Former soccer player Fernando Hierro of Spain attends a news conference ahead of the 2014 World Cup draw at the Costa do Sauipe resort in Sao Joao da Mata, Bahia state, December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
CAIRO – 13 June 2018: President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, announced on Wednesday that former Spanish international, Fernando Hierro will be Spain national team's manager at the World Cup.
Hierro will succeed the sacked manager, Julen Lopetegui, who was named Real Madrid's new manager only two days before the World Cup.
The timing of Real Madrid’s announcement angered Rubiales who decided to fire Lopetegui who has managed Spain since 2016 and led the team to the World Cup unbeaten.
“We have been forced to do without Lopetegui; I have spoken with the players, and I can guarantee that they will do everything they can with the new coaching staff,” Rubiales told press after his decision.
Hierro, who represented Spain at four World Cup tournaments, served as Spanish football association sporting director in the last year.
Rubiales commented on Real Madrid’s announcement of adding Lopetegui at this time, saying “I don't have to judge Real Madrid; the one who brought the matter to him is responsible because things can't be done that way."
Spain plays in Group C at the World Cup alongside Portugal, Morocco and Iran.