Chivas appoints Spanish sporting director Hierro

Former Spanish sporting director and manager Fernando Hierro was named the new sporting director of Chivas de la Liga MX on Monday.

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Monday’s announcement comes less than a week after former sporting director Ricardo Pelaez was sacked and a day after coach Ricardo Cadena was sacked.

With Hierro in charge, the new management of Chivas will have a few months to prepare for the next Clausura 2023 season.

“It’s a fantastic challenge,” said Hierro. “It’s a different project, a project that carries several million Mexicans in its soul.”

Well-known for only using players of Mexican descent, Chivas have a unique setup that draws on domestic talent.

Chivas has a massive following and the second-most Liga MX championships (12) in history, but hasn’t reached a Liga MX final since winning the title in 2017.

Hierro will be looking to revive the sleeping giants and his first major task will be to bring in a manager who can help him with the process.

“We are looking for a coach who knows how to work with young people, who knows the league or who has worked closely with the league, as well, who has trained in the major European leagues,” Hierro said of the search. ‘framing. . “These are the characteristics that we have in mind that the person must have.”

Chivas struggled to pick up just five wins in the 2022 Apertura season as they limped into the playoff round with a ninth-place finish.

Against Puebla on October 9 in the first round of the playoffs, Chivas finished with a 1-1 draw in regulation time before being knocked out 5-4 in an ensuing penalty shootout, denying them a spot. in the last eight of the Liguilla. Cadena and Pelaez were then dismissed last week.

Prior to taking over Chivas, Hierro had two stints with the Spanish Football Federation as sporting director from 2007-11 and 2017-18. In 2016-17 he managed Real Oviedo.

During the 2018 World Cup, the former Real Madrid player took charge of Spain, stepping in at the last moment when Julen Lopetegui was sacked ahead of the tournament.

He made 601 appearances for Real Madrid during an 18-year playing career that saw him win three Champions League titles and five La Liga titles. He also earned 89 caps as a player for Spain.

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