Spain Sack Coach Lopetegui Days To World Cup

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Julen Lopetegui, then manager of Spain, looks on prior to an worldwide friendly match between Spain and Switzerland at Estadio de La Ceramica on June 3, 2018 in Villareal, Spain.

Lopetegui had agreed to a three-year deal with Real Madrid, which will see him succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

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"The Spanish team is the team of all Spain", Rubiales said.

Spanish newspaper Marca report that Lopetegui flew out of Krasnodar airport shortly after the announcement and is already back in Spain.

Rubiales had been riled by being told of Lopetegui's decision to take the Real job just five minutes before it was made public. There is a way of acting that must be fulfilled. Julen has worked in a great way with the team, but we can not accept how he has acted in this case. There is a lot to do.

"I wasn't losing any sleep regarding a new contract as we all know that football is uncertain".

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Later Wednesday, Spain named Hierro as the coach for the tournament in Russian Federation. [However], this has been done without knowledge of the RFEF.

Hierro added the "the key is to touch as little as possible" and that in the coming two days he will not sleep while he watched video in preparation for the Portugal game.

"The circumstances are what they are and from now on I accept the responsibility bravely, it can't be any other way".

He said: "I'm very sad but we're hoping that we can win the World Cup".

The announce in terms of timing and impact is really bad, because the entire Spanish media pack will now be talking about Real Madrid throughout the World Cup, not the national team.

"[As for the players], they are completely determined to have a good World Cup. We have been obliged to make this decision". I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. "I know the circumstances and Julen's work has been fantastic and I wish him all the best", he said. "I found out five minutes before the official statement came out, I asked nothing to be done, because the news caught me in Moscow. If I wasn't sure that we couldn't have a great tournament, I wouldn't be here", Hierro said.

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