Julen Lopetegui
Julen Lopetegui

Spain sack their manager Julen Lopetegui soon after it was revealed that he will take charge of Real Madrid after the World Cup comes to an end.

Spain was scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday at the Krasnodar Stadium but it was delayed by well over an hour before Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales announced the decision of the sacking.

Rubiales also revealed that director of football Fernando Hierro will be in charge of the national team’s matches during the World Cup.

The Spanish FA president said: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the best of luck.”

As the Real Madrid appointment rumours were doing the rounds, it was being reported by various publications that the Spanish FA was not happy with the whole Lopetegui situation and there’s a big possibility that Spain sack their manager.

“The negotiation occurred without the RFEF having any information,” Rubiales said. “(We were told) just five minutes before the press release. We have a way of behaving that needs to be adhered to.

“The Spain team is the team of all Spaniards. You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been obliged to make this decision.”

As Spain sack their manager the players are sure to be taken aback by this decision and amidst this, they play their first game at the World Cup against Portugal on Friday.

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