Fernando Hierro Takes Over From Sacked Lopetegui as Spain Boss

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Fernando Hierro will manage Spain at the 2018 World Cup after Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked on Wednesday.

Hierro will be in the dugout on Friday when Spain begin their campaign in the Group B opener against Portugal and will remain in charge throughout the World Cup in Russia.

The former Real Madrid and Bolton Wanderers defender is in his second spell as sporting director, has returned to the role in November 2017, six years after leaving the position.

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Hierro has previously been an assistant manager at Real Madrid and has also worked as Malaga’s director of football.

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“Fernando Hierro will assume the position of national coach in the World Championship of Russia and will appear before the media accompanied by the president RFEF, Luis Rubiales,” a statement from the Spanish Football Federation read.

“Next, he will direct his first training and on Friday he will debut in Sochi at the match of Spain against Portugal.”

As well as Portugal, Spain will face Iran and Morocco in Group B in Russia.

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