Fernando Hierro appointed as first-team assistant

Fernando Hierro appointed as first-team assistant


Former Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro has been named as the new assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti, the club has confirmed.

The move comes after club legend Zinedine Zidane left the role at the end of last season to take over as boss at Real Madrid Castilla as he looks to carve out a managerial career for himself.

Hierro is a Los Blancos hero himself, having made 416 appearances for the club during a glorious playing career laden with trophies. The 46-year-old lifted five La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

A statement on the club’s official website announced the appointment of the ex-Spain international to replace Zidane. “The Real Madrid CF announce that Fernando Hierro has joined the sports structure as first team coach, replacing Zinedine Zidane,” it read.

Ancelotti’s other assistant, Paul Clement, remains in his role at the club. The Englishman has worked with Ancelotti since their time at Chelsea when the Italian was in charge of the west London club.

Zidane was part of the coaching staff last season in which the team won the Copa del Rey and Champions League. He is now in charge of the second-string, Real Madrid Castilla, who were relegated to Spain’s third tier last term. His first training session with his new charges will take place on Monday morning.