Fernando Hierro Appointed As New Spain Head Coach
Fernando Hierro has been named the national team’s new coach for the duration of the World Cup in Russia, Spain’s Football Federation (RFEF) said in a tweet.
OFICIAL | Fernando Hierro asumirá el cargo de seleccionador nacional durante el Campeonato del Mundo de Rusia. https://t.co/JEjH39loc7
— RFEF (@rfef) June 13, 2018
Translate: ”Fernando Hierro will assume the position of national coach during World championship(World Cup) in Russia”.
The 50-year-old former national team captain will take over training on Thursday as the La Roja’s begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal on Friday.
Hierro, Sporting Director of the federation replaced Julen Lopetegui who was sacked earlier on Wednesday after the federation said he failed to tell them he had agreed to join Real Madrid after the tournament.
Hierro, a winner of five La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions Leagues in a glittering Madrid career, is relatively inexperienced as a coach.
He was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Madrid during the 2014-15 season before taking charge of second-tier Oviedo in 2016-17.
Hierro has been working as Spain’s sporting director since last November.
He spent 14 years at Real Madrid before a year in Saudi Arabia and 12 months at Bolton Wanderers and won 89 caps for his country.
On Wednesday, Spain delayed a press conference at the Krasnodar Stadium by well over an hour before Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales announced the sack of Lopetegui.