Just shortly after announcing the sacking of Julen Lopetegui as their head coach, Spain national team immediately picked a replacement, appointing former Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro as their boss in Russia.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed Hierro’s appointment on their official website, stating that the ex-defender has been chosen as new head coach and will immediately be in charge for La Furia Roja’s World Cup opening game against Portugal.
It’s not really a surprise selection, knowing that the Madrid legend has been part of Spain’s squad in Russia as sporting director, so he mostly already have close and strong relationship with current players.
Things have really been rather confusing in Spanish camp in recent days, notably soon after Lopetegui was announced as new Real Madrid head coach for next season.
Originally, he will only be starting his new venture with Los Blancos right after World Cup, but the nature of his appointment which is too sudden and without any acknowledgement towards the federation.
Apparently that sudden announcement is what enraged the Spanish federation as they felt they were being left out of any negotiation and not being respected by their employee, which in this case is Lopetegui.
It’s very interesting to see on how this situation will affect La Furia Roja’s players as they have under the former FC Porto’s supervision since the start of World Cup qualifier until just one day before the World Cup opener.