Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain manager after accepting Real Madrid job
With barely two days to its opening match against Portugal, the Spain’s football federation has sacked their coach, Julen Lopetegui.
Lopetegui has lost his job after it was announced on Tuesday that he would take over at Real Madrid following the World Cup in Russia.
It is understood that he was sensationally sacked after the country’s federation said he failed to tell them he had agreed to join Real Madrid after the tournament.
A statement released on Wednesday by the president of Spain’s football federation, Luis Rubiales, said, “We have to 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 the announcement 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.”
After the announcement, Rubiales said Lopetegui’s replacement would be announced “soon”.
Rubiales stressed that the federation had found out about Lopetegui’s move five minutes before it was announced by the Champions League winners.
“The coach, while he is a RFEF employee cannot do things in this way. I found out with a phone call five minutes before the official announcement. We feel obliged to take this decision,” Rubiales told a news conference at the team base in Krasnodar.
“If anyone wants to talk to one of our employees, they have to speak to us, too. It’s that basic. This is a Spain national team that represents all Spaniards, it’s the most important team we have and the World Cup is the biggest stage of them all.“I don’t feel betrayed, the problem is that things have been done with the complete absence of the RFEF, which is something (we) cannot let go by.”