Former Real Madrid captain Fernando Hierro
believes Vicente Del Bosque should never have been fired as coach at the
Del Bosque, who steered Real to two European Cups, two league titles and
the World Club Cup, was released by the Primera Liga side after the
"It was hard to find someone better," the Bolton defender told sports
daily L'Equipe on Tuesday.
"As a person, Vicente had great qualities. As a coach, he knew how to
deal with the players, he was very tactful.
"He did not need to be authoritarian. His 38 years at Real Madrid would
do the talking."
Hierro added: "He won seven trophies for Real in four years. It is
almost unique in such a short period of time.
"We should have continued with Vicente Del Bosque and we should never
have dropped Claude Makelele and Fernando Morientes."
Del Bosque was replaced at Real in June 2003 by Carlos Queiroz, the
first of three coaches who have since taken charge.
In July 2003, Jose Antonio Camacho took over from Queiroz before
resigning two months later.
Mariano Garcia Remon was named as a replacement before the arrival of
Brazilian Vanderlei Luxemburgo in January.
Real won their first seven Liga games under Luxemburgo before being
eliminated from the King's Cup and from the Champions League by Juventus
They trail runaway leaders Barcelona by 11 points in the Primera Liga
after losing 2-1 at lowly Getafe on Sunday.