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Untested Hierro hopes to repeat Zidane’s coaching success

Untested Hierro hopes to repeat Zidane’s coaching success

News 14 Jun 2018, 00:11 IST



Untested Hierro hopes to repeat Zidane's coaching success


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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Fernando Hierro did not hesitate when requested if he would feel free to turn into the Zinedine Zidane of the nationwide workforce.

“Where do I sign,” mentioned Hierro, smiling widely just a few hours after being named Spain trainer in a chaotic shuffle two days earlier than the workforce’s opening World Cup fit. “Hopefully.”

Hierro is taking up a significant coaching task with none vital earlier enjoy, simply as Zidane did at Real Madrid. The former France nice went on to win 3 immediately Champions League titles as trainer earlier than quitting ultimate month.

Hierro took over as Spain trainer on Wednesday, in a while after the nationwide football federation’s surprising determination to fireplace Julen Lopetegui for accepting a role to lead Real Madrid subsequent season with out letting officers know prematurely.

Hierro’s first fit in price might be on Friday in opposition to European champion Portugal within the groups’ World Cup opener in Sochi.

“I couldn’t have said ‘no,'” Hierro mentioned. “I wouldn’t forgive myself.”

The 50-year-old Hierro, who used to be performing because the federation’s sports activities director in Russia, has numerous enjoy as a participant however his most effective head-coaching task used to be with second-division membership Real Oviedo two seasons in the past. He had in the past been Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Real Madrid after Zidane left the publish in 2014.

“I only have one year of experience with Oviedo and one year of experience as an assistant coach,” Hierro mentioned. “(But) I’ve been near a ball for 30 years.”

The former defender spent maximum of his occupation with Madrid, together with two seasons as Zidane’s teammate, earlier than completing his taking part in days with English membership Bolton in 2005. He has enjoy from taking part in in 4 World Cups with Spain, beginning in 1990 and finishing in 2002. He additionally performed at two European Championships, in 1996 and 2000.

At Real Madrid, he helped the workforce win 5 Spanish league titles and 3 Champions League trophies, together with as a teammate of Zidane in 2002.

Hierro mentioned coaching remained in his plans however admitted he wasn’t anticipating it to occur like this.

“I like to go step-by-step,” he mentioned. “After coaching Oviedo I knew I wanted to coach again. Then this happened with the federation and the circumstances made it possible. This is football, we never know what’s going to happen.”

Hierro did not have a lot to say about how he likes his groups to play, however he hinted he’s going to prioritize ball ownership.

For now, he mentioned, he’s going to take a look at to make as few adjustments as imaginable to the workforce that used to be coached via Lopetegui.

“You can’t,” the brand new trainer mentioned, “change the work of two years in only two days.”

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