Stunner: Spain sacks coach Julen Lopetegui on eve of World Cup | Soccer


Julen Lopetegui has sensationally been sacked as head coach of Spain, simply two days earlier than its opening match on the 2018 World Cup.

Luis Rubiales, president of the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF), confirmed the information at a delayed information convention in Krasnodar on Wednesday.

Rubiales claimed he was left with little possibility after Lopetegui was named as the following head coach of Actual Madrid, claiming these discussions occurred with out the RFEF’s information and that he solely came upon minutes earlier than Los Blancos made their official announcement.

“We now have been pressured to dispense with the coach, remembering all the nice issues he has given us,” he instructed reporters.

“The RFEF, the nationwide staff, is the staff of each Spaniard and there are choices that must be taken. There needs to be a transparent message.

“Actual Madrid search for a coach and search for one of the best. I will not choose a membership on how they act however, till a couple of minutes earlier than, we had been stored at midnight. That may’t be ignored.

“I came upon [about the deal with Madrid] 5 minutes beforehand and requested for nothing to be performed, that I used to be getting a aircraft and coming right here.

“However, after 5 minutes, I noticed it within the press and we needed to react. We now have a duty. I do know there might be criticism however the values of the RFEF are set by the RFEF itself.”

Rubiales refused to touch upon Lopetegui’s doable alternative however did stress they might endeavor to have an effect on the squad “as little as doable”.

Spain sporting director Fernando Hierro and Beneath-21 coach Albert Celades have been tipped to take over for not less than the World Cup.

The deliberate media convention on Wednesday was delayed by greater than an hour whereas Rubiales reportedly held last-minute talks with Lopetegui.

There have been additionally rumors the staff’s senior gamers had known as for the previous Porto coach to remain in cost for the event.

Rubiales, although, insists the squad is fully targeted on Friday’s match in opposition to Portugal in Sochi.

“All this can be a huge blow, however we’re coaching once more later at this time, we’ll keep collectively and transfer ahead,” he stated.

“The gamers are very targeted and so they have instructed me they’re absolutely dedicated and can give 100 per cent.”

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