Monday, 22 July, 2019

World Cup flop Spain parts ways with emergency coach Hierro

Fernando Hierro only took charge two days before the World Cup started Fernando Hierro only took charge two days before the World Cup started
Cary Erickson | 09 July, 2018, 14:18

Fernando Hierro has quit his role as Spain's national team head coach following La Furia Roja's Second Round exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

According a UK Sun report, the Real Madrid legend who took over the position just before the ongoing world Cup in Russian Federation, has also distanced himself from his former job as sports director.

Hierro has made a decision to "seek new horizons", according to the Spanish football federation (RFEF).

The Spanish FA thanked Hierro for his short spell in charge in a statement published on their official website.

Fernando Hierro, Spain's stand-in coach during the World Cup, is to leave the Spanish football federation after turning down the chance to return to his former role as sporting director.

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The former World Cup winners in 2010 played out a 3-3 draw with Portugal during his debut match claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Iran before battling Morocco to a 2-2 draw.

They finished top of Group B but suffered a shock elimination by hosts Russian Federation in the last 16 last Sunday in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.

He was appointed just two days before the World Cup started after Julen Lopetegui was sacked amid the controversy of Real Madrid announcing that Lopetegui would become Madrid's new manager after the tournament.

"The Federation want to highlight the professional and human values of an extraordinary athlete to whom we wish the best of fortunes".

Andres Iniesta, the former Barcelona great who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, retired from the worldwide team after the defeat to Russian Federation.