Fernando Hierro

Where is Fernando Hierro now?

Many people in the game were surprised when Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro signed for Bolton Wanderers, but he was persuaded by former team mates Steve McManaman and Ivan Campo.

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.

During his 22-year career, Hierro won a number of trophies including five La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League on three occasions with Real Madrid.

He was also an important member of the Spain national side in the 1990’s winning 89 caps and scoring 29 goals.
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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 his four-year spell in the role the Spain team established themselves as world-beaters winning the 2008 UEFA European Championships and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

After his unbelievable success with the national team he 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 Hierro made a return to Real Madrid when he replaced Zinedine Zidane as the club’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, he 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 he 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, he 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 to host nation Russia.

Upon their exit from the finals he stepped down as manager and hasn’t returned to the game in any capacity since.

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