Fernando Hierro has resigned from his role as the Spain national team head coach following a disappointing World Cup exit in Russia, the Spanish FA confirmed.
Hierro served as the sporting director in the Spanish Football Association before called to step in just 24 hours before the World Cup commencement to replace Julen Lopetegui who was sacked sensationally for what was termed as ‘unprofessional conduct’ in his transfer dealings with Real Madrid.
According to a statement from the Spanish Football Association, Fernando Hierro announced his resignation and also turned down a chance to return to his former role as a sporting director.
“Fernando Hierro has decided to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges.” The statement reads in part.
Hierro was at the realm of Sporting activities as a Sporting director between 2007 – 2011 during which Spain won the European Championship and started his second tenure in November 2017 till his last minute call to coach the team in Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Spain started their World Cup outing with a dramatic 3-3 draw with Portugal. Diego Costa’s goal became the only goal of the match as they defeated Iran 1-0 before going ahead to draw 2-2 with Morocco to top the group.
They faced exit in the Round of 16 after a beautiful display against the tournament hosts, Russia but lost in penalties.