Spain have announced that Fernando Hierro will take charge of the national team for the World Cup in the wake of Julen Lopetegui’s sacking on Wednesday afternoon.
Hierro who is Spain’s sporting director takes over from Lopetegui after he was sacked by the Spanish FA for withholding his move to Real Madrid from them.
The decision came after Lopetegui was announced as the new head coach of the European champions yesterday, with reports circulating in Spain this morning that the FA were furious with the manager and were set to sack him.
Spain Under-21 manager Albert Celades, who is part of the coaching staff with the senior squad in Russia had been a leading favourite to take over but, Hierro has been charged with guiding the Spaniards through the World Cup.
The 50-year old Hierro played for Real Madrid and Bolton but has only one season of managerial experience under his belt having taken charge of Spanish second division side Real Oviedo for the 2016/2017 season.