Spain Sack Manager Julen Lopetegui On Eve Of World Cup
Spain sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui after he was named the new Real Madrid boss – two days before their opening World Cup match against Portugal.
Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui would succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu on a three-year-deal.
The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said it had dismissed the 51-year-old because the negotiation occurred “without any information to the RFEF”.
Here’s the Spanish FA president and former Hamilton Academical defender Luis Rubiales explaining the decision:
“We have to decided to fire the national coach. What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck. The Spanish national team is the team of all the Spaniards. We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid.
“There is a way that you must act, Julen has worked in a great way with the team, but we cannot accept how he has acted in this case.”
Lopetegui became Spain manager in 2016 following Vicente del Bosque‘s retirement, and remained unbeaten through his reign.
Spain won 14 of 20 games with Lopetegui in charge, drawing the remaining six.
Spain begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal on Friday.