Fernando Hierro Steps Down as Spain Manager

  • July 08, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Fernando Hierro's short-lived reign as manager of the Spanish national side has come to an end, following their early exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Hierro, who called time on his playing career with a stint at Bolton in 2004/05, was placed in charge just 24 hours before the tournament was due to start, following the decision to axe Julen Lopetegui after he had agreed to take over a vacant position at Real Madrid.

Hierro oversaw four games in charge, guiding Spain to the top of their group, before they were eliminated at the last 16 stage by host-nation Russia following a penalty shootout defeat in Moscow.

A statement, posted by the Spanish Football Federation, read: "After many kilometres of walking together, the Spanish FA and Fernando Hierro put an end to their relationship once the participation of Spain in the World Cup has come to an end.

"The coach declined to return to his previous position as sporting director of the Spanish FA to seek new horizons and undertake new challenges."

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