World Cup: new Spain boss Fernando Hierro is ready for the challenge

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Fernando Hierro has replaced Julen Lopetegui as Spain’s head coach for the World Cup

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Julen Lopetegui’s sacking caused chaos in the Spanish camp but Hierro says the squad will give 100% in Russia

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 9:20am

If Spanish football has become a soap opera in the space of 24 tumultuous hours the man charged with producing a Hollywood ending was playing it cool when he made his introductions to the press corps.

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Fernando Hierro was the man summoned to replace Julen Lopetegui following his sensational sacking yesterday morning and the 50-year-old has to now focus Spanish minds ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Portugal in their World Cup group B game.

Inexperienced

In one respect, Hierro has nothing to lose. As a player he touched greatness, appearing in four World Cups and winning Champions League titles with Real Madrid.

But what about his coaching experience? As he admitted to the media: “I have just one year of experience in [second division] Oviedo, and one year as assistant coach [2014-15 at Real].”

Not surprisingly, therefore, his message to the squad is a simple one. “I would like my team to play well, to compete very well, with quality, possession play, score two or three goals more than the rivals,” he said. “That would be good.”

It’s a challenge

Hierro, who wound down his illustrious playing career at Bolton in 2004-05, was asked how the …read more

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