Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Spain sack head coach Julen Lopetegui day before the World Cup

Spain sack head coach Julen Lopetegui day before the World Cup

"Only they can put out this fire". Numerous staff are still with us and we've watched videos about the upcoming match, so we have to be intelligent and coherent. "It was a surprise for everyone, but Rubiales reacted very well". I have no opinion about how Real Madrid act.

Spain had been many peoples tip to win the World Cup in Russian Federation, although the drama of today's events may well cause many to change their minds.

Spain left for the World Cup in Russian Federation free of distractions and with high hopes of competing for the title it won in 2010.

Spain face Portugal on Friday in the Fisht Olympic Stadium at 7pm, and all eyes will be on Hierro and his team as they look to put this incident behind them.

Lopetegui will soon coach Ramos, Isco, Asensio and fellow Spanish internationals Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez and Lucas Vazquez at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

"Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can't be expected to find out about something like this five minutes (before the announcement) and not take the necessary decisions".

"We are the national team". "We are the National Team, we represent a shield, colors, fans and a nation", he tweeted. Responsibility and commitment are with you and for you. "Yesterday, today and tomorrow, together".

One of Rubiales' first tasks in his role was to extend Lopetegui's contract, and now the Spain boss has reneged by signing a deal with Madrid, the Spanish FA chief was concerned he has been played a fool. Rumors began to fly that Lopetegui's job was in danger.

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales sacked Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament, citing his conduct in agreeing to become the next Real coach without informing his current employers.

And in a sensational development 24 hours later, Spain announced that Lopetegui had been sacked, with Fernando Hierro set to take over the reins for the finals.

He enjoyed success with the country's youth sides, winning the 2012 Under-19 European Championship before repeating the feat as Under-21 boss 12 months later.

Now it will proceed with a void at the top, with Lopetegui's replacement yet to be determined.

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