Spain has sacked their manager just one day before the World Cup begins. Julen Lopetegui has been relieved of his duties with the Spanish national team, a day after he was unveiled as the next Real Madrid manager.
The decision was made by RFEF president Luis Rubiales who had earlier convinced Lopetegui to sign a new two-year deal as Spain boss ahead of the tournament in Russia. Ferndando Hierro has now been appointed as head coach for the World Cup.
The axing of Lopetegui is likely to anger players with reports suggesting they attempted to save his job when news broke this morning that he was likely to be axed
Spain start their World Cup campaign on Friday with a difficult clash against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal side.
Rubiales is believed to be “furious” at the decision to announce Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement.
Rubiales blamed Madrid for his decision to sack Lopetegui. He said: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach, we wish him the best of luck.
“I don’t want to get into how Real Madrid should go about things. The Spanish team is the team of all Spain.