Fernando Hierro, on the way to becoming sporting director of Chivas

After the departure of Ricardo Pelaez as sports director Chivas, the list of possible replacements continues to grow. Earlier this week, the likes of Álvaro Dávila, Luis Miguel Salvador, Guillermo Cantú, Duilio Davino and Gerardo Terrado were all linked to the job with the latest person linked to the role coming from abroad in the form of Fernando Hierro.

Sources close to the Chivas board claim the ex-Real Madrid captain is indeed with one of the candidates being considered and the contact between the Spaniard and the club has already started.

As a player, Fernando Hierro has been a key figure in Real Madrid’s recent history. He made his La Liga debut with Valladolid in 1987, but two years later joined ‘Los Blancos’, where he remained until 2003. There it coincided with Mexican striker Hugo Sánchez and won the Champions League three times (1998, 2000 and 2002) and appeared in three World Cups with the Spanish national team. Italy 1990, United States 1994 and France 1998.

He has experience working with the Spanish FA and second division Málaga where he worked for a year 2011-2012 both as sports director.

The 54-year-old was also Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Real Madrid in 2014 and managed Real Oviedo in 2016. Hierro was also forced to take charge of the Spain team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia when Lopetegui was sacked and oversaw ‘La Roja”s Round of 16 exit to hosts Russia on penalties.

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