Hierro resigns as Spain coach after World Cup exit

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Lopetegui was sacked two days before their opening World Cup match with Portugal after he was named Real Madrid boss.

Fernando Hierro has parted company with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) following his stint as Spain head coach at the 2018 World Cup, it has been confirmed.

The 50-year-old has made a decision to turn down his former role, despite being still under contract with the Spanish FA (RFEF).

In Russia, Spain topped Group B under Hierro.

"After walking many kilometres side by side, the Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro have brought their relationship to an end following the conclusion of Spain's campaign at the World Cup in Russia", the RFEF said. "The coach declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges", the Spanish FA said in a statement.

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Spain won only one of their four games in Russian Federation, a 1-0 victory over Iran in the group stage, and drew 3-3 with Portugal and 2-2 with Morocco.

"The Federation wants to highlight the professional and human values of an extraordinary athlete who wants the best of fortunes".

Andres Iniesta, the former Barcelona great who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, retired from the global team after the defeat to Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that that former World Cup winners Spain have named Fernando Hierro as their new coach ahead of their campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Julen Lopetegui was relieved of his post after he was announced as Real Madrid's new manager, which the Spanish FA did not take kindly.

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