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Spain sack manager Julen Lopetegui two days before first match

14 June 2018
Spain sack manager Julen Lopetegui two days before first match

The Spanish FA (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales confirmed the sacking at a press conference in the Russian city of Krasnodar, where the team are based, on Wednesday.

In a surprise announcement on yesterday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement. (We were told) just five minutes before the press release.

"I wasn't losing any sleep regarding a new contract as we all know that football is uncertain".

"We are left in a complicated situation", Rubiales said. We have been obliged to make this decision.

With Julen Lopetegui being announced as the new Real Madrid manager, speculation is rife as to who will take over in the national team hotseat.

Lopetegui, 51, was dismissed two days before their first World Cup game after Spanish football chiefs said it was not involved in his negotiations to become Real Madrid boss.

"There's a lot to do".

Fernando Hierro will lead Spain at the World Cup after head coach Julen Lopetegui was dramatically sacked on the eve of the tournament. "The federation has its values and it has to maintain them", Rubiales said.

Spain defender Gerard Pique cited an odd precedent for Spain's World Cup hopes in the wake of firing their coach on the eve of the tournament - University of MI basketball.

Zinedine Zidane recently resigned after winning the Champions League for the third time in a row.

"They realised very quickly that Klopp has got a very close link with Liverpool and couldn't get him out of there, and with Conte they weren't sure he was what was needed for Real Madrid".

"If I was not convinced we could have a good World Cup I would not be here", he said.

"We have been forced to do without Lopetegui".

Spain are due to face European champions Portugal in Sochi on Friday before taking on Iran and Morocco in Group B. He managed the Spain team 20 times and won 14 matches, drawing the other six games.

However, despite many feeling that Lopetegui's connection with Real Madrid would cause friction within a already politically divided squad, the Iberian nation have gone and appointed a Real Madrid legend as their new coach in Fernando Hierro.