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‘Hierro might just be the ideal figure that Spain needs’

Steve Van Herpe, that the football in Spain, follows, gives his opinion about the brouhaha in Spain. “I would Hierro directly my car care.”

Fernando Hierro between his players at training in Russia © Belga Image

Is the preparation of Spain disrupted by the sudden resignation of Julen Lopetegui?

Steve Van Herpe: ‘It seems clear to me. Spain has the entire world cup kwalificatiecampagne finished with Lopetegui. The majority of the players from the current core he knows through and through because he is already with them worked at the U19 and the U21. It then goes to Thiago, Isco, Koke, Rodrigo, Carvajal, Asensio, Gea,… That he now suddenly have to break with those guys, yet a battle in their face.

‘His resignation, and I was not illogical. You should know that at the end of may yet, but just his contract as coach extended until 2020 and that he with a salary of three million euros per year for that feature is never seen, received a salary. If you then two weeks later suddenly going to come trotting in with a contract at Real Madrid, doesn’t get you very loyal.

Him to persist in his position as national coach during the world cup would also have the necessary commotion ensured in the selection. The players of Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos and Isco in front, rubbed themselves, of course, in the hands. But how would, for example, Iniesta, Piqué, Busquets and Alba have felt at the thought that the coach actually also been coach of Real Madrid?

“You can now say that the Spanish players experience enough to do it without a trainer to rescue, but in a fragmented country like Spain is the coach a conciliatory figure. Just think of Vicente del Bosque, whose greatest quality was that he was so psychologically strong that it was all moving in the same direction was given. It is now up to Fernando Hierro to do that.

“You, you can still ask questions on the role that Real Madrid in all of this has played, but it is sometime also called to understand that they are for Real as soon as possible their new coach wanted to imagine. It is remarkable that the Royal are satisfied with a trainer that is on the wish list until after Löw, Pochettino, Klopp and Allegri came. They had Real wait with the presentation of Lopetegui till after the world cup, then was the risk that he his aura is lost. Imagine that Spain would be like to lie in the 1/8 finals…’

What for someone is Fernando Hierro?

Steve Van Herpe: ‘Hierro, now, for fifty years, was, as a player, a monument in the Spanish football. He was a central defender who is alone with his presence as a natural authority afdwong. Not for nothing was he ‘The Marshal’. He was the leader in the locker room of Real Madrid, which he three times in the Champions League won, and in that of the Spanish national team. That wants to say something.

‘For he’s a footballer, worked Hierro as mechanieker in a garage. And as it looks always a little off, I think. With a blue overalls on and a spanner in his hand I would have him straight into my car, entrust.

‘After his spelerscarrière he was never really on the foreground, but he worked in the shade. He knows most of the players, because he was in an earlier period already technical director of the national team, which is now also over a year his position was.

‘Hierro is known as a simple, kind and authentic man, but also as a leader. He might just be the perfect, atoning figure can be that this selection need.’

Plays that Hierro a past at Real Madrid?

Steve Van Herpe: ‘That is playing now, not anymore, I think. Each and every coach contributes, of course, his past with them, but it is his job to make the national team to play football to the qualities that there are. That was Luis Aragonés, for example, very well understood. That was a Atléticoman and Atlético is already since year and day is known as a cunning counterteam. But as coach of the national team, he saw immediately in Spain, the players had to Barçastijl to play football. And it is that style that is now still used.

“The big debate in Spain is whether this team with a no. 9 should play or not. In other words: should Diego Costa up front or is this team better off with a false number 9? I’m even curious as to which choice Hierro therein.’

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