Real Madrid sign former player Fernando Hierro as assistant coach

The Former Madrid defender replaces Zinedine Zidane, who will be coach of Madrid's reserve team.

By: Associated Press | Madrid | Published: July 11, 2014 2:05 pm
Hierro played 601 times for Madrid and was also former captain of the Spanish National team. (Source: Reuters) Hierro played 601 times for Madrid and was also former captain of the Spanish National team. (Source: Reuters)

Real Madrid says former captain Fernando Hierro will replace Zinedine Zidane as assistant to coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Hierro returns to Madrid 11 years after surprisingly exiting alongside former coach Vicente del Bosque. The former defender made 601 appearances for Madrid, scoring 127 goals and winning the Champions League three times. He also earned 89 caps for Spain.

Hierro, who took up posts as sporting director of the Spanish national team and Malaga in recent years, replaces Zidane who will become head coach of Madrid’s reserve team Real Madrid Castilla in Liga Segunda B next season.

Ancelotti, who guided Madrid to a Champions League-Copa del Rey double last season, welcomed Hierro with a simple tweet: “Welcome Fernando!”

 

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