Hierro becomes Real assistant

  • Last Updated: July 10 2014, 20:41 BST

Fernando Hierro is to return to Real Madrid as assistant coach next season, the Spanish club announced on Thursday evening.

Fernando Hierro: Returning to Real Madrid
Fernando Hierro: Returning to Real Madrid

In a statement on their official website, the European champions confirmed that former defender Hierro, who made 601 appearances for the club in a glittering 14-year career at the Bernabeu, is to replace Zinedine Zidane as Carlo Ancelotti's number two.

Hierro won five Primera Division titles, three Champions Leagues and one Copa del Rey with Madrid but left the club on less than amicable terms, following coach Vicente Del Bosque out of the door in 2003 - the day after winning the league title.

He then moved to Qatari side Al-Rayyan before ending his playing career with English side Bolton.

He became director of football with the Spanish Football Federation after hanging up his boots but has now turned his hand to coaching, returning to the club where he enjoyed the most success on the pitch.