Spain's manager sacked just one day before World Cup
Spain's manager sacked just one day before World Cup
14 June, 2018, 07:27
Lopetegui's last club job saw him take charge of Porto, being relieved of his duties after just 18 months after falling out of the Champions League group stage and leading the club to just third place in the league at the turn of the year.
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Rubiales confirmed that the players attempted to save Lopetegui's job, but insisted that the RFEF were unable to accept the way Lopetegui handled the situation.
Former Real Madrid star Hierro has been working in the Spanish national team set-up since his appointment as sporting director last November, with the move to appoint him as Lopetegui's replacement created to dilute the confusion around the squad. "We wish you the greatest of luck", said Rubiales. There is a way of acting that must be fulfilled. "We have been compelled to act". There is a lot to do.
"It was a decision I'd already taken, and even if other things can happen in life I'd say that I made the decision to stay at Juventus and respected what I'd said, without considering other options".
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui attends a press conference in Krasnodar, Russia June 8, 2018. [However], this has been done without knowledge of the RFEF.
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"We are going to touch as little as possible".
As it goes, the man who will take charge of the team while in Russian Federation will be Fernando Hierro (one of Zidane's former Real Madrid teamates).
The decision to remove Lopetegui appears to be at odds with how senior members of the national team feel.
You cannot do things this way. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger".
"I found out [about the deal with Madrid] five minutes beforehand and asked for nothing to be done, that I was getting a plane and coming here". But he kept on stressing that he had been told just five minutes before the announcement and clearly saw that as a major betrayal from his coach.
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