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.”