Spain has just appointed Fernando Hierro as their new coach for the World Cup after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui.
The former Bolton Wanderers defender was previously the sporting director of the national team, and will now step into the breach following Lopetegui’s astonishing dismissal.
Lopetegui was appointed Real Madrid manager on Tuesday, with an announcement from the club claiming that he would take the role following the conclusion of the World Cup, with Spain set to play Portugal in their opening game on Friday.
However, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) took the decision to sack the former Porto boss, with the announcement of his deal with Real reportedly sending shockwaves through the nation’s football hierarchy.
Hierro has previously been assistant manager at Real Madrid and has also worked as Malaga’s director of football.
However, he has managed just one club in his career, taking over at Real Oviedo in Spain’s Segunda Division for the 2016-17 season, though he failed to take the club to promotion, and subsequently departed by mutual consent.
Hierro is best known in Spain for his playing days at Real, where he won five La Liga titles, as well as the Champions League three times. He also spent the 2004-05 season playing under Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers.
“Fernando Hierro will assume the position of national coach in the World Championship of Russia and will appear before the media accompanied by the president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales,” a statement read.
“Next, he will direct his first training and on Friday he will debut in Sochi at the premiere of Spain against Portugal.
Spain play Portugal on Friday evening in their World Cup opener, but their plans have been left in chaos after the Lopetegui affair.