Information 14 Jun 2018, 17:08 IST
Madrid, Jun 14 (AFP) Only a day after he was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui arrived in Madrid on Thursday the place he shall be formally offered as Actual Madrid’s new supervisor.
Lopetegui landed at Madrid’s Barajas airport simply earlier than 5 am (0300 GMT). He shall be formally offered as Actual new coach for the following three seasons at an occasion on the Spanish giants’ Santiago Bernabeu stadium at 7 pm (1700 GMT), the membership mentioned in an announcement.
“I’m very unhappy, however we now have an impressive staff and hopefully we’ll win the World Cup,” Lopetegui informed reporters on his departure from Spain’s coaching base in Krasnodar on Wednesday.
Spain’s World Cup preparations had been thrown into turmoil on Wednesday as Actual Madrid-bound coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked by the Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF), with Fernando Hierro taking cost simply two days earlier than their opening recreation in Russia.
In a shock announcement on Tuesday, Actual Madrid appointed Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane’s successor to take over after the match in Russia, sparking outrage among the many Spanish federation and followers on the timing of the announcement.
“Negotiating is respectable nevertheless it came about with out the RFEF being knowledgeable till 5 minutes earlier than a press assertion was launched,” federation chief Luis Rubiales informed a joint information convention on Wednesday with Hierro.
“I’ve spoken with the gamers and what I can assure is that the gamers will do every thing of their energy, together with the brand new technical staff, to take the staff so far as attainable,” he added.
Lopetegui, who didn’t lose a single recreation in 20 matches as Spain boss, had signed a brand new contract with the federation till 2020 simply final month.
– ‘Greatest absurdity’ –
Spain gamers reportedly resisted his sacking, which got here as Spain are as a result of face European champions Portugal in Sochi on Friday earlier than taking over Iran and Morocco in Group B.
There have been fears Lopetegui’s appointment by the European champions may open up outdated divisions between the Actual Madrid and Barcelona factions within the Spain squad.
“You could possibly not begin a World Cup in a worse means,” wrote sports activities every day Marca.
High-selling every day newspaper El Pais referred to as Lopetegui’s dismissal “the most important absurdity within the historical past of Spanish soccer” in an article accompanied with a photograph of the sacked coach, carrying sun shades, as he left Russia.
“Vaudeville on the World Cup,” wrote rival every day El Mundo, including Wednesday was “the darkest day within the historical past of the Spanish nationwide staff”.
Hierro, 50, was named as an emergency substitute regardless of having just one season’s managerial expertise within the Spanish Second Division with Actual Oviedo.
He was common among the many gamers because the federation’s sporting director between 2007 and 2011, and returned to that position in November of final 12 months.
With at the least six of the anticipated beginning XI for the Portugal recreation to return from Madrid and Barca, Hierro, himself a former Actual captain, should guarantee membership loyalties do not additional undermine Spain’s possibilities with divisions already showing between the gamers and the federation.
“We do not have time to really feel sorry for ourselves. The target is to combat for a World Cup. The gamers have been working in direction of this for 2 years,” mentioned Hierro.
“I’ve informed the gamers that we now have an exquisite, thrilling problem and we won’t let this be an excuse to distract us from our dream
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