Spain Head Coach Julen Lopetegui Sacked

Lawrence Cooper
June 15, 2018

"What you get...will have to do with the work you've developed", said Spanish football chief Rubiales at the press conference.

He has already denied he left in order to take over as France boss from Didier Deschamps following the World Cup.

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos said Thursday (Jun 14) that he doesn't think the sacking of Julen Lopetegui as coach on the eve of the World Cup will significantly harm Spain's chances in Russian Federation.

The World Cup kicks off on Thursday when host nation Russian Federation plays Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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.

Speaking to the media, Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales expressed dissatisfaction over Lopetegui not informing the association members regarding his decision to take over the reigns as Real Madrid coach. Rubiales then announced his decision to part ways with Lopetgui, saying the federation was "compelled to act" because of the betrayal. (We were told) just five minutes before the press release. "There is a way that you must act, Julen has worked in a great way with the team, but we can not accept how he has acted in this case".

The national team's sporting director, and former Spain captain, Fernando Hierro now takes over on an interim basis for the World Cup and he is likely to be assisted by Under-21 boss Albert Celades out in Russian Federation.

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But now, several outlets, including Spanish publication Footbal Espana are reporting that Spain are considering sacking the 51-year-old.

"I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee that the new technical team will do everything they can".

Lopetegui, who last month signed a contract extension with Spain until 2022, admitted was disappointed not to have the chance to lead his country at the World Cup but defended his conduct in negotiations with Madrid. We are working on it.

"It is true that there is very little time to prepare, but the moment is here and we are clear about what we want to achieve", he said.

Lopetegui leaves his managerial post unbeaten. Spain's opening game is a big deal given Portugal's proximity, and Cristiano Ronaldo's side are their main rivals in Group B.

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