After FORMER manager Julen Lopetegui was FIRED by Spain earlier today, U21 Manager Fernando Hierro has been chosen to lead the national team into the 2018 World Cup.
Hierro has already been given his schedule ahead of the tournament and will appear at a press conference today at 17:00 (GMT) before taking charge of his first training session.
On Friday Hierro takes to the world’s stage in tough circumstances against Euro 2016 winners Portugal in Group B.
Who is Fernando Hierro?
Fernando Hierro is a familiar name to anybody who ever watched Real Madrid throughout the 90’s.
Beginning his career at Valladolid Hierro earned a move to Real Madrid in 1989. His spell with Real Madrid lasted 14 years, most of which was as club captain.
as a player, Hierro often dropped deep as a midfielder or played as a defender, Astonishingly so he managed to net 102 goals in 439 games for Real Madrid. Helping himself to 5 La Liga titles and 3 Champions League titles in the process.
Post-retirement Fernando Hierro was appointed Sporting Director of RFEF in late 2007, where he remained for 4-years.
In July 2011, Hierro was hired as the Director of Football at Malaga. Unfortunately, he left the position less than a year later, in May, despite the club finishing 4th and qualifying for Champions League football for the first time in club history.
In 2014, the love child of Prince Charles and Diego Costa, returned to his footballing home Real Madrid, where became an assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti.
In what appear to be a weird state of events, Hierro was replacing Zidane who took charge of the Castilla side in the very same way that he’s now replacing the man who is replacing Zidane at Real Madrid.
Fast forward to 2016 and Fernando Hierro has been given his first head coaching role at cult wonder club Real Ovedio. In June 2017 Hierro left his position after failing to get the club into promotion contention.
10 years on since his start with Royal Spanish Football Federation Fierro resumed his position as Sporting Director of RFEF. A position he has held with relative success over the past 12 months.