Spain has sacked manager Julen Lopetegui, just a day to the start of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Real Madrid announced yesterday that Lopetegui would succeed Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid boss. But Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales was said to be incensed with the decision coming just days before the world cup starts.
It was also reported Lopetegui only informed the Spanish FA just two hours before Real Madrid made the announcement.
Here’s the Spanish FA president Rubiales explaining the decision:
“We have decided to fire the national coach. What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck. The Spanish national team is the team of all the Spaniards. We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid.
“There is a way that you must act, Julen has worked in a great way with the team, but we cannot accept how he has acted in this case.”
It is unclear if Spain will look to hire a new coach or allow Lopetegui’s assistants to take charge of the team.