Spain v Switzerland - International Friendly
VILLAREAL, SPAIN - JUNE 03: Fernando Hierro, sporting director of Spain looks on prior to the International Friendly match between Spain and Switzerland at Estadio de La Ceramica on June 3, 2018 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui was shockingly fired today after he secured a managerial role with Real Madrid yesterday and quickly replaced with his assistant Fernando Hierro.

New coach Hierro has told Spanish team to immediately move on from the shock departure of their previous boss and be positive, saying they have ‘no time to mourn’ if they are to compete for the World Cup.

The 50-year-old addressed the media at their World Cup base in Krasnodar for the first time since being appointed Spain’s new head coach. While he was keen to wish Lopetegui all the best for the future, Hierro insisted that Spain’s World Cup hopes will hinge on their ability to move on from the controversy in time for their opening game against Portugal on Friday.

Hierro said, according to Daily Mail:

‘We have no time to mourn. We will overcome this. We’ve come to fight for the World Cup. The team is excited, we have a great opportunity and that must be the focus.

‘We have to be positive, opinions are not valid here, we have to turn the page, be positive, think about the players in the delegation and what we represent.’