Fernando Hierro, a former Spain captain, has been announced as the new coach of the national team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Hierro, 50, replaces Julien Lopetegui who was sacked on Wednesday, the day after he (Lopetegui) was announced as Real Madrid coach for next season.
“Fernando Hierro will assume the position of selecting the national team at the World Cup in Russia and will appear before the media accompanied by the president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales,” the Spanish FA announced on their official website on Wednesday.
“Next, he will direct his first training and on Friday he will debut in Sochi in the Spain against Portugal match.”
Real Madrid legend Hierro, was Spain’s captain and a veteran of four World Cups. He last coached lower division Real Oviedo.
The former Bolton Wanderers defender is in his second spell as sporting director, having returned to the role in November 2017, six years after leaving the position.