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Fernando Hierro leaves job as Spain coach after World Cup

AFP  |  Madrid 

Hierro, who stood in as when Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, will not continue in the role, the said Sunday.

Under the former Real Madrid and defender, who had little previous coaching experience, 2010 winners lost on penalties to host nation in the last 16.

"After travelling many kilometres together, the and Hierro have put an end to their relationship," the federation said.

Hierro declined to return to his previous job as the federation's and "will undertake new professional challenges", the federation wrote.

Spain were tipped among the favourites until Lopetegui caused chaos by announcing he would become Real Madrid's new after

The federation, fearing a split between players from and Real, sacked Lopetegui two days before Spain's opening game against

He described it as the saddest day of his life since the death of his mother.

Andres Iniesta, the former great who scored the winning goal in final, retired from the international team after the defeat to

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 18:20 IST