It’s been a very strange and stressful few days for Julen Lopetegui. After being announced as the new Real Madrid manager on Tuesday, -he was sacked by the Spanish FA with just a day to the World Cup
Following an interesting two days, Julen Lopetegui has spoken out for the first time. Speaking to Cadena Ser (via Marca), the new Real Madrid manager revealed that he was bitterly disappointed to no longer having the opportunity to lead the Spanish national team at a World Cup:
“I am very sad, but wishing that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win.
“We have a magnificent team and I hope that we win the World Cup.”
The decision to relieve Lopetegui of his duties – in spite of his unbeaten record as the Spanish national team manager – was made after the Spanish FA had been left out of negotiations between the coach and Real Madrid. RFEF president Luis Rubiales, during Wednesday morning’s press conference, revealed that Lopetegui had not conducted himself in ‘the right way’ (via ESPN):
“I very much admire Julen and respect him greatly. He seems to be a top coach and that has made it more difficult to make this decision.
“To win is very important. To have the best coach very important. But, above everything, is acting in the right way. Maybe this is tough now, but in the end, it will make us stronger.”
Rubiales also revealed that the Spanish did not find out that talks had been held between Los Blancos and Lopetegui just five minutes before the club’s official announcement:
“The federation cannot be left outside the negotiation of one of its employees and find out just five minutes before a public announcement. If anybody wants to talk to one of our employees, they have to speak to us, too.”