A while back, we did an article looking at the five ex-Bolton players that were at the World Cup having made their respective squads. Little did we know that a former Wanderer would be managing a side as well.
It’s all come as a massive surprise to everyone involved. Yesterday, Real Madrid had announced Spain boss Julen Lopetegui would take over from Zinedine Zidane after the World Cup. Seemingly unhappy he took the job before consulting his current employers, Lopetegui was sacked this morning, just over 48 hours before the Spaniards open up their Group B campaign against Iberian rivals Portugal.
Who steps in then? Only former Wanderers midfielder Fernando Hierro. Hierro is currently sporting director at the Spanish federation but only has one season of managerial experience, with Oviedo in the Spanish second tier, as well as a short spell as Real Madrid assistant to Carlo Ancelotti. Hierro will manage Rodrigo, another player who had a brief spell with us.
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) June 13, 2018
It’s just a shame that Sam Allardyce isn’t England manager, which would have made for a quite Boltonian clash if the two countries had met at some stage. And if he does well, he might move onto bigger things one day. Like the Macron dugout.