the World Cup at the last-16 stage on penalties by hosts Russia.
Luis Enrique, who played for Real Madrid and Barcelona, won the La Liga, Spanish Cup and Champions League treble as Barca manager in 2015. His first game in charge will be a Uefa Nations League game away to England at Wembley on 8 September.

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has joined West Ham on a three-year deal and says he has moved to the club he supported as a boy. The 26-year-old England player’s contract with the Gunners expired at the end of June.

The Hammers are also closing in on the signing of Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko.A fee of about 20m euros is understood to have been agreed with Borussia Dortmund.
Wilshere is set to fly to Switzerland to link up with new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini’s squad at the club’s pre-season training camp. Despite his career being badly affected by injuries, the Hammers are confident Wilshere can make a meaningful contribution to a squad being overhauled by Pellegrini.

Wilshere made 197 first-team appearances for Arsenal and was part of the 2014 and 2015 FA Cup-winning sides.

In tennis, Defending champion Roger Federer outclassed France’s Adrian Mannarino to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Federer, 36, won 6-love 7-5 6-4 against the 22nd seed on Centre Court, and has now won 32 consecutive sets at SW19.

The top seed is bidding for a joint record ninth singles title to draw level with Martina Navratilova.

Eleswhere, Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a straightforward win over Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina.

In what was a rare meeting between mothers at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament, Williams was in control throughout a 6-2 6-2 victory.

Rodina, whose left thigh and right knee were taped, often moved slowly and could not deal with Williams’ power.

The American, 36, faces Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi next.

Tolani Giwa

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