Spain have relieved Julen Lopetegui off his duties as head coach of the National team just a day to the World Cup commencement.
The 51-year-old was surprising named as Real Madrid’s new manager on Tuesday around 9 am UK time and agreed to take over after the conclusion of Spain’s World Cup campaign.
Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales was angered by the development and feel it’s an attempt to destabilized the team. Rubiales feels insulted not only him but the entire federation and considers it appropriate for Lopetegui to go in a unanimous decision.
“We have decided to fire the national coach,” Spanish Football Federation president, Luis Rubiales, said. “What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck.”
This is devastating, just less than 24hrs to the kick-off, just camp is divided, no coach. Reports suggest several Spain players wanted him to stay till the end of Spain’s campaign but Rubiales insisted he must leave after finding out of his agreement with Real Madrid to coach the Spanish giant in dying minutes. He felt Lopetegui should have open up ahead of time. So what now? Spain have two scores to settle in a very short time (i.e.) in less than a day. To get a manager that will be able to instill his character and philosophy in the team and also ensure the players’ happiness.
By sacking Lopetegui, the Spanish FA loses €2M meaning Real Madrid will get Lopetegui for free
Spain are pitted in group B alongside Portugal, Morroco and Iran and will kick-start their campaign against Portugal on Friday.