Spain names Fernando Hierro new manager one day before World Cup

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A firestorm has erupted ahead of the World Cup for one of the tournament’s favorites.

Following Spain’s decision to sack manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup, the national side has named former Real Madrid player Fernando Hierro his successor.

Lopetegui has been pegged the new manager at Real, which has created an uproar from the Spanish FA.

Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales claimed he has been “forced” into dismissing Lopetegui, who was set to coach Spain in two days ahead of the team’s opener versus Group B opponent Portugal.

Hierro was previously named sporting director for La Furia Roja in November 2017.

As a player, Hierro represented the Spanish national team and made 89 appearances during his time on the pitch.