Hierro leaves Spain post after World Cup

Spain will be seeking a new head coach after the RFEF confirmed Fernando Hierro will not be staying in the post after Russia 2018.

Fernando Hierro, head coach of Spain gestures during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.   -  Getty Images

Fernando Hierro will not continue as Spain head coach or return to his previous role as sporting director following the World Cup, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.

Hierro stepped up to become interim coach after Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked on the eve of the World Cup following the announcement he was to take charge at Real Madrid at the end of the tournament.

Spain subsequently qualified from the group stage but went out to host Russia at the last-16 stage following a penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

Hierro was not expected to continue as coach after the World Cup but the RFEF has announced he will not stay with the organisation in any role.

"The last Spanish coach declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges," the RFEF said.

"The RFEF wants to thank Fernando Hierro for his commitment and sense of responsibility when he took over the national team in extraordinary circumstances as well as in the performance of all his duties. 

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

Roberto Martinez, who has led Belgium to the semifinals of the World Cup, is among the coaches to have been linked with taking the Spain role.

Martinez played down the links ahead of a quarterfinal defeat of tournament favourite Brazil, with former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique also reported to be on the RFEF shortlist along with Michel and Quique Sanchez Flores.

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