Spain sack new Real Madrid boss Lopetegui

Spain have sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui after he was named the new Real Madrid boss – two days before their opening World Cup match against Portugal.

By SportBrief Reporter

Spain have fired their head coach Julen Lopetegui after he was said to have not notified them of his negotiations with UEFA Champions Read Madrid.

Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui would succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu on a three-year-deal.

Apparently, this did not go down well with Lopetegui’s then current employers, Spain, who were in the dark over the deal.

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) has now acted to dismiss the 51-year-old because the negotiation occurred “without any information to the RFEF”.

“I know it’s a very difficult situation. I know there’s going to be criticism whatever I do,” RFEF president Luis Rubiales said.

“I’m sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.

“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.”

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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