Among the candidates to take over for the next qualifying campaign is Roberto Martinez, who has impressed many at worldwide level with the style of his Belgium team and his possession based football would suit the Spanish style of play, also the lure of returning to his homeland may be too good for Martinez to turn down.
"The match. was a horror".
Cherchesov knows his players stuck to his plan of sitting back and soaking up the Spanish attempts to break through with their once-feared tiki-taka passing game but against Croatia his team will need to also score and just Dzyuba may not be enough.
"We have our identity which is because of the type of players we have", he said.
The Barcelona-based Sport newspaper criticised Real Madrid, the Catalan club's bitter rivals, for "blowing apart the Roja's chances" by approaching Lopetegui when they did.
Lovren's Croatia qualify for World Cup quarter-finals
Croatia settled better after 20 minutes, dictating play with prolonged spells of possession through Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic . Subs: Lossl, Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Kvist, Nicolai Jorgensen, Dolberg, Fischer, Larsen, Lerager, Schone, Sisto , Ronnow.
"That doesn't worry me, I don't think it's something for right now", said Hierro, when asked about his future in the role.
"This is a great victory for us, for the whole country, the soul of the country", Mikhail Sitner, 34, from Moscow, said.
"Spain had a "siesta" for 80 minutes and didn't have any luck in extra time", said the paper.
It was Iniesta who scored the most important goal in Spain's history in South Africa, in extra-time to help them beat Netherlands in the 2010 final, but he could not intervene after coming on as a substitute against Russian Federation.
It was the classic "tiki-taka" style that led to a World Cup title in 2010, bookended by a pair of European Championships.
Russia's win over the 2010 world champions has boosted the confidence of what was the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament, and has whetted the hosts' appetite for more success.
Iniesta isn't the only player who will announce his retirement from global football. Hernandez is 38 and left the national team after Spain's first-round elimination in 2014. Iniesta himself addressed the announcement, acknowledging that despite not getting the dream ending he wanted. "It's a shame we couldn't go through".