On the eve of the World Cup, Spain head coach Lopetegui has been sacked with immediate effect
Spain Head Coach Julen Lopetegui Sacked
The decision by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) comes after Real Madrid announced Lopetegui would be their coach next season and had signed a three-year deal with the Spanish giants. Zinedine Zidane recently resigned after winning the Champions League for the third time in a row.
The Federation had announced a few days ago that Lopetegui would leave the role after the World Cup, but it was reported that Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales was so angry that he was prepared to fire him immediately. Clearly, he has followed through on that anger.
The RFEF have said that the decision was because the negotiations took place “without any information to the RFEF.”
Rubiales continued; “I’m sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.
“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.”
The overall reaction to the news has been shock, largely due to the timing of the announcement.
Lopetegui had led the national side on a 20-game unbeaten run since he took over after the 2016 European Championships, and they had every chance of winning the World Cup in Russia.
However, this has now thrown their tournament into disarray and it has just been announced that under-21 coach Albert Celades has been promoted up the the head-coaching role.
More to come.
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