Spain international Julen Lopetegui, who yesterday got named as new manager of Champions League champion Real Madrid, has been sacked as Spain manager just before the World Cup on Wednesday.
The 51-year-old Lopetegui is set to takeover Zinedine Zidane’s place after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in a three-year deal, as it was decided that in the circumstances it was inappropriate for him to continue with Spain.
The Spanish Football Association president, Luis Rubiales, was supposed to be at FIFA’s congress in Moscow on Wednesday but flew to Spain’s training base late on Tuesday night to deal with the matter.
“We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck,” said Rubiales.
“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.”
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