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The Spanish FA (RFEF) has announced that Fernando Hierro will not continue in the post of Spain’s head coach following the country’s last-16 exit at the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Hierro took charge of Spain after Loptegui was sacked just before the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Hierro was hastily ushered into the position after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui just days before the competition began. Spain started the World Cup in Russia with a 3-3 draw against Portugal then defeated Iran 1-0. They won the Group B after a 2-2 draw with Morocco.
Once in the knockout phase, they held the upper hand on Russia. But in the end, they lost the match on the penalties. And, it was enough to convince Hierro. RFEF released a lengthy statement regarding the issue,
“After many kilometres of walking together, RFEF and Fernando Hierro put an end to their relationship once the participation of Spain in the World Cup in Russia ended. The coach declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges.”
“RFEF wants to thank Fernando Hierro for his commitment and sense of responsibility when he took the lead in the national team in this extraordinary situation, as well as in the performance of all his duties. The Federation wants to highlight the professional and human values of an extraordinary athlete who wants the best of fortunes. Thanks for everything, Fernando!”
Hierro enjoyed a storied playing career that primarily was spent with Real Madrid. He spent 14 years, having previously turned out for Valladolid.
He won five La Liga crowns and three Champions Leagues with the Bernabeu side.
Fernando completed his playing days at Al Rayyan and Bolton. Previously, he had been the head coach of Oviedo in Spain’s second tier.