Fernando Hierro cutting all ties with Spain setup

Dean Simpson
July 10, 2018

Hierro was appointed acting coach after a surprise sacking of Julen Lopetegui who accepted to take over at Real Madrid.

The 2010 champions were dumped out of the tournament by hosts Russian Federation in the round of 16, but former Spain global Salgado feels Luis Enrique has a better chance of succeeding than Hierro, who was parachuted into the role in hard circumstances.

Lopetegui had been appointed as new Real Madrid manager and was destined to take over after the tournament in Russian Federation but RFEF president Luis Rubiales was not happy with Lopetegui not informing him about his decision.

Hierro was said to have declined to return to his old job as sporting director of the Federation in order to look for new horizons and new professional challenges.


Enrique, 48, won two LaLiga titles and the Champions League with Barca before stepping down previous year.

At the last count, Enrique has won La Liga silverware with both Real Madrid and Barcelona alongside the league, cup and Champion League treble as boss of the Nou Camp dwellers.

Spain only won one game at the World Cup, against Iran, and drew their other two group matches vs. Portugal and Morocco.

After retiring in 2004, Enrique was groomed as a coach by Barcelona and led the club's B team to promotion to the Spanish second division and then took them to a third-place finish.


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The president of the federation, Luis Rubiales, added: "We have not spoken to anybody else - only Luis Enrique".

Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper with Atletico Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna and Villarreal, earned nine Spain caps as a player.


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