Following Spain’s shock elimination at the 2018 World Cup, coach Fernando Hierro has decided to part ways with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RSFF).
Julen Lopetegui was relieved of his post after he was announced as Real Madrid’s new manager, which the Spanish FA did not take kindly.
Hierro was named caretaker manager as La Roja were dumped out at the round of 16 stage by hosts Russia on penalties.
The 50-year-old has now also opted againt returning to his post as director at the RSFF.
“After many kilometres of walking together, the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro put an end to their relationship once the participation of Spain in the World Cup in Russia ended. The coach declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges,” the Spanish FA said in a statement.
“After two spells as sporting director of the Federation, the first between 2007 and 2011 – coinciding with the best period of the national team, which won the 2008 European Championship with Luis Aragones as coach and the 2010 World Cup with Vicente del Bosque – and the second from November 2017 until now, the RFEF wants to thank Fernando Hierro for his commitment and sense of responsibility when he took the lead in the national team in this extraordinary situation, as well as in the performance of all his duties.
“The Federation wants to highlight the professional and human values of an extraordinary athlete who wants the best of fortunes.
“Thanks for everything, Fernando!”
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