Spain head coach Fernando Hierro steps down following World Cup exit

Grant SmithJul 09, 2018

Hierro was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament.

Worrying the announcement might cause disarray in the squad the Spanish FA decided to make sure there was disarray by sacking him and having Hierro take over, whose only previous managerial experience was at Oviedo in the second division.

"After many kilometers of walking together, the Spanish [Football Association] and Fernando Hierro put an end to their relationship once the participation of Spain in the World Cup has come to an end", the organization said in a statement on Sunday.

The Spanish FA said in a statement that Hierro had decided against returning to his old role and would instead seek a new challenge.

"The federation wants to highlight the professional and personal values of an extraordinary athlete, and we wish him the best".

The 2010 champions were knocked out of the tournament by hosts Russian Federation in the second round, losing 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Spain's La Roja were dumped out of the Mundial by Russia's Sbornaya after Igor Akinfeev proved too good to be beaten during their last 16 clash.

"Thanks for everything, Fernando!".

But with Hierro stepping down from his roles, the hunt for a permanent manager has started, with Roberto Martinez and Luis Enrique among the top contenders.

Spain lead Group B in the opening round of the World Cup, beating Iran 1-0 and tying with both Portugal and Morocco.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that that former World Cup winners Spain have named Fernando Hierro as their new coach ahead of their campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

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