MADRID - Spain sporting director Fernando
Hierro will stand down at the end of June when his contract runs
out, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Friday.
The former Real Madrid and Spain international, who with
coach Vicente del Bosque helped the country win Euro 2008 and
last year's World Cup, told local media that he had decided to
spend more time with his family.
"There is no problem with the federation, nor with the
president or anyone," Hierro was quoted as saying. "It's already
been four years and I believe that the moment has come to give
priority to other aspects of my life.
"It's simply that the moment has come to cut the tie, to
start a new phase, to rest."
The RFEF said in a statement on their website there would be no other changes in the national team coaching
staff for the time being.
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