but they work so well together!*
UPDATE: The RFEF has issued a statement saying that Fernando Hierro will not continue in his role as sporting director once his contract ends on June 30.
Even though I’m a bit heartbroken by this news, I have to say, he is going out on top, leaving a wonderful legacy. Gracias Fernando.
Rumors were swirling around Fernando Hierro’s future yesterday, after several reports came out claiming that he had resigned from his position as sporting director of the RFEF. The man himself came out to deny these reports, saying that “the situation is the same as it was one month ago. My contract with the FEF ends on June 30, and I will continue at least until that day. I’m negotiating the renewal with president Villar, but there’s nothing concrete. I could continue or I might not, because it depends on both parts. But what is certain is that I have not resigned nor am I going to resign.”
Apparently, he has doubts about whether to resign or not, because the job requires a lot of commitment (he not only follows the senior team, but also all the lower categories) and “my family is paying for it. I have two children that I cannot dedicate a lot of time to and that’s difficult. I would like to continue working in the FEF, but my family has a say in this. I will speak with them this weekend and we’ll see what I do.”
The former Madrid defender has held the position of sporting director for the last four years (he started in September 2007), helping to usher in the golden age of Spanish football, with Spain winning the Eurocopa and the World Cup during his reign. Spain only lost four games in these four years (and I’m sure you can name all of them). He also managed the delicate transition between Luis Aragonés and Vicente del Bosque very successfully.
In the case that Hierro does not continue, the RFEF is considering handing over the position’s duties to Vicente del Bosque, who will combine it with his work as coach of the senior team.
* however, of course I can understand Fernando’s desire to spend more time with his family.