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 Real Madrid captain and assistant manager Fernando Hierro has been announced as the new head coach of Spain for the 2018 World Cup

The former defender had been working as the Sporting Director for the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), but has been appointed the head coach for the upcoming World Cup for Spain after Wednesday morning’s shocking dismissal of Julen Lopetegui after he had agreed to join Real Madrid on a three-year deal.

Hierro’s only managerial experience comes from his one season in charge of La Liga 123 side Real Oviedo in the 2016-17 season, which he left after the club finished mid-table.

The former Spain captain made 89 international appearances and scored 29 goals, including a memorable one against Switzerland in the 1994 World Cup.

The RFEF’s official website stated that a press conference will be held on 17:30 (local time).

Under-21 Coach Albert Celades will remain in his current role.

Hierro’s first game in charge will be against Portugal on Friday in the World Cup.