Fernando Hierro spoke to the press after being named Spain coach for the World Cup in the wake of the shock sacking of Julen Lopetegui.
Fernando Hierro gave his first press conference as Spain coach today Wednesday 13 June, in the wake of the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, who was fired earlier in the day by Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales for the manner in which he had agreed to take the Real Madrid coaching job after the World Cup.
The new coach, who was already part of the Spain set-up as Sporting Director said he had taken the job out of a feeling of responsibility to Spain. He also said that there was little that could be “changed in two days” when the team had been working together with Lopetegui for two years, and that the squad was “fantastic”.
Hierro asked Rubiales not to fire Lopetegui
Before Rubiales asked him to take over as coach, Hierro himself had pleaded with the Spanish FA president not to fire Lopetegui, but his pleas fell on deaf ears, with Rubiales feeling that Lopetegui’s behaviour in accepting the Real Madrid job while under contract with the FA, and only informing the FA that he was leaving five minutes before Real Madrid announced it, a betrayal and one which he was not willing to accept.