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Luis Enrique, Míchel or Sánchez Flores? Who will be the next Spain coach?

Luis Enrique at the 2002 World Cup.
Luis Enrique at the 2002 World Cup. / ABC
  • In a poll conducted by SUR, Luis Enrique was the overwhelming favourite among fans

Ever since Julen Lopetegui's departure on 13 June, three names have been continually linked with the Spain head coach role: Luis Enrique, Míchel and Quique Sánchez Flores.

The trio, who are all free agents after their spells with Barcelona, Malaga and Espanyol, respectively, came to an end, continue to be the frontrunners now that Fernando Hierro's spell in the hotseat ended in disappointment.

In a poll conducted by SUR, Luis Enrique was the overwhelming favourite among fans, with 52 per cent of the vote. The Champions League and two-time La Liga winner was capped 62 times by Spain, participating in two World Cups and one European Championship.

Quique Sánchez Flores and Míchel took second and third place with 30 and 18 per cent of the vote, respectively.

A new candidate

However, since this poll was conducted, a new candidate has entered the fray - Belgium coach Roberto Martínez.

This link came after Spanish radio programme El Larguero suggested that he was now the favourite for the hotseat, speculation Martínez brushed off ahead of his side's clash against Brazil on Friday: "I think now the only thing that matters is the quarter-finals of the World Cup."