Fernando Hierro steps down as Spain manager

Hierro was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament. Hierro, 50, has decided to “seek new horizons”, according to the Spanish football federation.

This is after Spain was eliminated from the World Cup tournament by Russia in the round of 16 on penalty shoot outs.

Lopetegui was sacked two days before their opening World Cup match with Portugal after he was named Real Madrid boss. He became Spain manager in 2016 following Vicente del Bosque’s retirement, and remained unbeaten through his reign.


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