Where is Fernando Hierro now?
Although he only spent one year at the club before finishing his playing career in 2005, many of the Bolton faithful were appreciative of the fact that he always put in a shift and wasn’t just at that club for a last big payday.
Hierro won a number of trophies during his time at Real Madrid including five La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League on three occasions.
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After a few years enjoying retirement, Hierro returned to football in 2007 when he was appointed as the Spanish FA’s director of football.
During Hierro’s four-year spell in the role the Spain team established themselves as world-beaters winning the 2008 European Championships and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
After his unbelievable success with the national team Hierro moved back to club football in 2011 when he was appointed as La Liga side Malaga’s director of football.
He held the post for a year before leaving due to the club’s financial difficulties, even though they finished the season in fourth place and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
In 2014 Fernando Hierro was back at Real Madrid replacing another club legend, Zinedine Zidane as the Spanish giant’s assistant coach working alongside manager Carlo Ancelotti.
After Ancelotti was sacked in May 2015, Hierro was asked to stay on as a coach by new manager Rafael Benitez but he refused the offer as he wanted to start a new career as a manager.
In June 2016, Fernando Hierro got his first taste of first team management when he was appointed head coach of Spanish Second Division side Real Oviedo.
Unfortunately his Oviedo side missed out on the promotion play offs on the last day of the season and Hierro left the club by mutual consent after spending just one season at the club.
In November 2017, Hierro made a return to the Spanish FA to work once again as the director of football – the position had been vacant since he left six years previous.
In a move that surprised many, Hierro was drafted in as head coach of the Spanish national team just days before the FIFA 2018 World Cup when Julen Lopetegui was sacked for agreeing to join Real Madrid without consulting the Spanish FA.
Taking over an ageing Spain squad who looked to be well past their best, Hierro’s side were knocked out in the second round by penalties to host nation Russia.
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Fernando Hierro: Premier League Statistics
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Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com