Fernando Hierro named Spain manager after Julen Lopetegui sacked
Hierro, who also had a spell with Bolton in the Premier League at the end of his playing career, knows he can have little influence on the way the team is prepared to enter the tournament but will do the best he can with the hand he has been dealt.“It is a nice challenge and an exciting one,” he told reporters at a press conference in Krasnador.“The circumstances are what they are and from now on I accept the responsibility bravely, it can’t be any other way.“We have a group of players who have been together for two years to work towards the World Cup and I have been sporting director, so I understand the motivation is huge.“We cannot alter two years of hard work in the coming days – from now until the Portugal match, we don’t have the ability to change much.“They key is to change as little as possible. We cannot change anything in two days.”Earlier in the day, Spain delayed a press conference at the same venue by well over an hour before Rubiales announced he had dismissed Lopetegui – pointing the finger of blame at Real Madrid, rather than the outgoing coach.“We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the best of luck,” he said.“I don’t want to get into how Real Madrid should go about things. The Spanish team is the team of all Spain.“If it had been up to Julen it wouldn’t have happened in this way and I wouldn’t have found out five minutes beforehand.“The negotiation occurred without the RFEF having any information. (We were told) just five minutes before the press release. We have a way of behaving that needs to be adhered to.“Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can’t be expected to find out about something like this five minutes (before the announcement) and not take the necessary decisions.”On Wednesday evening the federation said Carlos Marchena, Julian Calero and Juan Carlos Martinez Castrejon would offer assistance to Hierro in Russia, with Calero acting as his immediate number two. 2 New Spain manager Fernando Hierro and the head of the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales 2 Hierro made 89 appearances for Spain as a player Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales removed Lopetegui from the post just two days before the national team’s Group B opener against Portugal.Rubiales had been riled by being told of Lopetegui’s decision to take the Real job just five minutes before it was made public.Former Spain and Real Madrid captain Hierro, who moves from his role as the team’s director of football, was presented to the press at the Krasnodar Stadium on Wednesday afternoon before getting to work in his new post. Fernando Hierro will be Spain’s manager for the 2018 World Cup after it was announced the former Real Madrid and Bolton man would replace Julen Loptegui.Loptegui was given the chop just one day after it was confirmed he would take over as Real Madrid boss at the climax of Spain’s campaign in Russia.