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Men's Football Hierro leaves Spain boss role

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FERNANDO HIERRO is out as coach of Spain’s national team after less than a month in charge and a disappointing four-game run at the World Cup.

The Spanish federation said today that it wanted “to thank Fernando Hierro for his commitment and for assuming the responsibility of being in charge of the national team during some extraordinary situations.”

Hierro was promoted from sporting director to the top job two days before Spain opened the tournament against Portugal. New federation president Luis Rubiales was incensed that previous coach Julen Lopetegui had agreed to take charge of Real Madrid after the World Cup without giving the federation sufficient notice. 

Spain drew with Portugal and Morocco and beat Iran 1-0 to win their group, then lost to Russia on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the round of 16, a match in which the Spanish were criticised for completing more than 1,000 passes without producing enough scoring chances.

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